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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:42 PM
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Tom Hayden. Crisis in Lebanon could hurt Dems fight against Iraq war.
Tom Hayden: Things Come Round in Mideast
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20060718_tom_hayden... /
Read the whole thing. Please.

In 1982, Tom Hayden, famous antiwar activist was running for election for a California State Assembly seat. He also went to the Israel/Lebanon border, as Israel was bombing and then occupying Lebanon, and repeated the official Israeli line "Israel has a right to defend itself". It got him votes, but he now says it is one of the worst mistakes he has made. He says it would be tragic if politicians were to commit the same mistake again. It will be playing right into the hands of Rove and company.


What I fear is that the Israeli lobby is working overtime to influence American public opinion on behalf of Israels military effort to roll back the clock and change the map of the region, going far beyond issues like prisoner exchange.

What I fear is that the progress of the American peace movement against the Iraq war will be diverted and undermined, at least for now, by the entry of Israel from the sidelines into the center of the equation.

What I fear is the rehabilitation of the discredited U.S. neoconservative agenda to ignite a larger war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. The neoconservatives 1996 Clean Break memo advocated that Israel roll back Lebanon and destabilize Syria in addition to overthrowing Saddam Hussein. An intellectual dean of the neoconservatives, Bernard Lewis, has long advocated the Lebanonization of the Middle East, meaning the disintegration of nation states into a chaos of squabbling, feuding, fighting sects, tribes, regions and parties.

This divide-and-conquer strategy, a brainchild of the regions British colonizers, is already taking effect in Iraq, where America overthrew a secular state, installed a Shiite majority and its militias in power and now portrays itself as the only protection for Sunnis against those same Shiites. The resulting quagmire has become a justification for American troops to remain.

What I fear is trepidation and confusion among rank-and-file voters and activists, and the paralysis of politicians, especially Democrats, who last week were moving gradually toward setting a deadline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. The politics of the present crisis favor the Republicans and the White House in the short run. How many politicians will favor withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq under present conditions? Isnt this Karl Roves game plan for the November elections?

What I know is that I will not make the same mistake again. I hope that my story deepens the resolve of all those whose feelings are torn, conflicted or confused in the present. It is not being a friend of Israel to turn a blind eye to its never-ending occupation.
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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:48 PM
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1. re headline: Count on it! nt
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:57 PM
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2. I hope we can read this quietly -- first.
Edited on Wed Jul-19-06 07:57 PM by sfexpat2000
K&R
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 12:19 AM
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9. Be vewy vewy qwiet--- shhhhhhhhh
:blowskissquietly:
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 08:00 PM
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3. I think that this is rove's little joke on us...I believe that Israel and
bush decided to do this to keep these filthy repugs in power and also benefit Israel...I also think that these dems that stand with bush on the war in Iraq might have had some heads up on this Israel invasion of Lebanon...maybe we should make Israel another state of America..
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 08:36 PM
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5. believe this 1000%
what Israeli stands to gain is minimal, reducing the arsenal of Hezbollah, how is that going
to accomplish any long term goal when they are supplied by Iran. This is a wag the
election issue; they are trying to splinter the Democrats and soften the groundswell support
to re-elect Pugs in 06, especially if there is another false flag attack on Americans.
Terra, Terra, Terra, Don't criticize me, Terra, Terra, Terra, 9-11, Part Two, pay no attention
to the man behind the curtain.
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 08:52 PM
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6. To support Israels actions here is to really do the people of Israel
a grave disservice.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:07 PM
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7. I don't believe we are support the Israelis by supporting this
Edited on Wed Jul-19-06 09:07 PM by MissWaverly
It's the neocon's over there who have trumped this all up, just like our march to Iraq to
"protect" the American people, it's easy to invade but tough to get out, and Hezbollah
has an estimated 1.5 million followers, many of whom are ordinary civilians by day
and terrorists by night.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 08:22 PM
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4. Great post TJ!
thank you. Much food for thought here.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 11:56 PM
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8. That's part of the plan, I think. Same goes for backing of future attacks
Edited on Thu Jul-20-06 12:01 AM by Nothing Without Hope
on Syria and Iran.

The Likud extremists wanted it, the neocons wanted it. And now all too many of the Dems are falling all over themselves to show how "pro-Israel" they are. All over again, a moral stand against violence and attack of civilians is declared "unpatriotic." Helped along by the echo chamberof the media.

I am so sick about this. There's no end in sight.

Here are two threads i posted today on the Senate resolution giving Israel carte blanche to do what it wants in the MidEast and also calling for sanctions on Syria and Iran:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
ACTION ALERT: Oppose House Resolution Supporting Israel's Attacks!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
SENATE RESOLUTION calling for Iran, Syria SANCTIONS & supporting Israel

Meanwhile, the security of the US is being sold to the highest bidder - again - and it's slipping under the radar:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
thread title (7-19-06): URGENT: Oman Trade Pact - US port foreign ownership close to passing

And this isn't just foreign ports. US defense contractors, you name it. If they've got the cash and the connections, it doesn't matter who they are, they can buy it. I'm sure some of that plentiful cash is finding its way into the campaign coffers and secret accounts of the representatives who are voting for it.

And Arlen Specter's craven bill is even worse than the Patriot Act. It would make it "legal" for Bush to spy on us and do anything he wants. it's a total capitulation.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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