Is This Washington’s Last Chance to Finish Its Middle East ‘Hit List’?
Washington planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years. Will Trump finish the job, or change course?
Dr. William Wedin is a licensed clinical psychologist and long-time human rights activist who lives and practices in New York City
Let me start by saying that Trump's Executive Order on Friday, January 27, 2017, entitled -- "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" (which may be read in its entirety here) -- is NOT a "Muslim ban."
Though the American mass media have most of America convinced that Trump's Emergency Order (as I will hereafter call it as it took effect that very night at midnight without prior warning) is a "Muslim ban," in fact, his Emergency Order is very careful to refer only to countries, as the Constitution requires. "Muslim," "Islam," or for that matter, "Christian" or "Christianity" are never named.
Moreover, Trump's Emergency Order only refers to 7 out of 22 Middle Eastern countries (if we include North Africa), only one of which--Syria--is actually mentioned by name. That's because Syria has the distinction of being the only country out of the 7 that the Emergency Order specifically targets with a blanket ban on all asylum seekers indefinitely--though individual exceptions on a case-by-case basis may be made.
Yep. You can't blame this list on Trump alone.
For the rest of the list, the Emergency Order refers the reader back to the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, as Amended in 2016. The 7 countries named therein are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
What makes these 7 countries "special" is that the law proclaims them to be the "prime sources of [world] terrorism"--with snowy Iran the worst of all. Yes, the mortal enemy of Israel and Saudi Arabia. [Though Israel did support Iran in the Iran-Iraq War in opposition to the US, as Israel considered Saddam the greater threat back then.]
So we can dismiss all the evil gossip the mass media are spreading around about Trump putting this list together himself just to blackmail these 7 countries into financing Trump hotels to buy their way off "his" list. If the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act was signed into law in 2015, then this is an Obama list [at least if the trail ends there].
Surprised? I was. But that's the truth. It was President Barrack Obama who pushed for the passage of the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act and its later amendment.
And Obama wasn't morally conflicted whatsoever about using the new powers given him by his Terrorist Travel Prevention Act either. Though the liberal press uttered not a peep of protest, Obama was quick to suspend all immigration from Iraq for 180 days in 2015 (as compared with Trump's mere 90 days)--despite the rampant executions then taking place of Iraqis who had worked for the US during the occupation, along with Assyrian Christians [whose genocide is now almost total].
So did Obama invent this "sources of terrorism" list?
Not a man of his Satanic scholarship. [Sorry if my Christianity is showing.] These countries are the victims of the terrorists we send them--not their creators. We are.
[Along with our "friends."]
According to the Cato Institute, over a 40 year-period, between 1975 and 2015, these 7 nations did not produce so much as a single terrorism-related death in the US.
By contrast, Saudi Arabian terrorists have caused the deaths of at least 2,369 Americans here on American soil in that same period.
So where did this list originate then?
The terrible truth seems to lie with General Wesley Clark telling Amy Goodman of Democracy Now in 2007 of an ominous memo he was furtively shown a few weeks after 9/11 by a high-ranking friend at the Pentagon--who closed the door to his office and then whispered to Clark:
“I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran."
THE US WAS PLANNING TO TAKE OUT 7 COUNTRIES IN 5 YEARS?
I never voted for that!
But that was the Saudi/Israeli/Neocon Plan. To have the US Military bomb these 7 pitiful countries BACK TO SAND -- so that Israel and Saudi Arabia will then reign supreme as the Twin Regional Hegemons beneath the Sole Global Hegemon! The Imperial USA! USA! USA!
Yes. This was the plan for these 7 non-threatening nations. To paraphrase Tacitus: "To make them a desert and call that a peace."
Was that not ambitious to a delusional degree? Abandoning all humility?
"Youbetcha!" as Sarah Palin would say.
But after watching the Twin Towers brought down in their footprints no less! [and later Tower 7] -- all seemed also possible to us and our "friends." [Not that I am suggesting a "Truther" connection here.]
And yet this demonic dream of laying waste to these once beautiful, bountiful countries of rich antiquity and intricate complexity so that Israel and Saudi Arabia may rule over crushed people rubble remains appealing to some power-mad psychopaths even today.
Though tiny, starving Yemen has had to take the place of once-more thriving Lebanon on their hit list since Hezbollah's 2006 defeat of Israel has made Lebanon's destruction impossible--at least they may laugh with Hillary over Saddam's and Gaddafi's gruesome demise.
As for Trump...
He seems to be another Obama. Promising peace and prosperity to get himself elected. And then betraying those who voted for him.
Witness the fact that in his first 2 weeks in office Trump has continued to order overt and covert military operations against all of the nations on Obama's hit list. Even to finalizing an order left for him by Obama that sent SEAL Team 6 [of Osama bin Laden snuff film fame] on a nighttime mission in Yemen that resulted in the murder of 8 women and 8 children, ages 3-13--including a sweet little 8-year-old American girl, Nawar ("Nora") al-Awlaki--who was shot in the neck and allowed to bleed to death over the course of 2 hours while the SEAL Team watched. Obama had killed her American father, Anwar al-Awlaki, and her 16-year-old, American brother, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, in 2 separate drone strikes in 2011.
In terms of Obama's decisions, it is clear that our Harvard-trained, Constitutional-Lawyer President was careful to kill the American father "for cause" and then the American son with no explanation at all--in order to establish the important Constitutional precedent of the new Imperial Presidency that in this age of perpetual war a President can order the death of any person on the planet he pleases--even an innocent American boy--without review by any human court, but only God Alone: the President having laughingly given the slaughtered "due process" in his own mind. The Emperor Nero had no greater power when he used staked Christians for torches at his dinner parties.
But what was operating for Trump? Did he take Obama's waiting order to kill little Nora as a "dare"? Perhaps. But also, I fear, Trump was happily fulfilling his own Herod-like campaign promise to kill a terrorist's every member--no matter how innocent and young. And Nora was certainly both--and more, sweet smiling child that she was.
And then this ban. It's a bum rap to call it a "Muslim ban." It's a victims ban. It's a ban on all the victimized citizens of 7 victimized countries our nation has savagely abused for decades because they "stepped out of line." As when Reagan sent Rumsfeld to sell chemical weapons to Saddam to use against the soldiers and civilians of Iran. For that nation had gravely offended us in finally ousting the savage Shah we had imposed upon them after ending their fledgling Iranian republic [which had briefly nationalized their oilfields for the benefit of the people] back in 1953 in a CIA coup called Operation Ajax.
Yes, there was time when Saddam was our "friend"--because he was gassing Iranians.
And before that, Iran was our "friend" because the Shah was selling Iranian oil to the West for a song--with a kingly commission for himself, of course.
And if Trump's ever-more-powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has his way, our "safe" tactical nukes will soon turn the snowy streets of Tehran to glass. And what shadows of children burnt onto wallsl by those blasts will we see!
But for those of us--like myself--who may feel foolish or worse for hoping that Trump might lead us towards peace, The Saker has these wise words to say to us at the end of his must-read article on what it tells us about Trump that he would throw Flynn under the bus as he has, writing:
Frankly, my heart goes out to all those who sincerely hoped that Trump will be the man to free the US from the Neocons and restore the power of the “basket of deplorables” over the many minorities and special interests. Some will now indulge in a lot of “I told you so” but they will be wrong. To hope for the best was the right thing to do. Those who voted for Trump did the only thing in their power to prevent Hillary from occupying the White House. That was the right decision, they did the right thing, both morally and pragmatically.
I agree. I still believe that if Hillary had won, she would have tried to have a "limited" nuclear war with Russia, thinking she could "win" it. And that would have quickly led to a strategic exchange which would have meant the end of all humanity..
With Trump we may have a chance. But he is less predictable too.
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