- In May, Bushcon swami Bill Kristol declared that slaughtering
large numbers of Iraqis "would be respected by Sunnis, Shiites and
Kurds alike Moqtada Sadr's militia must be rendered powerless. This will
have to be accomplished primarily by American and British military power."
And so it is, although "respect" is obviously not in the mix.
In fact, if anything, Bush's ill-advised invasion of Najaf and other Shi'ite
cities in southern Iraq-and the possible assassination of Mehdi Army leader
Moqtada al-Sadr-will "cause reverberations from Iran to Lebanon to
Pakistan," as Youssef Ibrahim, a former New York Times correspondent,
- Naturally, Kristol and the Bushcons want "reverberations"
and a violent response from Muslims. Kristol, as the Michael Corleone of
the Bushcons (the characterization is attributed to David Corn), wants
to stoke the fires of jihad because religious war is at the heart of the
Straussian neocon Master Plan-a "clash of civilizations" designed
to "reshape" the Middle East, that is to provide an excuse to
invade and conquer not only Iraq but Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia,
and lesser Arab nations. "We want you nervous," declared the
Bushcon and former CIA director James Woolsey, addressing every single
Muslim in the world. "We want you to realize now, for the fourth time
in a hundred years, this country and its allies are on the march and that
we are on the side of those whom you-the Mubaraks, the Saudi Royal family-most
fear: We're on the side of your own people." Of course, for the average
Iraqi or Palestinian, the assertion that the Bushcons are "on the
side" of the Arab people-as they kill them in the tens of thousands-is
nothing less than absurd. Kristol and Woolsey are on the side of the Likudites
in Israel and the stockholders over at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, where
the neocons are heavily invested (it's no secret 32 major administration
appointees are former executives with, consultants for, or significant
shareholders of top death merchant corporations).
- Woolsey and Kristol have taken a page from a script written
by Eliot Cohen, a scholar of military affairs based at Johns Hopkins School
of Advanced International Studies, who urges total war against Shia Muslims,
pan-Arab nationalists, and Wahhabi fundamentalists-in other words, much
of the Arab world. It would be easy to characterize Cohen as simply another
lone warmongering and racist crazy mired in the irrelevance of academe,
except for the fact that he keeps influential friends-for instance, Deputy
Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who has the ear of Bush and Rumsfeld-and
sits on the Defense Policy Board and is associated with PNAC, the Hoover
Institute, and other all-war, all the time neocon think-tanks, more accurately
described as criminal organizations plotting war crimes.
- Cohen is not afraid to admit the obvious: Bush's "creative
destruction" of Iraq and ultimately-if re-appointed in November-the
entire Arab world is part and parcel of a long-held Zionist plan to eviscerate
Islam and Arab culture. In a tributary letter to Bush shortly after September
11, 2001, Cohen and a gaggle of usual neocon suspects-including Richard
Perle, William Bennett, Daniel Pipes, and Norman Podhoretz-declared that
"the United States and Israel share a common enemy," i.e., the
"Axis of Evil," most notably the people of Iran, Iraq, and Syria,
nations "inspiring and financing a culture of political murder and
suicide bombing" against Israel, "just as they have aided campaigns
of terrorism against the United States over the past two decades."
As these luminaries readily admit, bunker-busting and clusterbombing the
Arabs into submission "will not be accomplished quickly or painlessly,"
it will require "fortitude" (in other words, the stomach for
mass murder) and "moral clarity and consistency" (translation:
the willingness to engage in serial murder no matter what the American
people desire or how vehement their opposition to the illegal and brutal
occupation of Iraq and the preparation for covert activities and invasions
of Iran and Syria, the next two targets on the neocon hit-list).
- As Juan Cole, an Iraq expert at the University of Michigan,
notes, the "Waco-style" Najaf attack, especially if "Sayyid"
(a putative descendant of the Prophet Muhammad) Muqtada is killed, will
most assuredly result in "a long-term low-intensity guerrilla war,
similar to what Sunni radicals and Arab nationalists have done in the Sunni
heartland for the past 16 months." Logically, we would conclude such
an attack is diametrically opposed to what the US wants in Iraq-until we
consider the capper of the neocon philosophy is to provoke Islam into a
generalized conflagration and thus provide an excuse to invade and occupy
the Middle East in the name of Greater Israel and Big Oil (with plentiful
benefits, as noted above, going to the so-called military-industrial complex,
or the death merchants so heavily invested in by the neocon camarilla in
the Pentagon, the White House, and neocon criminal organizations such as
PNAC and the American Enterprise Institute).
- According to Michael Corleone-cum-Bill Kristol, the pompous
dignitary of the neocon Mafia, the American people "are ambivalent
about Iraq," that is to say they are reluctant to donate their children
or themselves to the neocon and Likudite Master Plan for endless and obviously
unwinnable war against 1,902,095,000 Muslims, or one-in-four humans on
- Najaf is all about upping the ante. As it now stands,
Muqtada al-Sadr was wounded by shrapnel and Iraqi officials are attempting
to negotiate an end to the US-initiated offensive. Negotiations in Iraq,
however, have a peculiar way of going to hell in a handbasket in short
order. No doubt, for the Bushcons, these frivolous negotiations are but
a momentary distraction: in their fervid dreams, the US attacks the Imam
Ali shrine, where al-Sadr is "holed up," and incensed Muslims
around the world respond with attacks against "soft" US targets
(embassies, civilians, bankers in Washington, etc.), all of it playing
right into the Bushcon World War IV scenario as spelled out by Eliot Cohen,
James Woolsey, and the neocon Mafia intelligentsia.
- Is it possible terrorism in response to the destruction
of the Imam Ali shrine-and the murder of firebrand cleric al-Sadr-will
reach America and thus turn the "ambivalence" of the American
people, so abhorred by the likes of Bill Kristol, into the appropriate
blood lust of the sort required to get things back to where they were on
the September 12, 2001? Is it possible such an attack-or even the ominous
threat of an attack as faithfully telegraphed on cue by our Emmanuel Goldstein,
Osama bin Laden (via yet another apocryphal audio tape)-will rally the
masses behind Bush come November?
- No doubt the perfidious Straussian Bushcons hope so.