- Few world leaders challenge US and Israeli crimes. Turkey's
Recep Tayyip Erdogan often assails Israel, including at a Pretoria, South
Africa Turkish foreign policy conference.
- On October 5, Haaretz headlined, "Turkey PM: Israel
a nuclear threat to Middle East," saying:
- On Wednesday, Erdogan called Israel "a threat to
the Middle East region for having....nuclear weapon(s)."
- Israel's open secret has it one of eight known nuclear
- In his 1997 book, "Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear
and Foreign Policies," Israel Shahak said that "Israel (is) clearly
prepar(ing) itself to seek overtly a hegemony over the entire Middle East
(with no) hesitati(on) to use for the purpose all means available, including
- Shahak also explained that Israel regards "the launching
of missiles (on its territory) as 'nonconventional' regardless of whether
they are equipped with explosives or poison gas."
- In turn, Israel's nuclear doctrine asserts that a "nonconventional"
attack requires a forceful response, implying a nuclear one. Shahak called
it the foundation of its grand strategy.
- According to Hebrew University's Professor of Military
History Martin Van Creveld, "We have the capability to take the world
down with us. And I can assure you (it) will happen before Israel goes
- Israel's double standard opposes other regional states
acquiring nuclear weapons or technology, but won't give up its own or right
to use them preemptively.
- Erogan knows Israel's "state terrorism" threat,
- "I see Israel as a threat to its region because
it has nuclear weapons. In addition, Israel is an occupying force and implements
state terrorism in the region."
- Moreover, Israel bombed Gaza with white phosphorus. "It
is a weapon of mass destruction and it is a crime to use weapons of mass
destruction....Gaza was besieged by tanks while it was also attacked with
- Israel stockpiles nuclear weapons while Iran "is
attacked by everyone" because it has a commercial nuclear program.
"What kind of justice is this?"
- He also condemned Israel's occupation, saying:
- "Palestinians, not Israel, are the owner(s) of these
lands. You can live in peace in South Africa right now, but Palestinians
do not have this kind of peace in their lands....The international community
must tell Israel that it is not above the law."
- Referring to Obama's threatened Palestinian UN membership
veto, he called for UN reform, adding:
- "The structure of permanent membership and non-permanent
memberships must change. Is there any African country among the permanent
members? No. How, then, will justice be served? Right now, the fate of
the whole African continent is in the hands of the five permanent members."
- In fact, it's threatened by Washington's AFRICOM allied
with Britain and France. Together they plan exploiting its resources and
people to shut out rival powers. BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, India and
China, as well as 52 African countries, of course, have their own say,
so new millennium Great Game strategy outcomes are very much up for grabs.
- Erdogan also thinks sanctions with teeth imposed on Israel
would have resolved regional peace long ago. Perhaps also full Palestinian
UN membership and liberation from occupation.
- New York Times Targets Outspoken Leaders
- Representing Washington and Israel, not its readers,
its September 20 editorial headlined, "Turkey's Leadership,"
- "....Erdogan's increasingly shrill denunciations
of Israel are a danger to the region as well as to Turkey....He needs to
stop playing for the applause lines and weigh the full consequences of
- Fact check
- Erdogan confronts Israel's crimes and regional danger
forthrightly. Few other leaders dare. Washington supports them.
- He's also rightfully furious over Israel's cold blooded
murder of nine Turkish nationals aboard the May 2010 Mavi Marmara humanitarian
ship, bringing aid to Gaza. Caught red-handed, Israel refused to apologize.
- In fact, Israel never says it's sorry, no matter how
grievous its crimes. The New York Times backs them, calling them self-defense,
not state terrorism. Erdogan wants accountability. So do Palestinians and
millions globally supporting them.
- "Mr. Erdogan is playing a particularly dangerous
game with Israel. (He) upped the ante....with his threat to send warships
into the Mediterranean to escort Turkish shipping."
- Fact check
- Erdogan wants peace, not conflict. Israeli belligerence
rejects it. In its customary role, The Times blames victims, not aggressors.
Erdogan speaks truth to power. The Times represents it in Washington, Tel
Aviv, and key Western capitals.
- Despite a considerable cross to bear, notably for allying
in NATO's Libya aggression, leaders like Erdogan confronting Israel deserve
praise, not condemnation.
- They also need others replicating their spirit against
Israel's global intent to use all its military might preemptively if threatened.
- New York Times, Take Two - Bashing Russia's Putin
- Times correspondents, op-ed commentators and editorial
writers regularly assail world leaders less than fully supportive of Washington
and Israel's worst crimes.
- Vladimir Putin is one. After announcing his 2012 presidential
candidacy, a September 28 Times editorial headlined, "President Putin
- Still months away, "the winner is pretty much decided."
Medvedev agreed to become prime minister if Putin's elected. "(M)ore
liberal and Western-oriented, (he couldn't) break the Kremlin's iron grip....Putin
proved again that he is really the one in charge."
- Fact check
- Saying the winner's "pretty much decided" implies
a rigged process the way America's duopoly controls US elections, but don't
expect Times writers to explain.
- Putin also replicates Erdogan's spirit. He publicly condemned
Bush's Iraq war based on contrived distortions and lies. He opposed Obama's
Libya aggression. He called Security Council Resolution 1973, instituting
a no-fly zone, "defective and flawed," saying (it) allows everything.
It resembles medieval calls for crusades."
- He denounced America's meddling in the internal affairs
of other countries, saying Russia must strengthen its defenses just in
- He and Medvedev both expressed great concern about Washington's
belligerent encroachment near its borders with menacing military bases,
interceptor missiles, advanced tracking radar, and other weapons.
- Times writers ignore the threat that's threatening the
- "Elections alone do not make a democracy, and Mr.
Putin, a former KGB officer, made clear his disdain for democratic rights.
His Russia is a place where journalists and human rights activists are
murdered with impunity....opponents are thrown in jail, and the media outlets
are controlled by or intimidated by the government."
- Fact check
- Though far from perfect, "his Russia" succeeded
Yeltsin's lost decade. He wrecked the country. Washington and Western leaders
supported him. So did major media scoundrels.
- Putin impressively stimulated growth. During his tenure,
living standards doubled. GDP rose 70%. Nearly all Russia's foreign debt
was repaid. About $402 billion in foreign currency reserves were accumulated.
- In 2008 dollars, GDP grew from $200 billion in 1999 to
$1.26 trillion in 2007. Russia rose from the world's 20th largest economy
to seventh ranked. Trade increased from 17% of GDP in 1990 to 48% in 2004.
- Russia was transformed from a basket case to a magnet
for foreign investment. Nonetheless, much unfinished business remains,
including raising the living standard for millions left out and dealing
- In contrast, Obama's out-of-control militarism, ties
to Wall Street, and imposed austerity is destroying America the way Yeltsin
returned Russia to 19th century depravation.
- Dissent in America is an endangered species. US citizens
abroad are murdered in cold blood. Domestic ones may be next.
- Muslims are persecuted for their faith and ethnicity.
Latino immigrants are terrorized for wanting work. America is a money-controlled
police state permanently at war.
- Leaders like Obama and Bush contemptuously trash democratic
values. America is the world's leading human rights abuser. It supports
wrong over right on an unmatched global scale. Its major media support
the worst of what harms global billions. They represent wealth and power,
not vitally needed social change.
- In contrast, Russia Today reaches 400 million viewers
globally. It presents real news, information and analysis. So does Voice
of Russia, reaching 110 million in 160 countries.
- They report Occupy Wall Street protests across America
accurately. America's media first ignored them, then became dismissive,
and now belittle what hopefully may become a national mission for progressive
- On October 5, tens of thousands of New York Occupy Wall
Street protesters (by far the largest assembly so far) faced brutal police
violence. It's what cops do, acting as "enforcers for crime bosses"
as Gerald Celente explains.
- The New York Times and other major media gave it scant
coverage, focusing mostly on presidential politics, the economy, and various
other topics unrelated to major world and national issues, especially on
- "Obama will have to find ways to continue working
with Mr. Putin. He will also have to be ready to speak out, clearly and
forcefully, when (he) bullies his own citizens or his neighbors. There
can be no illusions about who Putin really is."
- Fact check
- Obama solely represents wealth and power, scorns democratic
values, defiles rule of law standards, and threatens wars against independent
leaders, lurching from one to another.
- Putin and Medvedev understand the threat. Times writers
- On September 30, a Mark Kramer Times op-ed headlined,
"The Past and Future Putin," quoting a line from an old song
titled, "Won't Get Fooled Again," saying:
- "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss."
- Fact check
- It referred to political Washington. It's far more corrupt
and broken now than when the song came out 40 years ago, but Kramer bashed
"events in Russia last weekend."
- Polls, in fact, show Putin far outdistances Medvedev
and other 2012 presidential aspirants. Yet he claimed:
- "The Russian blogosphere featured endless petitions
calling on Medvedev to run for reelection."
- "Why were so many Russians and foreigners....'fooled
- "(T)here is no reason to believe (Putin) will return
to a more democratic political system (with) free and fair elections, respect
for civil liberties and observance of the rule of law....Political power
in Russia is now more concentrated in the hands of one one man (than) since
- Whew! Where to begin? Whatever political shortcomings
exist in Russia, they pale compared to America's corrupted broken system.
A political duopoly controls everything. As a result:
- electoral politics are kabuki theater;
- major media and PR industry scoundrels play lead roles;
- everything is pre-scripted;
- secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair
and open process;
- candidates are pre-selected;
- big money owns them;
- key outcomes are predetermined;
- both major parties share fault;
- partisan politics serve the privileged;
- voters get the best democracy money can buy;
- independents are shut out;
- media scoundrels ignore them;
- vital world and national issues are unaddressed;
- horse race journalism and trivia substitute;
- voter disenfranchisement is rife;
- millions can't vote in prison (the world's largest gulag
by far) or because of past criminal records;
- half of eligible voters opt out at times because their
interests go unaddressed; and
- elections are privatized; corporate-controlled machines
manipulate outcomes; fraud replaces democracy.
- As a result, same old same old substitutes for democratically
expressed public sentiment.
- Democrats are interchangeable with Republicans. Differences
between them are minor. Both sides support corporate interests, imperial
dominance, aggressive wars, and the divine right of bankers to have money
power to make more of it at public expense.
- "Russia (under Putin) will be something like Venezuela
under Hugo Chavez," said Kramer.
- If only America was that way instead of under Bush, Obama,
and corrupt congressional leaders beholden solely to wealth and power.
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