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Friday, July 27, 2012

Wacky-pedia strips me of my Ph.D.

Wikipedia has been defaming me for six years. Please help fix this problem.

I hold a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Masters Degrees in English and French from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature (Arabic-Islamic Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Here is Wikipedia's description of my educational credentials:

That's just one of the dozens of insane hallucinations and bald-face lies that have been plaguing my Wikipedia page ever since it first went up.

There is a whole section entitled "Recent History" that lies about events five years ago, and has no recent history at all, true OR false. This section was written by Brian Good, a psychopathic sex stalker who sexually harassed female activists by forcing them to listen to sickening descriptions of his jealous fantasies of them having sex with me, William Rodriguez, and other leading 9/11 activists. He cyber-stalks me (and William Rodriguez), apparently due to his psychotic jealousy. Why a certified loon's mendacious and incoherent ravings about alleged events five years ago should be my "Recent History" is a mystery that only Wikipedia's editors can fathom.

Then there is the claim that I expressed support for three holocaust revisionists in a "documented email exchange."  The claim is that this email exchange happened in 2005. But at that time I had never even heard of two of the three revisionists I supposedly supported!  There is in fact no documentation of any such email, just a claim by a Zionist stalker with a conspiracy website.  Since when can one blogger's unsupported allegations about contents of private emails be a legitimate source for an encyclopedia?!

These are just a few of the dozens of lies and incoherent attempts at libel that litter my Wikipedia page. I have repeatedly tried to correct the false items, to no avail. Obviously someone at Wikipedia has an agenda.

New Syria Press TV interview; Night of Power & 9/11 truth

Sunni Ship sent this wonderful post on 9/11 truth and the Night of Power, the climactic night of Ramadan: http://ummahphantom.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/night-of-destiny-campaign-for-911-truth/

Meanwhile, I just did another Press TV interview on Syria. It came out better than expected, considering that I was feeling slow-witted from fasting, had no time to prepare, and kept losing contact with Press TV due to Zionist jamming and/or sunspots.

The infrastructure of Syria is facing dangerous levels and the fighting between the Syrian army and the armed groups is spreading to other cities as well.

Syria has been the scene of violence by armed groups since March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including many security forces.

The Syrian government says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, author and Islamic studies expert, to further discuss the issue.

The video also offers the opinion of an additional guest: Lawrence J. Korb from the Center for American Progress.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Why do you think Syria has come under such a fierce campaign by the West, Washington’s Arab allies and Turkey?

Barrett: Well this is part of a destabilization campaign in the Middle East and I think there are two overall strategic reasons for this. One is that the US empire is trying to consolidate its position worldwide as it has been eclipsed by the fastest growing economies of the BRIC countries and secondly I think that the hard line like…Zionist in Israel are hoping to redraw the map of the Middle East in a way that is more favorable to them while they have the chance in their using American military power to do it.

And Zionists I think are hoping to break these countries up into smaller units that would never be able to pose any kind of strategic threat to Israel and we have seen this happen with Sudan, we have seen it happen to a certain extent with Iraq and we might see it happen in spades in Syria because Syria is perhaps the most right candidate for this kind of destabilization.

There are ethnic divisions, there are confessional divisions in Syria, they can be exploited by the masters of empire in their dividing conquer strategy and that is what they are doing and it is a tragedy that the Muslims of Syria in particular and the Christians as well are falling for this and in particular that the hard line Sunni Muslims who are sometimes called al-Qaeda, many of them are playing the game of the Zionist-American empire.

They have done this before, these are the same people who have run drugs for the CIA and harassed the Russians on paramilitary missions for the CIA and today some of these same people are back, are taking money and funding and direction from the US and Zionist empire in this war in Syria and it is a real tragedy.

I think Muslims need to unite against this kind of imperial meddling and against this kind of Zionist destabilization of the Middle East.

Press TV: Mr. Barrett the debate is going towards the fact that the opposition is trying to gain the upper hand in Syria. I mean we have referendum that was held in Syria and the reforms have been made there, why has this gone unseen in Syria?

Barrett: Well I think that the big international media, the Western media in particular is presenting only one side of the story here and I would like to take issue with one thing the other guest said which is that he is claiming that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are Muslim countries who are presumably not acting on behalf of any outside interest and of course that is complete nonsense.

Turkey is a member of NATO and it has been run by these hard line operation Gladio of NATO people forever who controlled Turkey partly through drug smuggling and criminality and yes, Turkey does have a more democratic and Islamic government now than it did in the past but the reason that it is taking NATO’s side in Syria is not because the Muslims of Turkey want that, it is because NATO is leaning on Turkey likewise Saudi Arabia is a puppet of the Zionist-American empire that props up the Western financial system by putting all of its oil money into the American dollar and in other ways helping to prop up the Western financial system.

And so these actors are not acting on behalf of the global Muslim community. They are acting on behalf of the American-Zionist empire which is ultimately controlled by eight big banking families.

So let us be very clear about that. The plan to destabilize Syria is a lot bigger than just the fact that asserts many of the Syrian people want reform and I agree with them . Syria needs reform, Syria does need a kind of a compromise between the different factions and it needs to change but the trend towards a foreign funded terrorist war on the government in Syria is a terribly destructive trend.

The only possible outcome of this as President Putin recently said is eternal civil war in Syria and this would be a horrifying prospect, anybody who cares about the outcome for the Syrian people. It might be a good prospect if you are somebody like Netanyahu who wants Syria to be taken out of the equation, wants Syria to not have any kind of military strength or unity with which it could confront the stolen Golan Heights and demand the rights of the Palestinian people.

So I think if the opposition in Syria had made the smart move and not accepted all of this military help from the outside and turned to terrorism, if instead they had bravely continued to demonstrate peacefully and they were brutally suppressed a couple of times but they should have kept with that high road as to the people of Tunisia and Egypt, and when certain groups in Syria did not and decided to join with this terrorist version on behalf of the Zionists and the Americans, this was a terrible, terrible mistake and I hope that it can still be rectified.

Press TV: Mr. Barrett, we have the West, the Arab League is in Turkey obviously seeking a regime change in Syria. Why is there this obsession with getting rid of the Bashar al-Assad government? Let me put forward the quotes to you by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, he says that ‘we fear that if the current government is toppled by non-constitutional means, the opposition and the current government might simply swap places’?

Barrett: That is a good point and then there will be a civil war in the future. It is a terrible situation and you ask why is there this dedication to destabilizing Syria and pushing for regime change in Syria? And the answer is that these outside powers that are arming the armed gangs that are fighting against the Assad government in Syria are not interested in democratic rights of the Syrian people, they are obviously not interested in democratic rights of the people of Arabian Peninsula either.

Instead what they are interested in is destabilizing Syria, it is a thorn in the side of Israel and they are also interested in getting Syria out of the way of a perspective war on Iran or at least military pressure on Iran.

So it is a strategic move, it is certainly not any genuine concern with human rights and democracy.

Press TV: Mr. Barrett, the West says it is concerned according to Mr. Korb [the other guest of the program], the West is concerned about Syria but why isn’t it concerned about Bahrain or Saudi Arabia?

Barrett: Well again it is a strategic thing. I do not really believe the other guest is completely convinced by his own rhetoric, I am sure that he has gone to school long enough to learn that international strategic relations are governed by matters other than sort of concern with democracy and human rights for the Syrian people that he professes.

In fact the regimes in the [Persian] Gulf oil states are at least as oppressive and unrepresentative of their people as the Syrian government and the West is far from trying to push for any kind of democratization in those countries particularly Bahrain which is the base of US Fifth Fleet I believe and there it is the Khalifa regime is being propped up by the West in the face of a genuine peaceful popular uprising whereas over in Syria we have what may have begun as a peaceful popular uprising quickly morphing into a terrorist war against the regime supported by outside players.

And this is pretty outrageous. I mean if here in the US we had other countries funding terrorist attacking the US government that would be universally reviled and likewise I think that if outside Paris were meddling in any other country it would likewise be reviled.

I am not really sure where these masters of empire in places like Washington DC ever got the right to decide which nations can be destabilized by terrorism, by outside players and that is okay whereas other nations would never allow that to happen and I think ultimately it is just a matter of power, it might make rights and that is what is really going on and what I am hearing from this other guest really I am sorry to say, it sounds like just rank, it is admitting the stench of rank hypocrisy just like almost everything else we are hearing from the Western capitals these days.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Alexander Cockburn and the hypocrisy of 'Non-Proliferation'

File photo of a US-made B61 nuclear bomb that can be launched from a range of different aircraft.
File photo of a US-made B61 nuclear bomb that can be launched from a range of different aircraft.

Alexander Cockburn and the hypocrisy of 'Non-Proliferation'

By Kevin Barrett 
"Today, the Zionist-dominated US empire is seeking to establish a near-monopoly of nuclear weapons, which would allow that empire to use these weapons at will. To prevent their use, as Alexander Cockburn saw, we must arm the prospective victims." 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Haste to blame Iran reveals Bulgaria bombing as false-flag

by Kevin Barrett, for Press TV

Even before the dust had settled and the victims were laid to rest, the Israelis and their global media assets were blaming Iran for the attack in Burgas, Bulgaria.

The Washington Post, America's second most influential Zionist newspaper, reported on Thursday: “Israeli and American officials have blamed the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for the bombing.” Yet the Post article acknowledged that Bulgarian officials had not even identified the bomber!

This “rush to judgment” suggests that Israel, not Iran, is the probable author of the attack.

History shows that whenever authorities blame a convenient scapegoat before the evidence is in, the attack in question is almost certainly a false-flag event...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Byron Belitsos on "US liquidating dissidents"

Non-lethal weaponry puts its victims in a bind - if they complain, they sound "crazy"!

My Press TV article "Disable the purveyors": Is US secretly liquidating dissidents?" has gone viral (it currently gets 20,000 google hits).

In the article, I cited Byron Belitsos, a West Coast activist and publisher, who had described to me the apparent electromagnetic harassment that he and other 9/11 truth activists experienced during the first few years after 9/11.

Byron wrote to me to say:

Kevin, your piece is a very important one, but you attribute statements to me that are quite incorrect in regard to the technology and other aspects of this incident. EMF attacks are vastly more sophisticated than the use of vans beaming people from close proximity. That’s 1960s technology. Please get better educated about this subject, and please check with me before quoting me. I have published a lengthy paper on my experiences with EMF attacks (and much else) entitled “Weapons of Mass Coercion.” Below is an excerpt, and the long paper is located at my blog here:
Best regards,
Byron Belitsos

 . . .And this was the situation on the ground—when “it” happened.

Just as the work of this motley collection of activists, whistleblowers, and writers was gaining traction nationally, people in and around the group began falling sick. Individuals reported strange symptoms, mysterious physiological effects without a known source. The reports soon began to reflect a familiar pattern, albeit with variations: Generally, many (but not all) of the activists experienced an odd, sometimes flu-like, “electrical” feeling; the more sensitive or discerning ones reported that a discrete energy had seemingly—and silently—entered their body. They could feel an unfamiliar, stinging, tingling, painful sensation sometimes centered at the throat, other times the heart or the hara (so-called third “chakra” just below the belly button), or at times infusing the entire body, often moving and branching out quickly from the point of entry. The feeling was immediately disagreeable and negative, they reported, and was often accompanied by sleeplessness, disorientation, exhaustion, depression, or anxiety—and almost always a foul physiological feeling. These were some of the more personal reports I collected:

“It was a nondescript toxic feeling.”

“I had a spasm in my back on the ribs—whole area was swollen—and the effect was debilitating. Had difficulty even turning over in bed.”

“It’s oppressive, can’t move—can’t  even ask for help. Immobilizing.”

“Some days it is purely emotional: I was losing it all day and crying.”

“The typical attack started with a pain at the base of head, basically the brain stem. Then it would shoot up into the head and envelop the whole head.”

“It came in and my whole body was electrified. Came in at the chest.”

“All my thoughts were ‘terminal.’”
“For the first 40 minutes my heart was uncontrollable, just racing and racing. My chest was so constricted that I thought I couldn’t breathe!” [More detail on this latter report that involves the executive director of 911truth.org is provided at Appendix B]

In my own case, I would feel the gradual onset of a negative stinging or tingling sensation, usually beginning in the hara or in the heart center, and then extending from the front to the back of the body within 20 minutes. This incoming “electrical” sensation was always accompanied by involuntary muscle contraction, an appearance of redness, and a rise in temperature in the area of contact; it would be mild at first, and then increasingly painful, sickening, and debilitating. Within the first hour, the energy usually spread to the head area, where a rapidly tingling and disturbing sensation would afflict sensitive areas of the tongue, mouth, and eyes.

It soon became clear that attacks were usually designed to strike the victim at regular times and on particular days of the week; but for some it was as if a remote device had been beamed at the person 24/7, although in these cases it was less discernible. It was clear that these were intended to be nonlethal “warning” attacks that would let up once the individual was somewhat “neutralized.”

For those who experienced periodicity, there was a different pattern for each one. M.J. was every three days. F.C. every two days. C.B. was once a week. Another person was hit 5 to 6 times per week.

In my own case, I was usually hit for two to three hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes Saturdays—over a period of three months.

Others, perhaps less sensitive, simply went to bed sick or depleted, without the felt experience of an energy source hitting them at a specific time or place on the body; they were sick nonetheless for no clear reason. Some just seemed to get “upset” and negative. The variable response is likely the result of a medical phenomenon known as “electrical sensitivity.”

With so many reporting strange effects or illnesses, the group soon compared notes. Some of us at first thought that these energetic hits must be powerful “psychic attacks”—and we soon learned that, indeed, such human-generated energetic attacks are well noted in the literature of shamanism and parapsychology, and that they can be interdicted by a well-trained psychic.

Everyone was desperate to halt the attacks on them. Given the emergency circumstances, we were most fortunate to locate and work with an advanced healer and psychic. This man, who worked primarily pro bono over many months, was sympathetic to our 9/11 work. He acted, in effect, as our “psychic body guard,” as he had done for others, including celebrities.

But this person, P.G., soon determined, to his great surprise, that our particular attacks were different  in kind: they were unstoppable. During the designated time that the signal was “on,” one had to suffer through it. Fortunately, our psychic was able—by using a distance healing technique—to “clear” the energies once the attack came to an end, and he even taught some of us how to rid ourselves of the after-effects.

The effect of P.G.’s clearings were unmistakable and required 10 to 20 minutes of time. One felt as if the noxious energy slowly left one’s body, organs, and nervous system. Then, after the clearing, you simply had to rest and recover emotionally and energetically from the temporary trauma. We were unsure about longer-term effects at the time.

Having engaged in shamanic “psychic combat” before, P.G. was at first amazed when he detected that there was a machine on the other end, not some psychic adept; in fact, he reported that he could, through remote viewing, actually discern the machine operators as well. And he was equally astonished to realize that a specialized software-driven computer could not only emulate psychic energies, but could also transmit them to a discrete individual, and do so much more efficiently than the genuine psychic attacks he had intercepted for previous clients. Attacks on us, he reported, were highly controlled; they varied in intensity, form, and energetic frequency; and all were obviously generated by remote operators working with a bank of machines of some sort that sent out electromagnetic beams. We therefore came to call the phenomenon “EM attacks.”

“When I first detected this,” P.G. told me, “I said to myself, ‘This just can’t be right—I must be mistaken—it can’t be a machine!’ I could not accept it emotionally at first. I was beside myself. It is just so scandalous . . . It had an entirely indifferent energy signature; you can sense it having no feeling.”

Some activists stayed apart entirely, in disbelief, even though P.G. could detect attacks against them using his own advanced “remote viewing” skills; but these folks refused to believe it.

One targeted activist went it alone. A member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and a hardware engineer in Silicon Valley, he took it upon himself to come up with a hardware solution to the bombardment against him. He built an enclosed space formed by conducting material that he believed would protect a section of his home. (Known as a Faraday cage, such enclosures are routinely used to protect electronic equipment from lightning strikes and electromagnetic radiation.) But this approach simply did not work. This middle-aged man soon became sick and distraught; his girlfriend left him; his landlord evicted him because of his claims to be under attack by some invisible force. And then this man, a beloved, intelligent, well-educated, and gentle activist, disappeared entirely, moving to a mountainous area to escape attack.

Because of this episode, the targeted individuals in the group were severely set back for a time. I myself suffered over 20 episodes of attack, with most events closely witnessed by others, including an MD physician who came to fully believe my claims.

Now ill and distraught, I quit the 9/11 movement and entirely closed my book publishing business. My one full-time employee had also been attacked and knew it; she had quickly left the company with my approval earlier on.

Finally, I put an entire house-full of furniture in storage and left the country for six weeks, sojourning in Cyprus, Greece. I did indeed shake off the attacks through this drastic action, but upon my return, I needed extensive medical treatment for a severe immune system collapse and multiple related problems, such as months of fatigue, loss of libido, numerous allergies I had never before experienced, and entrenched viral and bacterial infections.

During the entire process, P.G. and I also became convinced that cultivation of a spiritual consciousness, devoted prayer, and cultivation of an energetically healthy body or “biofield” all offer effective ways to interdict at least some EM attacks.

On the other hand, the attacks we witnessed varied in kind and intensity in almost every case; one could not necessarily be prepared for every form of energy that the perpetrators had to throw at you. And some attacks were “diabolical”; attempts to disable or dislodge them with healing or loving energy (a well-known shamanic technique when faced with a hostile psychic attack) actually empowered the attack; every and any kind of interdiction energy actually fed these attacks. That’s another reason why P.G. early on decided to wait for the energy zapping to cease before he performed the “clearing.”

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Suu Ky's silence on oppression of Muslims shocking: Analyst

Rohingya people trying to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape the genocide

The West, led by the US, is pouring huge sums of money into Myanmar (Burma) and blathering about the supposed "democratization" of that long-time human rights pariah nation. Meanwhile, the Rohingyas - a Muslim ethnic group called "the most persecuted group in the world" by the UN - are facing slow-motion extermination. Though they've lived there for centuries, Burma's government refuses to grant them citizenship, and is trying to get rid of them. Mass murder, pogroms, the burning of homes and mosques - the usual tools of attempted genocide - are being deployed against them. And still the US lavishes money and praise on the regime...while Nobel prize-winning human rights icon Ang San Suu Kyi ignores the genocide in her own country. I was a guest on yesterday's Press TV program on the slow-motion genocide of the Rohingyas:

Suu Ky's silence on oppression of Muslims shocking: Analyst

Myanmar's democracy icon Ang San Suu Kyi and Nobel Peace prize winner has not spoken out against atrocities and ethnic cleansing proposal against the Rohingya people. The silence from Ang San Suu Kyi is deafening as Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, a former junta general said on Thursday that the "only solution" was to send nearly a million Rohingya Muslims - one of the world's most persecuted minorities -- to refugee camps run by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). "We will send them away if any third country would accept them," he added. "This is what we are thinking is the solution to the issue." The UN refugee agency has snubbed the idea of setting up refugee camps to accommodate the Rohingyas. The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movements and withholding land rights, education and public services. For the past two years, waves of ethnic Muslims have attempted to flee the country in the face of systematic oppression by the Myanmar government. The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize them claiming the Rohingyas are not native and has classified them as illegal migrants, although they have lived in Myanmar for centuries.

Full story and video:


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Like There's No Tomorrow

"Like There's No Tomorrow"

Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:11AM

By Kevin Barrett

The Zionist-American axis is pushing its nuclear brinksmanship on Syria, Russia and Iran like there's no tomorrow."

The powers that be have decided to ignore climate change, and pump carbon into the atmosphere like there's no tomorrow.

The USA is letting its infrastructure crumble like there's no tomorrow.

The Zionist-American axis is pushing its nuclear brinksmanship on Syria, Russia and Iran like there's no tomorrow.

The world's financial system, including the core institutions that hold it together - especially those institutions - is gambling, cheating, lying, and generally throwing money away like there's no tomorrow.
The Western powers, built on Enlightenment values, have thrown those values overboard and are rushing to build police states like there's no tomorrow.
We act as if we are in a tremendous hurry to destroy the Amazon rainforests, the lungs of the planet; overfish the oceans and fill them with plastic garbage and radioactivity; and deplete the last drop of groundwater in arid regions like the American West - all in absurd haste, like there's no tomorrow.

Maybe our leaders really believe that there IS no tomorrow?   

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Double standards?! Who, US? (Plus, my Press TV interview archive)

Here's my latest interview on Press TV. Scroll down to find links for previous Press TV interviews. -KB

US seeks to dominate world through double standards: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, author and Islamic studies expert, Madison about US double standards in supporting a pledge to hunt down global terrorism, but actually supporting terrorist gangs and working with them to topple independent or sovereign governments. The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: We were discussing the role of the US and its Arab allies in fueling the unrest in Syria. Kofi Annan is in Syria right now and he has also pointed out that the elements that are backing militant gangs in Syria are hindering the hopes for peace.

Syria has time and time again called for the issue of foreign interference to be raised at the UN Security Council to no avail. Why isn't this issue being brought into more focus as far as the UN goes?

Barrett: There is a double standard at work. It seems the different countries look at these things differently particularly the US, which is trying to dominate the world unilaterally. It is seeking to impose its double standard on the world.

If any other nation were supporting armed forces attacking the US from within the US that would be called terrorism and of course it would be unacceptable.

But when the same thing is happening in Syria and it is in fact the US that is supporting these armed forces attacking the Syrian government, that's supposedly different. But it isn't really.
At some point, the world needs to establish a single standard to deal with all these situations.
And in Syria the fact that there are foreign parties supporting these anti-government rebels, is going to have to be dealt with openly and it should be part of the process with Kofi Annan.

Press TV: Regarding the recent Friends of Syria meeting held a few days back, there was a call for imposing a Libya-Style scenario on Syria as far as implementing a no-fly zone, which was vehemently rejected by Russia. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton responded saying Russia will pay a price for it stance on Syria.

Where is this going to head? Do you think the US is banking on this Libya-style scenario to be replicated in Syria or are they going to try other ways to achieve their aims?

Barrett: I don't think they will be able to impose their so-called no-fly zone on Syria, which really means shooting down planes and bombing the country. It's an Orwellian sort of doublespeak term that doesn't mean what it sound like it says.

And the Russians learned their lesson in Libya and Russia does have a much closer relationship with Syria than it had with Libya and I don't think the Russians are going to be allowing the US and other countries to be attacking Syria openly. So I think that really is off the table, I can't imagine that the US government is crazy enough to try to risk a war with Russia over Syria where really the US has no vital interests.

This is a war in which I've said in other Press TV interviews…
The real force behind the war is the Likud Zionist Party in Israel, which has an agenda to destabilize the Middle East and in particular to break Syria up into a number of different countries based on their various ethnic and religious differences.
This has been a Zionist project for decades and you can see it coming to fruition today as they've managed to get the US on board with it and they're laying waste to the whole region.

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Some of my other Press TV interviews:

US slave of extremist Likud Zionism in Mideast: American author (7/7/2012)

Syria destabilization only serves Israeli right wing Likud extremist interests‎ (7/7/2012)

‘Military anti-Islamic course gross violation of US Constitution’  (6/21/2012)

Western leaders have no credibility regarding Syria crisis: Analyst (5/28/2012) 

War against Muslims started even before 9/11 (5/14/2012)

Saudis seek Nazi-style occupation of Bahrain: Analyst  (5/13/2012)

‘West,  Zionists seek instability,  division in Syria’ (4/30/2012) 

Muslims victims of ‘massive propaganda campaign’ (4/17/2012)  

‘Israel conspires to destabilize Syria' (4/11/2012) 

US engaged in 'war on Islam'  (2/28/2012)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My latest Press TV interview: "US slave of Likud Zionism"

Watch my latest (very brief) Press TV interview:

US slave of extremist Likud Zionism in Mideast: American author

An American author and Islamic studies expert says the United States is the slave of the cause of the extremist Likud Zionism that seeks to destabilize the entire Middle East, Press TV reports.

Kevin Barrett said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday that Washington and its allies have “all rallied to the cause of extremist Likud Zionism trying to destabilize the entire region.”
“I think the Likudniks want to plunge the Middle East into a big war, which would allow them to finish the ethnic cleansing in Palestine and to escape prosecution for 9/11 and the wars it triggered,” Barrett said, referring to the Israeli Likud party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I think it is actually Likud interests that are being served. Not even Israeli interests, but the extremist right wing Likud interests are being served by destabilizing the region.”

The American expert also stated that the current turmoil in Syria is “an orchestrated attempt to destabilize a country by the US and its Israeli partner, although partner is not really the word.”
“I think master and slave is more the relationship (between Tel Aviv and Washington) these days.”
Barrett’s comments come at a time when the anti-Syria Western governments have been calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

On June 3, President Assad said Syria is “facing a war from abroad,” and that attempts are being made to “weaken Syria, [and] breach its sovereignty.”

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pat Buchanan: "Why This Obsession With Iran?"

Pat Buchanan was one of Nixon's top advisors, and has been a leader of the relatively sane wing of the Republican Party ever since.  Below is my interview with Pat from last November, along with his latest op-ed, which asks: "Why this obsession with Iran?"

I can answer that, Pat: The neocon Likkudniks are obsessed with attacking Iran in order to:

(1) Create a big Mideast war to "flee forward" and avoid prosecution for the crimes of 9/11/2001 and the wars it triggered.

(2) Create a big Mideast war in order to finish the ethnic cleansing of Palestine under "fog of war" conditions. When the fog lifts, there will be no more Arab citizens of Israel and no more Palestinians between the Jordan and the Mediterranean - they will have been murdered or made double-refugees. This is Likkud's "final solution" to the demographic crisis.

(3) Destroy the most progressive Islamic society on earth - the one that has best balanced Islam with modernity and democracy, that openly calls for an end to Zionism, and that maintains its independence from the Zionists and the Rothschild financial empire behind them.

That's why the Likudnik Zionist extremists are so hell-bent on attacking Iran.

-Kevin Barrett

Why This Obsession With Iran?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000.

Iran is not seeking to have the atomic bomb, possession of which is pointless, dangerous, and is a great sin from an intellectual and a religious point of view.”

Thus did supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declare in February that Iran’s possession of atomic weapons would be a mortal sin against Allah.

It is also the unanimous judgment of the U.S. intelligence community, declared in 2007 and affirmed in 2011, that Iran has abandoned any program to build nuclear weapons.

Is the ayatollah lying? Is the entire U.S. intel community wrong?

Iran’s plants at Natanz, where uranium is enriched to 5%, and at Fordow, where it is enriched to 20% — both below weapons grade — are under constant U.N. monitoring. Iran has offered to surrender its 20% uranium and cease enriching to that level, if the West will provide isotopes for its nuclear medicine and lift some of the more onerous sanctions.

No deal, says the United States. Iran must give up enrichment entirely and indefinitely.

This is the sticking point in the negotiations. Iran contends that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, she has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. On this, the Iranian people stand behind their government.

Should this deadlock be a cause for war?

Assume Iran did divert low-grade nuclear fuel to some secret plant to enrich it to weapons grade. The process would take months, if not years. Iran would then have to build and test an explosive device that the world would know about in hours. Iran would then have to weaponize the device.

The whole process would take longer than a year, perhaps several. We would learn about it and have time to exercise a military option long before it came to pass.

The Israelis, with hundreds of nuclear weapons, would probably have learned about it before us. And, fearing Iran more, they would not hesitate to use what they have to prevent an atom bomb in Tehran.

Comes the retort: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a certifiable fanatic who has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. He cannot be allowed to get anywhere near a nuclear weapon.

Yet whatever Ahmadinejad said years ago, and that remains in dispute, he does not control the military, he does not decide on war, and he leaves the presidency next July and heads back to academia.

Is America afraid of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Where, then, is the mortal threat to justify the U.S. preparations for war with Iran described in the national press this week?

The Financial Times‘ Gideon Rachman argues that our obsession with Iran is obscuring a far greater potential threat.

Pakistan possesses perhaps 100 nuclear bombs and is building more, and anti-Americanism there is far more rampant than in Iran. He writes:

Pakistan provided nuclear technology to North Korea, Libya, and Iran itself. It came dangerously close to nuclear conflict with India in 1999. As for terrorism, Osama bin Laden was actually living on Pakistani soil for many years, and the tribal areas in Pakistan are still al-Qaeda’s most important base.

Pakistan was also the launch pad for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008, in which 164 people were killed. Although Pakistan’s government condemned the attacks, there is strong evidence that the terrorists had links to Pakistan’s intelligence. If the Mumbai attacks had been launched from Iran, the West would be shouting about “state-sponsored terrorism.”

Seven in 10 Pakistanis regard America as an enemy. And the drone strikes ramped up by President Obama, which have taken the lives of many innocent Pakistanis, have increased the animosity.

Yet, U.S. planes and warships are heading into the Persian Gulf, as 44 U.S. senators have urged the president to break off talks with Tehran, toughen the sanctions even further, and prepare for war.

Meanwhile, Iran is testing missiles that can hit Israel and U.S. bases, and its large fleet of missile boats is exercising in the Gulf.

Otto von Bismarck said that preventive war was like committing suicide out of fear of death. Are we Americans headed for yet another unnecessary war?

In 1959, President Eisenhower invited Nikita Khrushchev, the Butcher of Budapest, to the United States for 10 days of touring and talks. In 1972, Richard Nixon traveled to Beijing to toast and talk with Chairman Mao, who was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese and tens of thousands of Americans in Korea. Ronald Reagan sought constantly for an opportunity to sit down across from the rulers of the “evil empire.”

Iran is not remotely in that league, either in crimes attributed to the regime or any actual or potential threat to the United States.

Have we no statesmen who can sit down, like Reagan at Reykjavik, and negotiate with Iran’s leaders for verifiable guarantees that she is not moving to nuclear weapons in return for something approaching normal relations?

If we could sit down with Stalin and Mao, why are the ayatollah or Ahmadinejad so far beyond the pale? Can we just not handle that?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

NY Times blasts French "truth terrorist" Dieudonné

The terrifying truth about the NY Times - and the rest of the mainstream media

The truth can be terrifying.

Explain to an average American that 9/11 was an inside job, and you can almost smell the fear.

Those of us committed to telling the most inconvenient truths are terrorists - truth terrorists. We do not shrink from the reality that our message will be greeted with fear.

But, unlike regular terrorists, our ultimate mission is to defuse the fear, not spread it. I try to use humor, outrage, passion, creativity, empathy, emanations of inner peace, and other such approaches to help people get past the fear that 9/11 was designed to inspire.

One of our greatest "truth terrorists" is the French comedian Dieudonné. He brilliantly conveys the deepest, ugliest truths, the ones that the New York Times considers unfit to print:

*That Zionism is genocidal lunacy, and the whole Western discourse on Zionism is a cascading avalanche of big and bigger lies;

*That the West is becoming a profoundly decadent, completely unfree, Orwellian nightmare of a culture that appears on the verge of total collapse;

*That the USA, with its culture of insane greed, genocidal extermination of "natives," obsequious enslavement to Zionism, mindlessly brutal warmongering combined with almost unimaginable cowardice, and unbearable shallowness, superficiality, and mediocrity, is leading the planet straight to hell.

 You don't have to be an Israel-hating, America hating Frenchman to concede these points. Paul Craig Roberts, who wrote editorials for the Wall St. Journal until he started telling inconvenient truths, says pretty much the same thing in his latest op-ed:

"The hubris in Washington, fed daily by the crazed neocons, despite extraordinary failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, has now targeted formidable powers-–Russia and China. The world has never in its entire history witnessed such idiocy.

"The psychopaths, sociopaths, and morons who prevail in Washington are leading the world to destruction.

'The criminally insane government in Washington, regardless whether Democrat or Republican, regardless of the outcome of the next election, is the greatest threat to life on earth that has ever existed."

Here is Dieudonné's recent NY Times interview (in French):

And here is the NY Times lame attempt at character assassination (in  English):