Yesterday we noted that Pat Buchanan and Edward Said, along with others such as Rep. Jim Moran and David Duke, have been peddling the idea that the impending liberation of Iraq is the result of a conspiracy by a Zionist "cabal," as Buchanan calls it, that is "colluding with Israel" to "ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interests." The Economist notes that such paranoid bigotry in the service of "peace" is nothing new: "In the 1930s, when anti-Semitism was both pervasive and respectable in America, Charles Lindbergh and his America-Firsters blamed Jewish interests for trying to drag America into a pointless war with Germany."
We were puzzled, though, by a seeming contradiction in the Buchanan/Said/Moran/Duke theory, which holds that (a) war in Iraq will harm America's interests by inflaming the Arab and Muslim worlds and spurring more terrorism, and (b) the cabal is pursuing such a war because it is in Israel's interests. How, we asked, would such a conflagration be good for Israel, which would be right in the thick of it? Well, a helpful reader answered our question:
What is obvious is that they [the Israelis] will use the resulting chaos as a pretext to get rid of the Palestinians, driving them out of the country into Jordan or Egypt. Who will say or do anything to stop them when the region is totally destabilized and a mess?
It's obvious! And our reader isn't the only one who's figured it out; the Tulane Hullabaloo quotes "adjunct Tulane professor and LaRouche Democrat Marty Rowland" as saying much the same thing. For those of you whose sense of the obvious is not as keenly developed as that of our interlocutor, however, let us spell out the assumptions underlying this theory:
That the disastrous outcome of war in Iraq "chaos," with the region "totally destabilized and a mess" is foreordained.
That Israel and its co-conspirators, some of whom hold subcabinet-level positions in the Bush administration, know this, but the rest of the administration and the majority of Congress have no clue and thus have been duped by the Zionist plotters into thinking the war has a significant chance of success.
That although the whole region will be engulfed in "chaos," "totally destabilized and a mess," Israel will have no problem managing the forcible relocation of more than three million people, many of them heavily armed with guns and explosives, all the while defending its borders against the hostile states and terrorist groups that surround it.
Now, we know what you're thinking. (Of course we know; our Zionist masters told us.) How is it that the cabal members have managed to fool virtually the entire political leadership of the United States, while guys like Pat Buchanan, David Duke, Ed Said and the LaRouchies can see right through their little scheme? Well, think about it. If a discredited figure like Buchanan or Duke blows the whistle on the plot, no one is going to believe what he's saying. Obviously these guys are Zionist agents themselves, covering up the conspiracy by putting it out in plain sight in a way that no one will believe it!
There's one other man who is crucial to the success of the Zionist cabal's efforts: Saddam Hussein. He has spent 12 years defying U.N. resolutions and building weapons of mass destruction, creating the rationale for invasion, and who benefits? Israel! Obviously he too is a tool of the Zionists.
You really have to think this through to understand what a devilishly clever plot the Zionists have hatched. They have managed to turn their own worst enemies in Europe, in the Muslim world, in American universities into defenders of Saddam Hussein, who is actually a Zionist agent! Sound unlikely? No more so than killing a suicide bomber.
(James Taranto 'The Best of the Web Today' in The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal, March 14, 2003)
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Comment: When Taliban Pat and Lyndon the Loon see eye to eye you just know that's it's going to to be hugely entertaining.
Political protesters gathered Wednesday evening under a blanket of humidity and rain to support the plight of Palestinian citizens currently suffering in their war-torn native land. Protesters assembled to extend a disdainful welcome to Dr. Ra'anan Gissin, senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who spoke at the University Center that evening.
The protest drew students, citizens and community members alike. Representatives from several local organizations including C-3, a local anti-war organization, the LaRouche Democrats and the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party were all in attendance.
C-3: standing for Concern, Compassion, Community; "supports the right of Palestinians to self determination," explained member Mike Howells.
"We call on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and the Gaza strip. We believe the Sharon government is violating international law through its occupation of those areas, and the repression of the people that live in those areas," Howells said.
"[Israel] is pushing for this war in Iraq because the plan is to push all of the Palestinians off the West Bank and Gaza and push them into Jordan so Israel can take over the rest of the occupied territory. That's against the United Nations' rules," adjunct Tulane professor and LaRouche Democrat Marty Rowland said.
Rowland, who is also a C-3 member, said, "Ariel Sharon is within a tradition of Fascist, Jewish people ' The report on how the Nazi's cleared the Jews out of the ghetto is now being used by the Israeli Defense Forces to clear the Palestinians out of Jenin and other cities."
Rowland addressed the Sept. 11 bombing, saying, "There's a lot of interesting leads that need to be followed up. For example, the man that owns the company that was in charge of security at Logan airport was a convicted criminal, and was Likud party-linked." He also questioned "why there were Israeli Intelligence officers on a rooftop in New Jersey video-taping the planes crashing into the World Trade Center," adding, "I'm not saying there's a conspiracy, but it sure smells like one to me."
C-3 is supported by several local organizations, including the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panthers.
"We have been working with C-3 on a coalition basis," said Nnamdi Okeke, Chairman of the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party. "We participated in this rally of protest for what we in New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party feel is an oppressive government of Israel that oppresses the Palestinians and denies the Palestinians their just rights to self-determination."
(Leigh Stuart in the Tulane Hullabaloo [Tulane University, New Orleans, LA], March 14, 2003)
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Let's hope this widely disparate crew, who are united only in their war opposition, starts to feud among themselves and break up.