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House of Saud - US Alliance Has Broken the Middle East

by Oui Tue Apr 10th, 2018 at 04:00:10 AM PDT

Setting the standard of intolerance. Some religions keep biblical times and culture in a contemporary suspension. Cutting off heads and ethnic purity. How the US operating in the Middle East has led to populist right-wing extremists in Europe, the Trump presidency and the so-called Clash of Civilisations. How the West has joined to become slaves of more wars serving what purpose?  

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Israel latches onto the War on Terror to hide its own terrorism

Ever since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, Israel has been able to convince the West, America and Europe in particular, that its brutal "self-defence" is part of the global "War on Terror". An active lobby promising votes and electoral finance has played its part well.

In November 2001 the then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon praised the leadership of George W Bush and Tony Blair "in the struggle against global terrorism". This, said Sharon, "is a fight for basic values, freedom, liberty, security and democracy. It is a fight that every peace loving nation supports for the sake of the security of future generations." Israel, naturally, feels that it is at the forefront of that struggle, as long as "freedom, liberty, security and democracy" are for Israeli Jews only and not Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv in April 2008, said that the 11 September, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel. "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the then opposition leader as saying. What happened in the US had "swung American public opinion in [Israel's] favour."

This "mantra", wrote David Rosenberg in Haaretz last week, was repeated when Netanyahu went to Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket killings: "Israel and the West are fighting the same fight against Islamic extremism." Netanyahu, added Rosenberg, has been articulating that line for some time, "but perhaps this time, Europe will be more inclined to listen."

How Israel relies on Islamophobia | Mondoweiss - 2014 |
Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Geert Wilders Are Islamophobes   by Oui @BooMan on March 19, 2017
Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism: Different Religions, Same Hate | Tikun Olam - May 2018 |

by Oui on Mon Apr 30th, 2018 at 12:56:51 PM EST

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