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James Morris Discusses Planned U.S. - Israeli War GamesTim King Salem-News.com
Playing war games with war criminals... a step in the wrong direction for U.S. troops.
(SALEM) - We've discussed many times before the real and true definition of the word 'terrorist'; how this terminology is applied for political purposes that favor the western interests and those of Israel, and that when taken for its literal definition and meaning, it is not just diametrically, but perversely applied in use around the world today.
In the video below, Political Analyst and Correspondent James Morris in Los Angeles; an expert in Middle east political affairs, talks to Press TV in Tehran about scheduled U.S.-Israeli war games that will take place in 2012.
The 'war games' with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are obviously a move designed to raise tension with Iran and prove to the world that the U.S. not only participates in terrible war crimes in Baghdad and parts of Afghanistan; but that the Obama Administration specifically and openly condones Israel's apartheid government, where people are governed and judged according to their political and religious background; where war crimes against innocent civilians are routine, and accountability for those crimes is less than zero.
There is no benefit in training U.S. troops with Israelis.
All to set U.S. troops up for a War on Iran
It is ironic that for all of the bad press it receives in western media, Iran has almost no measurable history of military aggression toward its neighbors.
By the same token, the U.S. Navy blasted an Iranian airliner out of the sky one day claiming almost 300 souls, and the U.S. funded the Iraq/Iran war that left hundreds of thousands dead. It happened because Saddam Hussein was a friend and puppet of the U.S., and as retribution for the kidnapping of U.S. hostages in 1979, all of whom were released.
By all accounts Iran's nuclear ambitions are only related to the generation of power, and all the while Israel is in possession of hundreds of undeclared, illegal nuclear warheads that were supplied by the U.S. in the earlier years.
As James Morris points out, the Israeli military attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, a Navy ship, leaving dozens dead and scores of men gravely injured. This happened in 1967 and due to the Vietnam War and the decisions of President Lyndon Johnson, no response was taken, and the story is far worse than any summary can possibly explain.
Nukes and Stones
Iran's problem isn't that it is a budding nuclear war hazard, it is that the country's leadership has never relented from objecting to Israel's creation of the Palestinian exile and resulting Diaspora with refugees crowded into places where they are not accepted or wanted. All are people who Israel stole land from, stole homes and entire cities from...
And if any Palestinian resists or so much as throws a stone in revolt, they are almost at least treated like a terrorist. Conversely, Israeli Jews regularly pelt Palestinians with stones and this is a real problem in some settlements, with offenses against little Palestinian kids so bad, that Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) have set up operations to protect those kids from settlers.
Jewish media even carries stories about aggressive settlers throwing stones at Arabs; in one recent account they were young female teens and they were deemed as heroic for throwing rocks at Palestinians, (I'm not making this up) and they completely fail to either realize how foolish and wrong they are for failing to distinguish how something may not be perfectly right simply because an Israeli Jew does it.
No Jews are ever arrested for tossing rocks, only Palestinian kids are arrested and jailed over this, it is vastly unfair and the Israeli youth prisons are full of sexual, physical and mental abuse, it is terrible what Israeli does to the children of Palestinians.
Terrorist in the Mirror
Governments and dictators that the United States has supported in the past, and today, are terrorist to the bone, as was the U.S. government, particularly in Central and South America during the 70's and 80's. It takes hypocrite to all new levels when one truthfully evaluates the U.S. role in this practice.
Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain both called the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa 'terrorist' in spite of its horrific racist crimes against humanity, and they called Nelson Mandela a terrorist specifically.
South Africa's behavior was on a level with the treatment of African-Americans in the post-Civil War years at minimum. Black students, political leaders and school children were murdered in droves and just as is the case in Israel, they were denied the right to publicly assemble and protest policy.
Attending a demonstration against Israel's politics can result in a death sentence, and recently did for a Palestinian man who was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier with a tear gas canister. The Israeli soldier's reaction to the man's fatal injury when confronted was... "so?"
What is clear is that the United States lost its way in a BIG way, and stopped being the 'good guy' country, but instead a land of marauding military invaders who will destroy and occupy nations over bad information and the literal ambitions of 'war presidents' who want to see military action, that will never involve them personally, and they want the profits for their family business interests and those of their good friends.
James Morris has frequently discussed the fact that Israel is the biggest user of the term 'terrorist' outside of the U.S.A. and when an Israeli uses the word, they are simply replacing the word 'enemy'; the same goes here in the U.S. It is inconvenient to use this word enemy because it states that there are two sides, rather than only one.
By using the word 'terrorist' to designate and classify, there is an attempt to imply that the individual in question is not worthy of civil or humane treatment. As the U.S. continues to suffer from Wikileaks revelations and extended military obligations, the last thing its already battle hardened troops need, is to hear from a military that commits war crimes by policy- that is Israel's story. And even worse, the military discipline of Israel is super lax and there is no pride in service, uniforms are in tatters and they are allowed to, for example, wear sandals and shower shoes in uniform. This is unheard of in the U.S. military across the board. The photos below give you an idea of how IDF soldiers pay little heed to military discipline.
U.S. Needs No Help with War Crimes
The U.S. was locking people up left and right in the two current Middle east wars and this continued for years. Anyone basically pointed to and called a terrorist was hauled off to Abu Ghraib and other locations, like Guantanamo, where they were held without charges and tortured, but all in the name of fighting terrorism.
I personally saw U.S. contractors abuse a number of bound and hooded Iraqi men aboard an Army helicopter that I caught a very long ride on, from Fallujah to Balad one night, via Baghdad and other stops, where these so-called terrorist suspects were hauled away.
I learned from this experience a term spreading in Iraq at the time, "Did you create a terrorist today?" and it reflected the fact that many in the U.S. military are strictly there to serve according to the rules; they never abuse or tolerate abuse, but this is not universal. The Israeli military also has ethical members, particularly because all Israelis are forced to serve, yet the most honorable members of that society resist and fail to take part in the only war that they fight, and that is the one against the native Palestinian population which political lump Newt Gingrich recently deemed "invented".
The idea of Israel existing as it does, where it is, fulfills the vision of a German newspaper writer and activist named Theodore Herzl, who spent all of his early years distancing himself from his Jewish identity, then embraced it suddenly and ended up leading the drive to take Jewish people back to Palestine, to a place they would call 'Israel'. Everything would have gone smoothly, presumably, if Hitler hadn't swept Europe with death, eliminating millions and millions of Jewish people and many others including Roma, homosexuals, academics, activists, clergy, and anyone who harbored or aided the various targeted groups.
There is much more to it; Jews and Christians and Muslims lived in harmony for centuries, even during the early Zionist migrations, but the good relations failed in Palestine with the massive influx of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and their militias began murdering Palestinians from almost the moment they arrived.
Palestine was under the British Mandate at that point, and Israel was provided a large amount of land, however their political agenda has been to expand and expand, to the point that only West Bank, Golan Heights and Gaza are in the hands of the splintered and divided Palestinians. In Gaza Israeli planes regularly bomb and attack and frequently kill civilians, it is so frequent that it is sickening.
Americans would not support Israel's aggression if they really understood it, neither would most Israelis for that matter, who are shielded from what really takes place and supplied with news by media that mostly stays loyal to Israeli policy. The U.S. networks and major papers really do favor Israel in every report, regardless of the death count or anything else. The people Israelis kill are almost always called terrorists. Israeli media and U.S. parrots always discuss the 'thousands of rockets from Gaza' and in fact, these have killed a total of 29 Israeli people in all of history, since they first began in 1991. The rockets are a feeble attempt to fight back against Israel for its daily illegal attacks. Bus bombings are also very few and far and between today, unlike earlier years, however Israel attacks Palestinian cars and buildings regularly, almost always claiming multiple victims.
In Israel's 'Operation Cast Lead', more than 1400 in Gaza were slaughtered, just killed like animals. Israel targeted schools, and hospitals, and family homes. As the Sri Lanka government did to the Tamils in 2009, they told people where 'safe zones' existed and then dropped incendiary bombs like white phosphorus, which is a serious war crime violation, on their heads.
This is who the U.S. military is training with? We as Americans should be ashamed and take every step and action to communicate to our elected officials and military commanders, that we are unhappy to see the U.S. working with an apartheid regime that has different roads for Jews and non-Jews, and a different set of laws for Jews and non-Jews.
We who criticize these practices do not select them, we react to them. We don't go down a list of countries receiving large amounts of U.S. taxpayer aid and ask, "which one is Jewish?" because there is only one, and because none of us care about that.
What Israel gets away with is reprehensible to say the very least, and this is not a matter of religious preference, it isn't antisemitism, in fact that very notion is an insult to the mind of any logical person. It is akin to the Nazi's saying "you just don't like us because we're Germanic".
It is just plain wrong to hold cross training with governments whose political ideologies dictate unequal privileges for people.
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