Richard Melson

June 2006

Iran Iraq Kurds


[Iraq] The exit for the Zionists in Washington is civil war and Iraq’s fragmentation

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Why the thugs in Washington fired Garner

Greg Palast, author of Armed Madhouse, noticed something that escaped most other writers: why Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fired General Jay Garner on 21 April 2003, and the consequences.

Garner, appointed by Bush, made the mistake of "taking the US president at his word". He thought that his job was to keep the peace and bring democracy. Then he was given a plan. It was a 101- page document to guide the long-term future of Iraq. There was nothing in it about democracy or elections or safety. There was, rather, a detailed schedule of selling off "all of Iraq's state assets," "especially" said the plan, "the oil and supporting industries."

The plan, according to Garner, included the sale of Iraq's banks and, curiously, changing copyright laws; "items that made the plan look less like a programme for getting Iraq on its feet than a programme for corporate looting of the nation's assets."

Garner did not think much of the plan. He had other priorities like food distribution and preventing famine. "Seizing title and ownership of Iraq's oil fields was not on Garner's must-do list. He let it be known to Washington that 'what we need to do is set an Iraqi freely elected government represent the will of the people. It is their country, their oil.'"

Apparently, Rumsfeld disagreed. "Worse," writes Palast, "Garner was brokering a truce between Sunnis, Shias and Kurds. They were to begin what he called 'big tent' meetings to hammer out the details and set a date for elections. But quick elections would mean the end of the state-asset sell-off plan. An Iraqi-controlled government would never go along with it. Garner had spent years in Iraq in charge of the Northern Kurdish zone and knew the Iraqis well. He was certain that an asset-and-oil-grab, 'privatisations', would cause a sensitive population to take up the gun. 'That's just one fight you don't want to take on right now.'"

But that's just the fight the neo-cons wanted. Palast continues: "And in Rumsfeld's replacement for Garner, they had a man itching for the fight. Paul Bremer III had no experience on the ground in Iraq, but he had one unbeatable credential that Garner lacked: Bremer had served as managing director of Kissinger and Associates."

General Garner, watching the insurgency unfold from the occupation authority's provocations told Palast: "I am a believer that you don't want to end the day with more enemies than you started with." Such words seem from a different era to ours.

As Palast concludes, "You can't have a war president without a war. And you can't have a war without enemies. "Bring 'em on," our commander-in- chief said. And Zarqawi answered the call."

* The writer is a political analyst resident in Washington.

"These guys really know who's signing their paychecks!"

Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 00:22:47 -0000

+ This morning I watched CSPAN TV's recording of an address by
visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to a joint meeting of
Congress in the Capitol building on May 24th. It was like
witnessing a Mafia overlord exhorting his capos.
+ Sitting on the high seats of the Congress were Denny Hastert and
Dick Cheney. Olmert was literally deluged with applause as he
approached the microphone.

My first impression was, "These guys
really know who's signing their paychecks!"

+ It was a cleverly written speech, sculpted no doubt by the cream
of Israel's propagandists. Let's face it, the Jews learned to write
from the historic inventors of the art, the Babylonians. That's
quite a stretch of experience.
Olmert's basic thrust was this: we
Israelis have faced acts of terror daily since we began the takeover
of Palestine (he didn't put it quite that way), and terrorism must
be defeated to bring peace to the world.

+ As always in the Israeli mindset, the USA is their Big Brother
who must perpetually link arms with the Jewish state in a never-
ending battle against their common enemies. These Zionists never
quite manage to explain just why they and the Americans have the
same goals and enemies in the world. But the U.S. Congress demonstrated
visibly on this day that they know who is behind those campaign
contributions and Abramoffian bribes which keep them elected and
living the high life.

+ Referring to the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, Olmert said, "On that dreadful day, our
hearts went out to you!" I guess he didn't get the memo on "the
dancing Israelis," that gleeful band of Mossad agents who were
arrested by U.S. authorities after being reported to be filming
themselves making merry, while the WTC towers burned in the
background. Like clockwork, these young soldiers of fortune quickly
won their freedom and were whisked back by jet to the protective
bosom of the Mideast Mini-
+ "We will never surrender to terror!" the prime minister
thundered, receiving yet another sustained standing ovation from the
Congresspersons. One would have thought he was a conquering Roman
general marching through the Eternal City and receiving a hero's

+ "While Israel works to meet the needs of the Palestinians, we
can never capitulate to terrorists and terrorism," Olmert went on. I
think the Palestinians feel that they need you and your Zionist
Mafiosi to get into your rubber dinghys and paddle back to the
Pale. Such chutzpah! You coun't hardly believe it! More waves of
applause from the Captivated Congresscritters, standing once again to show
their Goyim status (that of herded cattle in Israelspeak).

+ Ehud Olmert proudly dropped the name of his predecessor and
hero: "...Ariel Sharon, the legendary statesman and visionary...a
man of few words and great principles." And sharp appetites. How much
mendacity are we to be expected to gag down?
+ The prime minister referred to the horrors of "...the gulags of
the Soviet bloc," while forgetting to mention that the October
Revolution in Russia and the subsequent Soviet Union were the
creations of the leaders of "World Jewry."
+ Warming to the central objective of his speech, Olmert
stipulated that "Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terror...[is, if nuclear-
armed] an intolerable threat to the security of the world....It must
not be allowed to materialize!" A tsunami of clapping and even
shouts from our legislative lackeys.
+ "Our moment is now!....[we must summon] our courage to do what
is right!" That is, pre-emptively wipe out Iran. He admonished the
United States of America in Hebrew to "Be strong and of good
courage!" He might have added, using the humorous old Southern
incitement, "Now let's you and him fight."
+ The Titan of Tel Aviv was escorted out of the House Chamber by
Senators Frist and Reid, joint leaders of the Money Party, after
receiving brisk and firm handshakes from Cheney and Hastert. It
took Olmert quite some time to weave through the throngs of adulators.
He embraced Senator Frank Lautenberg and most of the other Jewish
congressmen he encountered. Joltin' Joe Lieberman's wife, Hadassah
(not sure of this spelling), even grabbed the P.M.--as he worked the
room--and kissed him on the cheek. Such
Every person in that vast room knew that the All-Seeing Eye
would be fully aware of their performances as paid-off puppets and would
subtly punish those who did not stand up, applauding vigorously at
every punch-line.

+ And a glorious time was had by all--except the U.S. taxpayers
and our combat-zone troops and their parents. "And it was fun, fun,
fun, 'til her daddy took the T-Bird away!"


Richard Walker
May 17, 2006

This time, the United States and Israel are running covert operations with the help of Kurdish militias and rebel Iranian fighters.

Behind the increasingly shrill rhetoric and saber rattling over Iran’s nuclear ambitions America and Israel are engaged in a secret war against Iran that has echoes of the years when the CIA supported the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union.

This time, the United States and Israel are running covert operations with the help of Kurdish militias and rebel Iranian fighters. For some observers, training and arming Islamic fighters smacks of the days of Soviet rule in Afghanistan.

Then, the Soviet army, which was the second most powerful military in the world, was defeated by Islamic militants, including men like Osama bin Laden.

Now the U.S. military, with Israeli commandos lending a hand, is arming and secretly training a different breed of mujahideen, or Islamic fighters—Kurdish militias with links to ethnic Kurdish communities in Iran and Syria, and fighters from the Iranian Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), which has bases in southern Iraq and has provided the United States with information about the Iranian military and Iran’s nuclear sites.

From the perspective of Washington and Tel Aviv, the history of the Kurds makes them ideal recruits for a covert war against Iran and Syria.

During and after Saddam Hussein’s rule, the Kurds of northern Iraq longed for an independent Kurdistan. When the so-called "no-fly zone" was in place over Iraq, the Kurds had protection from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. allies. That enabled them to build a large militia force and to develop a burgeoning economy.

But, since the fall of Saddam the Kurds have become disillusioned with the country’s slide into chaos and have hinted that they would be happy to see Iraq divided into three parts. In that event, they would establish an autonomous region called Kurdistan and the rich northern oil fields of Kirkuk would ensure their prosperity for decades to come.

Not everyone favors creation of an independent Kurdistan. The Turks, Iranians and Syrians are united in a belief that it would generate instability by encouraging large ethnic Kurdish communities in their countries to demand separation and an alignment with Iraq’s Kurds.

In the 20th century ethnic Kurdish demands for autonomy led to more than 30,000 of them being slaughtered by the Turks. In Iran, they were brutally suppressed in three provinces they dominated.

As part of a covert scheme to destabilize and soften up the Iranian regime for possible Special Forces attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, Washington has turned to disaffected Iranian Kurds for help and to Iranian dissidents in the MEK.

Using fighters trained by the United States in secret bases in southern Iraq, the MEK has carried out a series of attacks in Iran. In recent months, there has been increasing instability inside three Iranian provinces dominated by Kurds, as well as attacks on Iranian troops near the border with Iraq. A Kurdish guerrilla group claimed responsibility for two of the attacks, saying they were in retaliation for Iranian shelling into Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.

New York journalist Seymour Hersh claimed in December 2005 that U.S. combat troops were already in Iran. Following that report, there was an incident near the Iran-Iraq border in January when an Iranian military cargo plane carrying 10 top Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders mysteriously crashed. Later, there were rumors it was brought down by U.S. Special Forces within Iran.

In April 2006, Iran said it shot down a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the country. Israel has been running its own black operations with the help of Kurds it has trained. The Kurds reportedly have strong ties to Israel because it supports the creation of an independent Kurdistan. From an Israeli perspective, such an entity would provide Israel with an ally in a region in which it is totally isolated and would keep Iraq destabilized.

It was Israel’s neo-con friends in Washington who once believed a new Iraq would be Israel’s best ally, but the more that vision has turned to nightmare, the more Israel has looked to the creation of a separate Kurdish state in Iraq as the next best thing.

Israel’s relationship with the Kurds goes back a long way. During the Iran-Iraq war, the Israelis supplied the Kurds with weapons to attack Saddam Hussein’s forces. Then, after the first Gulf War, when the United States and its allies abandoned the Kurds, Israel continued to provide them with weapons and training.

To that end, Israeli special forces and Mossad have been training and recruiting Kurds for clandestine operations and surveillance in Iran and Syria. The advantage of having Kurdish fighters carry out operations is that they can easily blend into ethnic Kurdish communities and sow dissent.

They can also recruit rebel elements and build bases for future operations. Kurdish militiamen and fighters from the MEK are seen by Israel as ideal insurgents.

Richard Walker is the nom de plume of a former mainstream news producer who now writes for AFP so he can expose the kinds of subjects that he was forbidden to cover in the controlled press.

[Iraq] The exit for the Zionists in Washington is civil war and Iraq’s fragmentation

John Churchilly



Monday, June 5, 2006

Iran, Iraq, Kurds

June 27, 2006