The dirty little not-so-secret behind President Obama’s much-lobbied-for, illegal and strategically incompetent war against Syria is that it’s not about Syria at all. It’s about Iran—and Israel. And it has been from the start.
By “the start,” I mean 2011, when the Obama administration gradually became convinced that it could deal Iran a mortal blow by toppling President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a secular, Baathist strongman who is, despite all, an ally of Iran’s. Since then, taking Iran down a peg has been the driving force behind Obama’s Syria policy.
Not coincidentally, the White House plans to scare members of Congress into supporting the ill-conceived war plan by waving the Iranian flag in their faces. Even liberal Democrats, some of whom are opposing or questioning war with Syria, blanch at the prospect of opposing Obama and the Israel lobby over Iran.
If the above sounds familiar there’s a reason. Back in 2002 and 2002 Anti-Semites such as Pat Buchanan blamed Israel and the Jooos for Bush’s move toward an Iraq war even though the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, was advising president Bush to stay out of Iraq. The LaRouche “movement” also blamed the Jews (they substituted the term Zionist) for the Iraq war.
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The author of this piece, Bob Dreyfuss is a former employee of the Anti-Semitic LaRouche cult
Though Dreyfuss officially left the employ of LaRouche (in the sense that he does not currently write for LaRouche’s publications, at least not under his own byline), his politics clearly haven’t changed much from the tinfoil hat variety characteristic of the 8-time fringe presidential candidate and conspiracy theorist. Dreyfuss still spends his days feverishly slumped over his keyboard warning of neocon conspiracies and shilling for authoritarian regimes–hallmarks of any good LaRouchite. Now, he just gets published in ostensibly respectable magazines like The Nation.
The LaRouche gang has a long history of Antisemitism, for example below are some of the LaRouche bigots quotes about Jews:
“From Ezra onwards, and even before, Hebrewism was an assimilationist doctrine developed to provide special juridical status (and ideological self-image) for a caste of merchant-userers within a pre-capitalist society.”
“Judaism is not a true religion, but only a half-religion, a curious appendage and sub-species of Christianity.”
“Judaism is ideological abstraction of the secular life of Christianity’s Jew, the Roman merchant-userer who had not yet evolved to the state of Papal enlightenment, a half-Christian, who had not developed a Christian conscience.”
“Judaism is the religion of a caste of subjects of Christianity, entirely molded by ingenious rabbis to fit into the ideological and secular life of Christianity. In short, a self- sustaining Judaism never existed and never could exist. As for Jewish culture otherwise, it is merely the residue left to the Jewish home after everything saleable has been marketed to the Goyim.”
Dryfuss gives no proof of his secret Obama/Israel plot to slap the hand of Iran by going after Assad. In fact it makes no sense from Israel’s perspective.
In 2011 it was Israel best interests for the US stay out of the Syrian “civil” war. Any entry in this civil war would inflame the situation and most importantly divert attention from Israel’s first, second and third priority… the Iranian threat.
The Iranian threat has been Prime Minister Netanyahu’s priority for over a decade, even before he became Premier, why would he want to confuse the situation by pushing a Syrian attack two years ago? The reality is that it would only happen in Bob Dreyfuss’ imagination.
Dreyfuss talks about the nefarious Israel lobby urging congress to support the Syrian action–you know, those Jooos who control the government, media, Hollywood, banks and most Burger King franchises. Dreyfus may mean AIPAC, which has announced it will be lobbying congress in support of the president. What he neglects to mention is AIPAC has shown itself to be a tool of Obama not Israel. Perhaps he remembers their silence (as will as the silence of much of that nefarious Jewish lobby) while the president was pushing anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
The sad truth is that much of the “traditional” Jewish leadership has abdicated their responsibility to the Jewish community to become tools for the progressive leadership of the country, like the ADL for example. In this case AIPAC is not acting for Israel but for its buddies at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as they have done so many times before.
Even though they have been silent publicly as Obama has beaten the war drums over the past two weeks, Israel has supported the opinion that the US had to act–but not because of Iran. Israel understands that in the Middle East you must back up what you say lest you become the target.
As far as Iran, Obama’s Syria waffling convinced most Israelis including those in the government, that whether the US attacks Syria or not, Israel will have to take out the Iranian nuclear installations itself — or learn to live with a nuclear Iran led by a fanatical Islamist leadership that seeks Israel’s destruction. The Israeli government realized a long time ago that when it comes to Iran–they are alone.
Just as the LaRouche movement did in the ramp up to the Iraq war, one of it’s leftovers, Mr. Dreyfuss falling back on old reliable–blaming the Jooooos for Obama’s push into Syria. If he looked carefully he would realize that most Jews (like most American’s) oppose any action in Syria–even the conservative pro-Israel ones such as this blogger.