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American Coffins Threaten Bush, Sharon, and the Israeli-Neo-Con Dream of World Empire
by Mark Dankof
Pundits of American domestic political developments and their counterparts in Middle Eastern political analysis will duly note that smoldering resentment of George W. Bush's preemptive war in Iraq is about to burst into open flames in the Presidential campaign in the United States. The evidence is everywhere this week. And the most interesting aspect of this burgeoning crisis is one either missed or deliberately ignored by Corporate Media in the United States--the revolt against King George comes not simply from Left and Middle, but in a renewed ideological struggle within the American Right over its identifiable heart and soul.
Pat Buchanan has been dutifully and publicly unmasking the Israel First, Neo-Con Dreams of World Empire agenda of the Bush Administration. His two most recent editions of The American Conservative entitled Pinocchio Presidency and No-Win War have struck raw nerve endings in the hearts of many American conservatives never on board with the notion of a surrogate war on behalf of an Israeli government led by a certifiable international war criminal. Mr. Sharon's recent unilateral and illegal preemption of any Palestinian Right-of-Return to lands forcibly confiscated in 1948, his decision to draw his own West Bank boundaries devoid of any semblance of regard for international law--and a predictable renewal of the policy of extra-judicial killings and military occupation in perpetuity--continue to exacerbate tensions within the American Right over the wisdom of committing the United States to the endgame involved in a Bush-Sharon alliance. Mr. Buchanan's most recent commentary for Antiwar.com at http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=2371 demonstrates the desperation among Mr. Bush's allies in the Neo-Con press, especially in the pathetic commentary of Israel Lobby shill William Kristol of The Weekly Standard. Ongoing exposure will breed further desperation as the leaks in the dam widen. The torrent of water that will follow the bursting of the dam will take down Mr. Kristol and those of his ilk inexorably. Mr. Bush will go down the river with them--without a paddle.
Joseph Farah of the globally influential pro-Israel World Net Daily provides the rest of us with yet another discernable clue of how late the hour is getting for the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Perle cabal in Washington. In a political earthquake of seismic proportions for The Cabal, Mr. Farah now admits he cannot support Mr. Bush for re-election after a year of cheerleading for the same, while glumly predicting a Democratic victory in November. In a piece this past week entitled, Why Kerry Will Win, Mr. Farah acknowledges the increasingly desperate political state of Republican Presidential fortunes still six months away. His own most recent front pages reaccentuate the familiar concerns of his Christian Right concerns on homosexual marriage, abortion-on-demand, homeschooling, crime, and drug addiction. Enthusiastic and prominent coverage of the War on Terror and Mission Accomplished in Iraq have suddenly disappeared or been relegated to back page status. The embarrassed silence is deafening.
The third exhibit of the desperation of the Bush-Neo-Con-Sharon Cabal these days emanates from the establishment conservative, pro-Bush, pro-War for Empire Internet site known oxymoronically as Free Republic.com. The statement of purpose of its founder, Jim Robinson, may be accessed at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1103363/posts. The character of this site is obvious to the trained observer of agit-prop. Mr. Robinson allows the lapdogs of Bush and Cheney to post articles and commentaries anonymously. At the same time, articulate voices on the American Right who oppose The Cabal on Israel, War, Empire, or virtually any other topic have their threads removed and future posting privileges revoked without explanation. Having been informed by other traditional American conservatives of Mr. Robinson's methods, I tested him this week by posting my article for Dave Black On Line (http://www.daveblackonline.com/constitution_party1.htm) for 3rd Party Presidential candidate Michael Peroutka with Free Republic.com. Robinson's commitment to a Censored Republic.com was proven and re-affirmed less than twelve hours later when the thread was predictably pulled and my posting privileges with his service revoked after only one offering. What apparently caused Mr. Robinson to either adjust or change his underwear in the wee hours of the night was the following excerpt on Mr. Bush's War for Empire and Israel made available to his own Pavlovian faithful for but a few brief, fleeting moments at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/1122241/posts:
Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party Is the One in November of 2004/ Dave Black On Line April 21, 2004 | Mark Dankof | Posted on 04/21/2004 9:50:29 PM PDT | by Mark Dankof
The first clarifying notion for American and Southern Conservatives about this year’s Presidential election should be the jettisoning of any thought of voting once more for George W. Bush. Mr. Bush’s continuation of an Empire oriented, neo-conservative foreign policy along the lines of Woodrow Wilson has handed all of us 700+ American dead (and counting), 20,000 dead Iraqis (and counting), and a bill for this lunacy approaching $200 billion (and counting). As Paul Craig Roberts notes today, the Bush Administration’s disastrous and unwarranted preemptive military action in Iraq stands on the precipice of an even larger military conflict in the region which threatens the initiation of a theater-wide conflict involving Syria and Iran. And Mr. Bush’s endorsement of Ariel Sharon’s illegal annexation of West Bank land (and the latter’s unilateral denial of any Palestinian Right-of-Return to lands seized in 1948) underscores a policy which will inevitably lead to more violence, terrorism, and the continuation of America’s own development as a military garrison state. Mr. Roberts and Pastor Dave Black of Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest warn us that these policies and their catastrophic consequences may well be backed by a return to involuntary American military conscription early next year, which begs the question: How many of us want to lose our fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters for this madness?
David D. Kirkpatrick’s recent article in the New York Times on American conservative dissonance with Bush and Empire amply illustrates that Mr. Bush is not a candidate that should be supported by any American or Southern Conservative concerned with our nation’s Constitution and the dangerous tendency to support War, Empire, and the expansion of the Central State at the expense of individual liberty at home and positive relations with foreign nations abroad. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s expose reinforces what is already being reemphasized in the State of Pennsylvania in Mr. Bush’s Republican primary endorsement of Arlen Specter over conservative Pat Toomey. Mr. Bush is a Rockefeller Republican. Period. He is not, and has not been our friend.
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Finally, the beginning of the end of the reign of the Likudnik War Party in Washington occurred this week when Americans were treated to what their President and Pentagon wanted to deny them the opportunity to see--the rising cost of the Bush-Sharon policies in the Middle East in the flag-enshrouded coffins of the sons and daughters of America returning home for their final resting place. Mr. Kristol, Mr. Farah, and Mr. Robinson among many others, lost the War for the Hearts and Minds of the Average American when the image below was posted on the front pages of the major print dailies in the United States this week along with TV and Internet transmissions. It will guarantee the departure of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney this fall, along with the forced eviction of Neo-Cons from the American Conservative Movement and the renaissance of an American Right committed to limited government, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the return of the Old Republic. Take it to the bank.
(Mark Dankof is a Lutheran pastor and free-lance journalist, occasionally contributing to Iran Dokht, Al Bawaba, Nile Media, CASCFEN, and other Internet news sites. Once a 3rd party candidate for the United States Senate in Delaware , he maintains the web-site Mark Dankofs America while pursuing post-graduate theological education at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.)
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