The control of the opinion-molding media is nearly monolithic. All of the controlled media ? television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, motion pictures speak with a single voice, each reinforcing the other. Despite the appearance of variety, there is no real dissent, no alternative source of facts or ideas accessible to the great mass of people which might allow them to form opinions at odds with those of the media masters. They are presented with a single view of the world ? a world in which every voice proclaims the equality of the races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish "Holocaust" tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt a flood of non-White aliens from pouring across our borders, the danger of permitting citizens to keep and bear arms, the moral equivalence of all sexual orientations, and the desirability of a "pluralistic," cosmopolitan society rather than a homogeneous one. It is a view of the world designed by the media masters to suit their own ends ? and the pressure to conform to that view is overwhelming. People adapt their opinions to it, vote in accord with it, and shape their lives to fit it.
Electronic News & Entertainment Media
Continuing government deregulation of the telecommunications industry has resulted, not in the touted increased competition, but rather in an accelerating wave of corporate mergers and acquisitions that have produced a handful of multi-billion-dollar media conglomerates. Whenever you watch television, whether from a local broadcasting station or via a cable or satellite dish; whenever you see a feature film in a theater or at home; whenever you listen to the radio or recorded music, whenever you read a newspaper, book, or magazine ? it is very likely that the information or entertainment you receive was produced and/or distributed by one of these megamedia companies.
The largest media conglomerate today is Walt Disney Company, whose chairman and CEO, Michael Eisner, is a Jew. The Di...
The US is the only country in the world where the peace movement is unwilling to recognize, publically condemn or oppose the major influential political and social institutions consistently supporting and promoting the US wars in the Middle East. The political power of the pro-Israel power configuration, led by the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), supported within the government by highly placed pro-Israel Congressional leaders and White House and Pentagon officials has been well documented in books and articles by leading journalists, scholars and former President Jimmy Carter. The Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) has over two thousand full-time functionaries, more than 250,000 activists, over a thousand billionaire and multi-millionaire political donors who contribute funds both political parties. The ZPC secures 20% of the US foreign military aid budget for Israel, over 95% congressional support for Israel?s boycott and armed incursions in Gaza, invasion of Lebanon and preemptive military option against Iran.
By Rep. Paul Findley In the greatest service of his long public life, former President Jimmy Carter warns of the grave consequences of America?s phenomenal subservience to Israel. In his latest book and recent lectures, he focuses on how Israel?s cruel occupation, made possible by massive and unconditional U.S. support, has subjected the Palestinian people to terrible suffering for forty long years. Beyond that grave human tragedy, candid observers must cite U.S. complicity in Israeli lawlessness as the major factor that prompted the horror of 9/11 and lured America into launching three costly, wrong-headed, and failing wars, ?Afghanistan, Iraq and the War on Terror. The linkage is easily identified. America?s support of Israel?s brutality was the main motivation for 9/11. It was the ultimate expression of Arab fury over America?s double standard that routinely ignores Israeli violations of Arab human rights. Nine-eleven would not have happened if any U.S. president in the last forty years had refused to finance Israel?s humiliation and destruction of Palestine. Michael Scheuer, a former CIA analyst now a consultant to CBS News, recently told a congressional committee that ?our unqualified support of Israel? was the main reason for 9/11. Marine General Anthony Zinni, President George W. Bush?s first special envoy to the Middle East, has stated that the United States invaded Iraq for Israel and oil. Osama bin Laden repeatedly said it was payback for U.S. support of Israel?s brutal treatment of Palestinians and other Arabs and for U.S. complicity in 1982 when Israeli forces used U.S.-donated munitions to massacre over 18,000 innocent Arabs in Lebanon. The U.S. acts of war in Afghanistan and the War on Terror were President Bush?s retaliation for 9/11. Israel?and only Israel?urged the United States to invade Iraq. Israel?s lobby in Washington pushed hard and prevailed. To our foreign critics, these wars focus on killing people outraged by our pro-Israel bias. Our government has done nothing to redress the grievances of Israel?s victims. Despite this grim record, U.S. subservience to the wishes of Israel?s leaders does not change. Unconditional aid to Israel keeps flowing, as does Israel?s savage treatment of Palestinians and other Arabs. Moreover, the Bush administration is fully and openly pledged to do whatever is necessary??even acts of war?to halt Iran?s nuclear program even if its projects are lawfully limited to peaceful purposes. Israel is the only nation urging the United States to attack Iran. The lobby is pushing hard again. If the U.S. assaults Iran it will be on Israel?s behalf. Congress, like the rest of America, is totally devoid of debate on the amazing role of this small nation in critical U.S. policy. Members are fulsome in public praise of the Jewish state, but no politician mentions the illegal behavior of Israel or the staggering burden it imposes on our country. How did Israel gain this influence? It all started 40 years ago. On June 8, 1967, the U.S. commander-in-chief, President Lyndon B. Johnson, turned his back on the crew of a U.S. navy ship, the USS Liberty, despite the fact that the ship was under deadly assault by Israel?s air and sea forces. The Israelis were engaged in an ugly scheme to lure America into their war against Arab states. They tried to destroy the Liberty and its entire crew, then pin the blame on the Arabs. This, they reasoned, would outrage the American people and immediately lead the United States to join Israel??s battle against Arabs. The scheme almost worked. It failed because, despite the carefully-planned multi-pronged assault, the Liberty crew managed to broadcast an SOS over a makeshift antenna. When the appeal reached U.S. aircraft carriers nearby, the commanders immediately launched fighter planes to defend the ship. Informed of the launch, President Johnson ordered the rescue planes to turn back immediately. For the first time in history, forces of the U.S. Navy were denied the right to defend a Navy ship under attack. Johnson said, ?I don?t care if the ship sinks, I am not going to embarrass an ally.? Those were his exact words, heard by Navy personnel listening to radio relays. The ally Johnson refused to embarrass was Israel. To him, saving Israel from embarrassment was more important than saving the lives of the Liberty crew. The day yielded infamy, ?deceit, lies and cover-up at the highest level. When the SOS reached the top military commanders in Israel, they immediately canceled the assault, claiming it was a case of mistaken identity. At the White House, Johnson accepted Israel?s claim, even though he knew it was a lie. Then Johnson magnified the day?s infamy by ordering a cover-up of the truth. Liberty survivors were sworn to secrecy. Even those in hospital beds and badly wounded were threatened with court martial if they told anyone what actually happened. The cover-up has been continued by every administration since Johnson?s. It proved to be a fateful turning point in Israel?s power over U.S. foreign policy. The Liberty experience convinced Israeli officials that they could get by with literally anything??even the murder of U.S. sailors?in their manipulation of the U.S. government. Financial aid to Israel began to pour like a river, all of it with no stings attached. According to The Christian Science Monitor, this outpouring has now cost U.S. taxpayers over $1.4 trillion. Costs go far beyond money. Thousands of American families are blighted forever, with America?s once high moral standing in shambles. Because of its unqualified support of Israel, Washington is hated worldwide as never before. The principal source of Israel?s influence is the fear it seems to instill in every sector of our society. The most effective instrument of intimidation employed by its lobby is the reckless accusation of anti-Semitism, often leveled at anyone criticizing any aspect of Israeli behavior. Several organizations, fundamentalist Christian as well as Jewish, lobby for Israel, but the principal one is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC]. I can personally certify that for many years it has cast a blanket of fear over Capitol Hill and blocked any semblance of unfettered discussion. I unintentionally contributed to that fear in 1985 when my book, They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel?s Lobby, was published. It reports in detail the efficiency of Israel?s U.S. lobby, its history and tactics. Most of the text arose from my personal experience as AIPAC?s prime target during my last five years as a Member of Congress. It also details the lobby?s important role in the defeat of Senators Charles Percy and Adlai Stevenson, and U.S. Rep. Paul ?Pete? McCloskey. In a rare burst of public candor about its partisan activities, AIPAC claimed credit for defeating re-election bids by myself in 1982 and Senator Percy in 1984. My book became a bestseller. I hoped it would inspire public officials and other citizens to revolt against the lobby?s influence on U.S. policy, but several of my former colleagues told me it had the opposite effect. One said, ?After what AIPAC did to you and Percy, I vote with the lobby every time.? Israel?s grip on America seems impervious. Two distinguished political scientists, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard, strode resolutely into the Middle East minefield a year ago by co-authoring a paper on Israel?s lobby. More recently, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, a book written by former President Carter, revered worldwide for his effective work on international conflict resolution, was published. These brave statements should have produced a groundswell of public protest demanding America?s liberation from Israel. Although the professors and Carter have pursued the lecture circuit, no tide of outrage has developed. With few exceptions, America?s major editors, producers, commentators, academics and politicians have given these courageous initiatives the silent treatment. Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill simply said, ?Carter doesn?t not speak for the Democratic Party.? Nationwide, the lobby?s influence is pervasive, sustained and deep, a phenomenon unprecedented in U.S. history. Because of that power, the ?other? Israel is almost never discussed openly and candidly any place in America, even in private conversation. It is impossible to explain the silence except as a reflection of profound fear. The situation is highly dangerous. America has already paid a towering price for our subservience to Israel, and great additional burdens seem inevitable. If the United States is involved in acts of war against Iran, anti-American protest will rise to new heights, especially throughout the Islamic world. It will inevitably deepen the widely-held belief among Muslims that America seeks to undermine Islam. The outlook for reform is grim. Elected officials of both major political parties in Washington seem hopelessly captured by Israel?s agents. So does every serious candidate for the presidency in 2008. A senior U.S. Senator told me recently that Israel cannot expect to experience true security until Palestinians are secure in an independent state of their own, but he spoke off the record and has not made that wise declaration in public. All U.S. citizens must accept a measure of responsibility for Israel?s grip on America. Those of us who knew what was happening did not protest with sufficient force and clarity. Those who did not know should have taken their responsibility as citizens more seriously. They should have informed themselves. The scene is likely to improve only if U.S. elected officials are criticized so forthrightly from home that they fear a constituent revolt more than they fear Israel?s lobby. This, of course, will not happen until the countryside benefits from a rigorous and edifying public debate about Israel?s role in our national life. -Paul Findley, a U.S. Repres
By Rev. Ted Pike As the Christian-persecuting federal hate bill dangerously waits in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Jewish  Forward says most of the American Jewish community has mobilized to get it passed. They are pressuring President Bush not to honor his pledge to evangelicals to veto it. (See,  Jews Pressure Bush to Sign Hate Bill) You may ask, ?What?s the problem? Jews are an infinitesimal one and a half percent of the American population. What can they do?? Plenty. A Jewish population of exactly that percentage brought communism to Russia. The most murderous and anti-Christ system the world has ever known (having starved to death or slaughtered over 150 million) was overwhelmingly inspired and birthed by a tiny minority of Jews. The Jewish Encyclopedia (Socialism, p. 418) frankly points out that ?Jews have been prominently identified with the modern Socialist movement from its very inception.? ?Scientific socialism,? or what we call communism, says the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia in its article on socialism, ?originated in the combination of Jewish Messianic feeling with German philosophy?? 1 Marx, of course, was Jewish. But, just as important, Jews at all levels, from high financiers like the Warburgs, Schiffs and Rothschilds to rugged revolutionaries like Trotsky, Kamenev, Sverdlov and Zinoviev, made the success of communism possible. Gary Allen in his book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, pp. 68-75, fingers those key Jewish financiers, especially Max Warburg in Germany and Jacob Schiff in America, who provided millions to arm and subsidize Jewish revolutionaries returning to Russia under the leadership of Trotsky. Schiff, head of the international banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb and Co. (now Chase Manhattan) was particularly influential. Quoting the New York Journal-America of February 3, 1949 out of Allen?s book: ?Today it is estimated by Jacob?s grandson, John Schiff, that the old man sank about $20,000,000 for the final triumph of Bolshevism in Russia.? (Remember, that was when a common wage for adult hard labor was several dollars per day.) 2 Jews Tell Us Communism was Jewish Let?s ease into this controversial subject by introducing some mild, yet tantalizing quotes from the authoritative Encyclopedia Judaica?s article on Communism. The Communist movement and ideology played an important part in Jewish life, particularly in the 1920?s, 1930?s, and during and after World War II?Individual Jews played an important role in the early stages of Bolshevism and the Soviet regime?The great attraction of communism among Russian, and later also, Western, Jewry emerged only with the establishment of the Soviet regime in Russia. How involved were the Jews? It continues by admitting that the ?anti-Semitic? counteroffensive of the White Russian armies in 1918 ?drove the bulk of Russian Jewish youth into the ranks of the Bolshevik regime.? The bulk of Jewish youth. This means that the majority of all young Soviet Jews were communists. Jews, it says, found great opportunity within Bolshevism, ?occupying many responsible positions in all branches of the party and state machinery at the central and local seats of power.? (pg. 791) Bolshevism had become the Jewish cause as: Many Jews the world over therefore regarded the Soviet concept of the solution to the ?Jewish question? as an intrinsically positive approach?Communism and support of the Soviet Union thus seemed to many Jews to be the only alternative, and Communist trends became widespread in virtually all Jewish communities. In some countries Jews became the leading element in the legal and illegal Communist parties and in some cases were even instructed by the Communist international to change their Jewish-sounding names and pose as non-Jews, in order not to confirm right-wing propaganda that presented Communism as an alien, Jewish conspiracy? (pg. 792) Communism ? A Jewish Heritage The article then goes on to enumerate who many of these Jews (most with Gentile Russian names) actually were. Here we find most of the giants of Soviet communism, names we have memorized in college history courses as the kingpins of the Revolution, without dreaming they were Jews. But making sure of their Jewish identity is very important to the editors of the Encyclopedia Judaica, which is not addressed to Gentiles. It is clear that the editors want Jewish youth today to be aware of their communist heritage. To this end, they not only never criticize anything having to do with communism but always describe it as a sincere and timely experiment with the greatest social advantages to Jews in Russia. Many Jewish Bolsheviks, persons who helped make possible the bloodiest regime in the history of the world, are dignified with a separate article. Keeping in mind that Jews represented only several percent of the Russian population at that time, the disproportion of Jews in the Party hierarchy is further born out: During the Revolution Jews played a prominent part in the party organs. The politburo elected on Oct. 23, 1917 had four Jews among its seven members. The Military Revolutionary Committee, appointed to prepare the coup, was headed by Trotsky and had two Jews among its five members. In the early years of the Soviet regime, Jews were in many leading positions in the government and party machinery? (page 797, 98) Thus, 57 percent of the Politburo at the height of the Revolution was Jewish, as well as 40 percent of the Military Revolutionary Committee. In my video The Other Israel I show a photo of the First Peoples? Commissariat. Its five members are all Jewish. (See,  The Other Israel video on Google) Anti-Communism. . . or Anti-Semitism? Having informed us earlier that because of ?anti-Semitism? the ?bulk of Jewish youth? were compelled to join the Bolshevik ranks, the Judaica goes on to inadvertently clarify why the Russian natives were so bent on ?anti-Semitic? activities. The article says that movements toward freedom (called ?centrifugal nationalist tendencies?) among the nearly enslaved Russian people ?inspired the regime to utilize compact, Jewish masses in these areas as a counterweight, which would swing the balance in the centralist regime?s favor.?(pg. 798) In other words, ?the bulk of Jewish youth? in every outlying hamlet of Russia became the ?compact Jewish masses? whose task it was to forcibly impose and maintain communist slavery upon freedom-loving peoples. Jews and the Russian populace were locked in a death struggle for survival and the future of Russia. Is it any wonder that the White Russians rose up in rage, even to the point of liquidating their oppressors? Who would not have done the same? It was at this time that Lenin himself declared capital punishment for any Russian who criticized Jews or identified Jewish leaders with Russian names as Jewish. Anti-Semitism was branded as being counterrevolutionary in nature, and persons participating in pogroms or instigating them were outlawed (by a special decree issued by the Council of Commissars in July 1918, signed and personally amended by Lenin to sharpen its tone). A statement against Anti-Semitism made by Lenin in March 1918 was put on a phonograph record, to be used in a mass campaign against the counterrevolutionary incitement against the Jews. (pg. 798) Allied Intelligence Reports During this period intelligence services throughout the free world were buzzing with reports of Jewish involvement in communism. Since an impeccable Jewish source, the Encyclopedia Judaica, has largely convinced us of the importance of Jews to the success of communism, let us briefly consider a small part of the testimony available from a variety of high-level sources. I will present each without comment, but notice how often they describe Bolshevik leadership in much higher figures than the Encyclopedia Judaica, often to as high as 90 percent. Report of the American Expeditionary forces to Siberia, March 1, 1919. Captain Montgomery Schyler, speaking of events following the decline of the First Provisional Government, says: These hopes were frustrated by the gradual gains in power of the more irresponsible and socialistic elements of the population, guided by the Jews and other anti-Russian races. A table made in April 1918 by Robert Wilton, the correspondent of the London Times in Russia, shows that at that time there were 384 ?commissars? including 2 Negroes, 13 Russians, 15 Chinamen, 22 Armenians and more than 300 Jews. Of the latter number, 264 had come to Russia from the United States since the downfall of the Imperial government. Captain Schyler then provides a personal reflection: It is probably unwise to say this loudly in the United States, but the Bolshevik movement is and has been since its beginning guided and controlled by Russian Jews of the greasiest type, who have been in the United States and there absorbed every one of the worst phases of our civilization without having the least understanding of what we really mean by liberty. 3 The Consul General at Moscow (Summers) to the Secretary of State, Moscow, May 2, 1918: Jews predominant in local Soviet government, anti-Jewish feeling growing among population which tends to regard oncoming Germans as deliverers. 4 U.S. State Department Report, Foreign Relations, 1918, Russia, Vol. 11, p. 240: Fifty percent of Soviet government in each town consists of Jews of the worst type, many of whom are anarchists. 5 Scotland Yard Report to the America Secretary of State, July 23, 1919: There is now definite evidence that Bolshevism is an international movement controlled by Jews; communications are passing between the leaders in America, France, Russia and England, with a view toward concerted action. 6 Extract of Report from the Netherlands Minister at Petrograd on the 6th of September, 1918, forwarded by Sir M. Findlay, at Christiana, to Mr. Balfour: I consider that the immediate suppression of Bolshevism is the greatest issue now before the world, not even excludin
Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio.
When I took my oath of citizenship, choking with emotion, I repeated with thousands of other new citizens: ? I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.? I am duty-bound to fight for my country and free it from influence. I hope that 300 million other Americans join me to free the United States of America.
In his celebrated farewell address to the American people in 1796, George Washington urged Americans to avoid taking sides in foreign quarrels. Not only have we failed to heed his warning, but we have yielded our will to foreign influence. Our destiny is being shaped by Israel and her lobby groups in the United States at the detriment of America and the wishes of the American people.
In November the American people spoke up. They put Democrats in Congress so that they would put an end to the war in Iraq and bring home the troops. They demanded peace. Instead, it would seem that Ms. Pelosi and the Democratic Party are taking orders from AIPAC. As Mr. Olmert ordered the U.S. to stay in Iraq[i] Ms. Pelosi revised her Bill allowing Mr. Bush to attack Iran without any justification. The official reason given for stripping from a major military spending bill a requirement for Bush to gain approval from Congress before moving against Iran is concerns about the possible impact on Israel. AIPAC would like to take credit for pressuring Ms. Pelosi and the Democrats,[ii] and if one recalls Olmert?s speech delivered to Congress on May 24, 2006, AIPAC?s bragging is not out of place.
? Iran, the world's leading sponsor of terror and a notorious violator of fundamental human rights, stands on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. With these weapons, the security of the entire world is put in jeopardy. We deeply appreciate America's leadership on this issue and the strong bipartisan conviction that a nuclear-armed Iran is an intolerable threat to the peace and security of the world. It cannot be permitted to materialize.?
? Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, our moment is now. History will judge our generation by the actions we take now, by our willingness to stand up for peace and security and freedom, and by our courage to do what is right. The international community will be measured not by its intentions but by its results. The international community will be judged by its ability to convince nations and peoples to turn their backs on hatred and zealotry. If we don't take Iran's bellicose rhetoric seriously now, we will be forced to take its nuclear aggression seriously later. [iii]?
Having dragged the United States into one war through the influential lobby group AIPAC, the AEI and high level decision makers, Israel is not only sacrificing American lives in Iraq to advance its own interest, but it is widening the conflict to include a military attack on Iran. An attack based on false allegations that Iran is developing nuclear weapons; whereas innumerable intrusive inspections by the IAEA have not produced any evidence of Iran diversifying its civilian nuclear program to bomb making.
While Iran?s nuclear program is peaceful and within the guidelines of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even as Prime Minister Olmert revealed his country?s open secret of having nuclear bombs, and met with protests by the Gulf States which according to Haaretz demanded that Israel be sanctioned ?for the world must regard Olmert's statement as a global threat to peace and security?[iv], it was rewarded. For it would seem that America regards the Arabs with the same contempt as Sir Flinders Petrie, the renowned archeologist, who had this to say about them:
?[T]he Arab has a vast balance of romance put to his credit very needlessly. He is as disgustingly incapable as most other savages, and not more worth romancing about than Red Indians or Maoris.?[v]
Instead of sanctions, further arms deals were negotiated for delivery. On January 29, 2007, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli Air Force plans to buy military equipment from the United States that helps transform regular missiles into precision, satellite-guided weapons. The deal would cost $100 million ? no doubt part of the billions of dollars in aid from the American tax payers that goes to Israel each year.[vi]
Our own government is not faring any better. ?Stephen G. Rademaker ? who left his job as Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation and International Security at the U.S. State Department last December - said, referring to India?s changing attitude towards non-proliferation, "[t]he best illustration of this is the two votes India cast against Iran at the IAEA. I am the first person to admit that the votes were coerced."[vii] While denying Iran, a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty technological assistance is itself a violation of Article IV, the U.S. has violated Article III by providing India, a non-signatory to the NPT, with nuclear technology.
A far more serious offense is that in spite of Article VI of the NPT, the Bush Administration has launched on building the most inhuman weapon known to man ? the thermonuclear bomb.[viii] The hydrogen bomb (clean bomb) would produce blast effects and a hail of lethal neutrons but almost no radioactive fallout which would cause minimal physical damage to buildings and equipment but kill most living things. The tens of billions of dollars that are being invested in this weapon of mass destruction are depriving our citizenry of quality of life; and the lives of those we are about to terminate en masse.
In the meanwhile, ordinary Americans have been bombarded with advertisements about the clean air that will be ours soon with nuclear power plants; the power plants that will make us independent of foreign oil, but not of foreign uranium; for Iran is one of the stake owners in the world's biggest open-pit uranium mine in the African state of Namibia, and the U.S is a customer of the said mine[ix]. Sanctions don?t seem to apply to America?s drive for its needs. It is noteworthy that uranium is a commodity that has increased in value considerably in the stock market.
It is also noteworthy that while fellow Americans should benefit from nuclear power generated ?clean air?, since 1980, carbon emissions in Iran have risen by 240%, and worsening. The pollution in Tehran and all other major cities of Iran that has reached catastrophic levels causing 17,000 deaths every year in Tehran alone, as well as causing severe problems for people with asthma, heart, and skin conditions. The cost of medical care for such illnesses is reaching astronomical levels. Polluted air also severely damages soil and groundwater resources by contaminating the rain water. At the same time, Iran's industrial base, using oil and gas for energy, generates wastes that contaminate a large number of rivers and coastal waters and threaten drinking water supplies.[x]
While Israel with its 300-400 nuclear warheads is coaxing America into another war, this Administration is building weapons of mass destruction, our veterans are lying in mold, and I ask myself: ?Am I not duty-bound to protect my country? Which is the greater enemy, Iran after years of sanctions struggling for self-determination, or AIPAC at the behest of Israel bent on pushing my country to war?? Are we about to witness another war?
?That depends on who does it and how quickly it happens. We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote Gen. Moshe Dayan: ?Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.? I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.?
?Iran can never be threatened in its very existence. Israel can.?
Martin van Creveld[xi]
Know, that in the fast (Sawm) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. And that is its close connection to Allah, such that He says: "The fast (Sawm) is for Me and I will reward it." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
This connection is enough to show the high status of fasting. Similarly, the Ka`bah is highly dignified due to its close connection to Him, as occurs in His statement:
"And sanctify My House." [Soorah al-Hajj:26]
Indeed, the fast is only virtuous due to two significant concepts:
The first: It is a secret and hidden action thus, no one from the creation is able to see it. Therefore riyaa' (showing off) cannot enter into it.
The second: It is a means of subjugating the enemies of Allah. This is because the road that the enemies (of Allah) embark upon (in order to misguide the Son of Aadam) is that of desires. And eating and drinking strengthens the desires.
There are many reports that indicate the merits of fasting, and they are all well known.
The recommended acts of fasting
The pre-dawn meal (suhoor) and delaying in taking it are preferable, as well as hastening to break the fast and doing so with dates.
Generosity in giving is also recommended during Ramadaan, as well as doing good deeds and increasing in charity. This is in accordance with the way of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam).
It is also recommended to study the Qur'aan and perform I`tikaaf during Ramadaan, especially in the last ten days, as well as increasing upon the exertion (towards doing good deeds) in it.
In the two Saheehs, `Aa'ishah said:
"When the (last) ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet would tighten his waist-wrapper (izaar), spend the night in worship, and wake his family up (for prayer)." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
The scholars have mentioned two views concerning the meaning of "tighten his waist-wrapper (izaar)":
The first: It means the turning away from women.
The second: It is an expression denoting his (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) eagerness and diligence in doing good deeds.
They also say that the reason for his (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) exertion in the last ten days of Ramadaan was due to his (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) seeking of the Night of Al-Qadr (Lailatul-Qadr).
An explanation of the inner secrets of fasting and its characteristics
There are three levels of fasting: The general fast, the specific fast, and the more specific fast.
As for the general fast, then it is the refraining of the stomach and the private parts from fulfilling their desires.
The specific fast is the refraining of ones gaze, tongue, hands, feet, hearing and eyes, as well as the rest of his body parts from committing sinful acts.
As for the more specific fast, then it is the heart's abstention from its yearning after the worldly affairs and the thoughts which distance one away from Allah, as well as its (the heart's) abstention from all the things that Allah has placed on the same level.
From the characteristics of the specific fast is that one lowers his gaze and safeguards his tongue from the repulsive speech that is forbidden, disliked, or which has no benefit, as well as controlling the rest of his body parts.
In a hadeeth reported by Al-Bukhaaree:
"Whosoever does not abandon false speech and the acting upon it, Allah is not in need of him leaving off his food and drink." [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, Abu Dawood, at-Tirmidhee and Ibn Maajah]
Another characteristic of the specific fast is that one does not overfill himself with food during the night. Instead, he eats in due measure, for indeed, the son of Aadam does not fill a vessel more evil than his stomach.
If he were to eat his fill during the first part of the night, he would not make good use of himself for the remainder of the night. In the same way, if he eats to his fill for suhoor, he does not make good use of himself until the afternoon. This is because excessive eating breeds laziness and lethargy. Therefore, the objective of fasting disappears due to one's excessiveness in eating, for what is intended by the fast, is that one savors the taste of hunger and becomes an abandoner of desires.
As for the recommended fasts, then know that preference for fasting is established in certain virtuous days. Some of these virtuous days occur every year, such as fasting the first six days of the month of Shawaal after Ramadaan, fasting the day of `Arafah, the day of `Aashooraa, and the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram.
Some of them occur every month, such as the first part of the month, the middle part of it, and the last part of it. So whoever fasts the first part of the month, the middle part of it, and the last part of it, then he has done well.
Some fasts occur every week, and they are every Monday and Thursday.
The most virtuous of the recommended fasts is the fast of Dawood (`alayhis salaam). He would fast one day and break his fast the next day. This achieves the following three objectives:
The soul is given its share on the day the fast is broken. And on the day of fasting, it completes its worship in full.
The day of eating is the day of giving thanks and the day of fasting is the day of having patience. And Faith (Eemaan) is divided into two halves - that of thankfulness and that of patience. [Note: the hadeeth with a similar stament is unauthentic, see adh-Dha`eefah: 625]
It is the most difficult struggle for the soul. This is because every time the soul gets accustomed to a certain condition, it transfers itself to that.
As for fasting every day, then it has been reported by Muslim, from the hadeeth of Abu Qataadah, that `Umar (radhiallahu `anhu) asked the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam): 'What is the case if one were to fast every day?' So he (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: "He did not fast nor did he break his fast - or - he did not fast and he did not break his fast." [Saheeh Muslim]
This is concerning the one who fasts continuously, even during the days in which fasting is forbidden.
Characteristics of the most specific fast
Know that the one who has been given intellect, knows the objective behind fasting. Therefore, he burdens himself to the extent that he will not be unable to do that which is more beneficial than it.
Ibn Mas`ood would fast very little and it is reported that he used to say: "When I fast, I grow weak in my prayer. And I prefer the prayer over the (optional) fast.
Some of them (the Sahaabah) would weaken in their recitation of the Qur'aan while fasting. Thus, they would exceed in breaking their fast (i.e. by observing less optional fasts), until they were able to balance their recitation. Every individual is knowledgeable of his condition and of what will rectify it.
There were a slight modification to the article by the editor, such as the exclusion of the couple of statements.
Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy on him, said:
The punishment for a sin committed by a believer is removed in ten ways:
He repents to Allah (taubah), so Allah accepts his repentance, for the one who repents from sin is like the one who has no sin.
He seeks forgiveness from Allah (istighfar), so Allah forgives him.
He does good deeds that erase his sin for good deeds erase bad ones.
His believing brethren pray for him or seek forgiveness for his sins during his life or death.
Or they [ask Allah] to bestow on him as gift from the reward for their deeds, with which Allah benefits him.
His Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, intercedes for him.
Allah tests him with trials in this world which expiate his sin.
Allah tests him in al-Barzakh (the intermediate life in the grave, between the death and the Day of Judgment) which expiates his sin.
Allah tests him in the various stages of the Day of Judgment which expiates his sins.
Or the Most Merciful of those who have mercy has mercy on him.
Whoever, then, is missed by these ten cannot blame anyone but himself.
God Most High has said: Turn to God in repentance, all you
believers, that you might succeed, [24:31] and: O you who believe! Turn to God in sincere repentance, [66:8] and: Turn penitently towards your Lord, and submit to Him. [39:54]
Muslim relates on the authority of al-A`azz al-Muzani that the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, "My heart is sometimes clouded ??? I ask for God's forgiveness a hundred times each day."
08/12/2006 09:00 PM | By Manal Alafrangi, Staff Writer at gulfnews
There are many arguments thrown out explaining the basis of the solid American-Israeli alliance. Some attribute it to the shared democratic values between the two. Others say Israel is strategically important for the implementation of America's political agenda in the Middle East. Perhaps most effectively, the backing for Israel in the US is successfully advocated by Israel's official lobby in Washington DC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. Many observers point at the Jewish lobby and say it controls the US government's foreign policies.
In recent years, however, a politicised and right-wing Protestant fundamentalist movement has emerged as a major supporter of Israel. This is what some refer to as the "rise of the religious right" or right-wingers in the Republican party who recognised the need to enlist the support of fundamentalist Christians in the US in order to gain political strength. To many analysts, it is this group of people who drive America to support Israel.
White evangelicals tend to be most supportive politically of Israel in America. According to the Economist, they constitute a quarter of the American electorate and are the "bedrock" of George W. Bush's support. For them, Bush is their representative in the political world; their "de facto leader" to borrow from the Washington Post.
Arguably, Bush speaks the language of religion better than any previous president. It is very difficult to recall a speech he made, without him ending it with "May God bless/continue to bless America". Interestingly, his blessings never extend to other parts of the world.
It wasn't that long ago that Bush told then-Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas that "God told me to strike Al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam [Hussain] which I did". Bush now believes he has been given the responsibility of world leadership by God.
There are many successful pressure groups such as Christians United for Israel, (founded by Texas televangelist John Hagee) which influence the US government to maintain its "intrinsic bond" with Israel. Pastor Hagee believes Israel is doing "God's work in a "war of good versus evil". He recently called Israel's attack on Lebanon a "miracle of God".
Good vs evil
This belief that the world is divided into absolute good and absolute evil is apparently shared by Bush. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the US president declared: "This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail".
Another highly influential man, Pat Robertson, is an avid supporter of Israel, calling for all of historical Palestine to be under Jewish rule. What's startling is the fact that he has unmatched TV outreach to one million-plus Americans as well as a world audience through his 700 Club Virginia-based TV programme.
Most recently, Robertson had a six-hour meeting with the Israeli Security Cabinet, following a praying session with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They were praying for victory in Lebanon. In hosting him, Israel obviously recognises the Christian Right's political clout.
The Christian Right (which is not dissimilar to "Islamist" extremism) has a decisive presence in the US today. Dennis Ross, a Middle East envoy in Bush senior and Clinton's administrations, said recently, evangelical supporters of Israel are now an "important part of the landscape". The fact that they are allied with the neoconservatives of Washington as well as Christian extremists makes them all the more powerful.
Their belief is derived from mostly the Old Testament. They believe that having a Jewish presence in all of the Holy Land will make way for the Messiah's Second Coming, at which point Jews will either have to convert to Christianity or be annihilated.
Make no mistake about it; America is the world's most openly religious country. But the so-called religious sentimentality between Israel and the US is a recent construction, aimed at camouflaging the structural reality and rationalising certain policies. If anything, the US should be supporting the Christian Palestinians, (who still either live under Israeli occupation or live as second class citizens in Israel) who are doctrinally much closer to Christian Americans than Jews. Yet we do not see this happening.
Given the institutionalisation of the US-Israeli relationship and the strong drive of the Christian Right, it is unlikely that the policies of the US will change towards Israel anytime soon.
The Drudge Report continues to act as Israel's biggest cheerleader, strangely quiet about deliberate war crimes and their penchant for barbecuing babies, passionately vocal about the perceived monsters of Hezbollah.
One of Drudge's top links is currently headlined 'Photos that damn Hezbollah'.
Click and it takes you to the Australian Herald - who carry photos of alleged Hezbollah members with, wait for it....weapons! Yes they actually have weapons! Can you comprehend this level of evil?
Charred and mangled babies from indiscriminate Israelis bombings pale in significance to the fact that some guys have weapons!
The article tries to make a stink about how Hezbollah blends in with residential areas. The past two weeks have provided enough reminders - houses full of women and children, UN observers, ambulances - that Israel's war crimes are targeted and deliberate - Hezbollah presence or not.
On The Alex Jones Show today, veteran reporter Dahr Jamail (a Lebanese Christian) said that he visited the site of the Qana massacre and observed that there was no evidence of Hezbollah artillery or rocket munitions to be found.
Reports accusing Hezbollah of using civilians as human shields have proven to be as wildly out of context as Iran making Jews wear yellow badges.
Compare the photos for yourself and decide which are the most damning
The spreading war in Lebanon and the ghastly massacre at Qana has bared the bizarre contradictions and self-destructive nature of US Mideast policy.
With one hand, the US sends $30 million of food and blankets to Lebanon for the 20% of its population made refugees by the American-encouraged Israeli bombing.
With the other, it rushes planeloads of precision bombs to Israel, one of which may have destroyed a UN border observer post, killing four UN soldiers. A decade ago, Israeli shells killed 100 civilians seeking shelter at the main UN compound in Qana, the town where Christ turned water to wine.
In Washington, the US Congress voted unanimously on 18 June to condemn Hamas and Hizbullah, and supporting `Israel?s right to self-defense.? The House voted 410 to 8 for the resolution after a provision urging all sides to `respect civilian life? was actually dropped from the bill by Congressmen slavering to show their loyalty to Israel.
No one in the US media dared raise the interesting question that some early press reports by respected news agencies of the clash that led to the current war say it may have occurred inside Lebanon rather than inside Israel, as Jerusalem and its American supporters insisted. So far, everyone has accepted the Israeli version of events, which, of course, may be perfectly accurate.
In Rome, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice blocked international efforts by Europe and Washington?s Arab allies to halt the war. Not since Colin Powell?s grotesque lies to the UN about Iraq has American diplomacy do debased itself. Small wonder hatred for America has reached a fever pitch across the Muslim World.
Rice also proclaimed the US was going to midwife the birth of a `new Mideast? by means of the Lebanon war. This latest absurdity comes from the same arrogant fools and rightwing ideologues that fathered the Iraq debacle.
Vice President Dick Cheney and his neocon Praetorian Guard?s true agenda was becoming clear. Israel?s attempted destruction of Hezbullah is the first step in a long-planned campaign to strip away Iran?s allies and turn Lebanon into a joint US-Israeli protectorate.
The second step will be an assault on Syria. Step three: isolating and crippling Iran by a massive bombing campaign accompanied by renewed efforts to overthrow its government.
Attacking Hezbullah also serves as the long predicted `November surprise? to boost sagging Republican fortunes in mid-term elections. The White House knows that loss of Congress, or even the Senate, might open it to criminal investigations over how it concocted the Iraq War and lied to Congress and the American people.
Americans, steeped in deep ignorance and prejudice about the Mideast, and misguided by a deeply biased media, are now being misled by the Administration that Lebanon is a `new front? in the so-called war on terrorism.
As I recently learned doing radio shows across the US, most Americans cannot distinguish between Hezbullah, al-Qaida, Taliban, the PLO, Hamas, etc All are terrorists. Listeners in rural areas of core Bush support even called in to ask me if the fighting in Lebanon was the prelude to Armageddon and the destruction of the earth. I assured them the world was not about to end, but I am not sure they were relieved by my cheery news or disappointed. Many of these fundamentalist primitives can?t wait to see those not born again be roasted, flayed alive, torn to pieces and otherwise tormented in Armageddon?s hellfires.
President Bush has failed to stop al-Qaida and can?t catch its pesky leaders who keep popping up on TV. He is now stuck in lost wars in Iraq and Afghanistan costing some $7 billion monthly. Bush?s answer: start a new crusade in Lebanon against the latest bogeyman, Hezbullah, and its Syrian and Iranian allies. War fever wins elections.
Having covered Israel?s 1980?s disastrous invasion of Lebanon, I am appalled it is again getting sucked into another bloody, dirty, pointless war there. Hezbullah, which represents a third of Lebanon?s population, won?t be defeated by bombing or limited ground assaults: it fought Israel for 18 years and won.
Hezbullah?s 3,000 tough fighters just battled Israel?s mighty armed forces to a standstill for two weeks. In fact, Hizbullah?s warriors appear to have emerged victorious from their clashes with Israel. Only ethnic cleansing southern Lebanon?s Shia?s will push back Hizbullah
Israel may have been intending to do just this, using mass bombing to terrorize Lebanese into flight, but the massacre at Qana and attacks on road traffic thwarted this plan.
Israel?s new Olmert government could have avoided the current war and Hezbullah?s rocket barrages by a low-key response to the border skirmish, some ritual artillery fire, and the usual prisoner swap.
But Olmert, and his neophyte defense minister, Amir Peretz, allowed the chief of staff, an air force general, to take charge and go destroy much of Lebanon. Olmert had to prove to Israelis he was even tougher than Ariel Sharon.
Emotions (more about this in next week?s column), not good sense or experience, guided their response. Now, Israeli soldiers are being once again sent into the Lebanese quagmire ? from which they will not easily withdraw. Olmert and Peretz have gotten Israel into a huge mess and blackened its name around the globe,
The bitter lessons of Israel?s 1980?s disaster in Lebanon are forgotten, just as the US military in Iraq forgot the lessons of Vietnam. A triumphant Hezbullah may even emerge as the victor of this battle. It has become a hero across the Muslim World and greatly enhanced the influence of its main backer, Iran. Score another fiasco for George Bush.
But the big winner in this unfolding catastrophe is Osama bin Laden.
The Iranina President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a hero, I see him caring more about the Palestinian issue the most Arabs Leaders. I admire him and pray to Allah to be on his side and guide him into Victory over Satan Israel.
Why Westerners are so Stupid, they know nothing, they are shallow in their beliefs, Wishy Washy, non of them is proud of his/her heritage. they have no Identity to fall on, they were leaders in the past, now they are follwers.