America Is Being Set-Up For Wider War In The Middle East

The old adage, "fool me once,
shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me"
does not
apply to Americans, who have shown that they can be
endlessly fooled.

Neoconservatives deceived Americans
into an illegal attack and debilitating war in Iraq.
American neoconservatives are closely allied with
Israel`s Likud Party. In the past, some neocons lost
their security clearances because of "mishandling"
of classified information.  According to Insight
, 6/26/06), "the Pentagon has banned
security clearance to Americans with relatives in
Israel. Government sources and attorneys said the
Pentagon has sought and succeeded in removing security
clearance from dozens of Americans, mostly Jews, who
either lived, worked or have relatives in Israel."

Despite questions of dual
loyalties, neocons hold high positions in the Bush
regime.  Ten years ago these architects of American
foreign and military policy spelled out how they would
use deception to achieve "important Israeli strategic
in the Middle East.  First, they would
focus "on removing Saddam Hussein from power in
This would open the door for Israel to
provoke attacks from Hizbollah. The attacks would let
Israel gain American sympathy and permit Israel to seize
the strategic initiative by "engaging Hizbollah,
Syria, and Iran as the principal agents of aggression in

Today, this neoconservative plan is
unfolding before our eyes.  Israel has used the capture
of two of its soldiers in Lebanon as an excuse for an
all out air and naval bombardment against  Lebanese
civilian targets. However, a number of commentators have
pointed out that such a massive attack requires weeks if
not months of preparation that could not be done
overnight in response to the capture of the soldiers.

Regardless, in the first two days
of the Israeli military attack on Lebanon more than a
hundred civilians, including Canadians, have been killed
by Israeli bombs (gifts from US taxpayers).  The
International Airport in Beruit has been repeatedly
bombed, as have residential neighborhoods, roads,
bridges, ports, and power stations.  

Soldiers are a legitimate military
target.  Civilians, civilian neighborhoods, tourists and
international airports are not.  Under the Nuremberg
standard used to sentence Nazi war criminals to death,
the Israeli government is clearly guilty of war crimes.

Meanwhile the Israelis are
committing identical war crimes in Gaza. Again Israel`s
excuse is the capture of an Israeli soldier.  However,
the distinguished Israeli professor, Ran HaCohen,

that the Israeli army "had been demanding a
massive attack on Gaza long before the Israeli soldier
was kidnapped."

By blocking UN Security Council
action against Israel for its massacre of civilians in
Gaza, the Bush regime has made itself complicit in these
monstrous war crimes. Just as Germans who supported
Hitler were deemed to be complicit in his war crimes,
Americans who support Bush are complicit in Bush`s war

Hizbollah is not the Lebanese
government.  It does not rule Lebanon.  Hizbollah is the
militia organization founded in 1982 in response to
Israel`s invasion of Lebanon. Hizbollah defeated the
Israeli army and drove out the Israeli invaders six
years ago. 

According to the

, Hizbollah leader Hassan Nassrallah said that
the two Israeli soldiers "were captured to pressure
Israel to release the thousands of Palestinian prisoners
in its jails,"
especially the women and children.

The BBC also notes that although
Hizbollah operates "from Lebanese territory and the
militant group has two ministers in the Lebanese
government, central government is almost powerless to
influence the militant group."
[Note that the BBC
applies the loaded word "militant" to Hizbollah
but not to Israel.]  Hizbollah, reports the BBC, "is
also very popular in Lebanon and highly respected for
its political activities, social services and its
military record against Israel."

The Prime Minister of Lebanon, who
was installed with President Bush`s approval when Syria,
under Bush`s pressure, recently withdrew its troops from
Lebanon, has twice appealed to Bush to pressure Israel
to stop its criminal attacks.  Our great moral
democratic Christian leader has twice rebuffed the
appeal from the legal representative of the Lebanese
people.  Instead, Bush is willingly going along with the
1996 neocon script.  Bush is laying the blame on Syria
and Iran, exactly as the neocon script calls for him to

Bush demands that Syria "stop Hizbollah attacks,"

he forgets that he was the one who forced Syria out of
Lebanon (to enable Israel to attack Lebanon).  If
Americans were attentive, they would be ashamed to
witness "their" president as Israeli

Fox "news," CNN and the rest
of the Bush propaganda ministry are echoing the lie that
innocent Israel is under attack from the "terrorist
of Syria and Iran through their surrogate,
Hizbollah.  Americans, who are sick of the Iraq
occupation and want the troops home, are being fooled
again and set up for wider war in the Middle East.  

Evangelical "Christians" are
part of the propaganda show.  Three thousand of them
under the lead of the

Rev. John C. Hagee,
are heading to Washington for a

"Washington/Israel summit"
to demand, needlessly, that the neocon
Bush regime show "stronger support for Israel."  

It is difficult to see how Bush
could show any stronger support without using the US
military to assist Israel in its attacks, which is, of
course, what the "Christian" Rev. Hagee intends
when he declares: "There`s a new Hitler in the Middle
East [
he doesn`t mean Bush or Olmert].  The only
way he will be stopped will be by a pre-emptive military
strike in Iran."

Present at Rev. Hagee`s
"Washington/Israel Summit"
will be Israell`s former
Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, Israeli
Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, and the Republican National
Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, along with Republican
Senators Sam Brownback and Rick Santorum and the Rev.
Jerry Falwell and Gary Bauer. 

The American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, the most powerful lobby in Washington,
expressed its thanks to Rev. Hagee for demonstrating
"the depth and breadth of American support"
Israel. Recently, AIPAC has been under investigation as
a suspected nest for Israeli spies.

David Brog, former chief of staff
for Republican Senator Arlen Specter, has gone to work
for Rev. Hagee.  Brog, who is Jewish, says he works for
Hagee`s evangelical enterprise because "we`re
bringing into a pro-Israel camp millions of Christians
who love Israel and giving them a political voice. 
Israel`s enemies are our enemies, and this group
instinctively understands that."
  Brog goes on to
say that Hagee`s evangelicals understand that they are
not supposed to talk about Jesus, only about saving
Israel: "Christians who work with Jews in supporting
Israel realize how sensitive we are in talking about
Jesus. They realize it will interfere with what they are
trying to do."

Gentle reader, is this an admission
that evangelicals have set aside Jesus for war?  Do
these bloody-minded evangelicals really believe they
will be wafted to Heaven for helping Israel involve the
US in more war?  Have evangelicals forgotten that "an
eye for an eye"
is Old Testament.  "Turn the
other cheek"
is New Testament.

On July 14, Reuters reported that
alone among Christians, the
"Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon."

Whose delusion is the greatest–the
evangelical "rapture" delusion, the neocon
delusion about American power, or the Zionist delusion? 
The three together mean disaster for America, Israel and
the world.

One of the great
evangelical/Zionist/neocon myths is that "tiny
armed with 200 nuclear weapons is threatened
by Muslim Middle Eastern countries.  In actual fact,
Egypt and Pakistan, which have the bulk of the Middle
Eastern Muslim population, are ruled by American
puppets.  Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the oil emirates are
totally dependent on US protection and, thereby, are
also under the American thumb. Iran is Persian, not
Arab, and has no common borders with Israel.  Hizbollah
was created when Israel tried to seize Lebanon in 1982.
Hamas is a Palestinian response to the atrocities
Palestinians have suffered for a half century at
Israel`s hands. 

Israel`s land-stealing policy is
the source of Middle Eastern instability.  America is
hated, because American money and weapons are what
enable Israel to steal Palestine from Palestinians.  

As numerous Middle East experts
have pointed out, what is decried as "Arab terrorism
against Israel"
is, in fact, the only tactic Muslims
have for calling the world`s attention to the plight of
the Palestinians, about which Americans are generally

It is absurd for Bush to condemn
Syria for not behaving as an American puppet and for not
fighting Israel`s battles by taking on Hizbollah. Syria
and Iran (and Iraq prior to the US invasion) are the
only Middle Eastern countries independent of American
control. It is far beyond the boundaries of reason and
morality to expect these two remaining independent
countries to give up their independence in order to
enable Israel to steal Palestine and southern Lebanon. 

It is the refusal of Syria and Iran
(and Saddam Hussein`s Iraq) to stand with Israel against
Palestine that has targeted them for American attack. 
Neocons have total control of US foreign policy in the
Bush regime, and they have morphed US strategic
interests into Israel`s.  

As the neoconservative architects
of Bush`s wars revealed in 1996, their concern lies with

"Israeli strategic objectives."



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.