Neo-Jacobins Push For World War IV
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me
twice, shame on me." If neoconservatives have their way,
Americans will soon be repeating this refrain.
The identical lies used to deceive
Americans about Iraq are now being recycled to justify
invading Syria and Iran.
Before exploring this fact, first
understand that there is nothing conservative about
neoconservatives. Neocons hide behind "conservative" but
they are in fact Jacobins.
Jacobins were the 18th century French
revolutionaries whose intention to remake Europe in
revolutionary France`s image launched the Napoleonic
In an outstanding article, "The
Ideology of American Empire,"
in the current issue of Orbis, Professor Claes Ryn
conclusively shows that neocons are, in truth,
neo-Jacobins. More dangerous an enemy of the US and its
traditional values than Muslims, neo-Jacobins have
seized control of the Bush presidency and US foreign
policy. They will stop at nothing to achieve their goal
of World War IV in the Middle East.
It is now absolutely certain that the
American public and President Bush were bamboozled into
invading Iraq by Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz,
Undersecretary of State John Bolton, an unsavory
assortment of lesser neo-Jacobin notables who inhabit
the higher reaches of the Bush administration, and their
neo-Jacobin allies in the Likud Party controlled media
in New York City and Washington DC.
On September 17 President Bush
confessed his folly: "We`ve had no evidence that Saddam
Hussein was involved in September 11." Yet according to
polls, a majority of Americans still believe that Iraq
was responsible for the destruction of the World Trade
Center. Whose propaganda led Americans to this utterly
An extensive search in Iraq has failed
to turn up any evidence of any weapons of mass
destruction, much less nuclear weapons. The image of
"mushroom clouds going up over American cities," which
was used to panic Congress into accepting an invasion of
Iraq, has turned out to be – as every expert knew at the
time – nothing but propaganda worthy of Heinrich Himmler
and Paul Joseph Goebbles. The fabrications about Iraq`s
intentions toward the US rival Hitler`s declaration that
Poland had attacked Germany.
Consider the implications if Saddam
Hussein really had possessed WMD – especially ones that
could be deployed in 45 minutes as asserted by British
Prime Minister Tony Blair: the entire US-British
invasion force, concentrated in a tiny area of Kuwait,
could have been destroyed by one or two weapons. If Bush
really believed Iraq had WMD, he was criminally
negligent for making sitting ducks out of our troops.
Senator Ted Kennedy is correct when he
said on September 18 that the case against Iraq was "a
fraud" made up to give Republicans a political boost. As
much as I hate to admit it, the evidence is on Senator
However, being caught red-handed in
fraud does not deter neo-Jacobins with an agenda.
Clutching firmly to their propaganda that Iraqis are
desperate to shower US troops with flowers and kisses
but are prevented by dead-enders among the Saddam
Hussein remnants, neo-Jacobins now agitate for invading
Syria and Iran.
On September 16, Undersecretary of
State John Bolton in testimony before Congress declared
Syria to be a "rogue state" armed with weapons of mass
destruction and called for "regime change."
On September 17, Assistant Secretary
of State Paula DeSutter testified to Congress that Iran
has the ability to launch missiles with biological
warheads and that Iran`s nuclear program is a genuine
threat both to the Middle East and the US.
On September 19, Paul Bremer, head of
the US occupation government in Iraq, suggested in an
interview with The Telegraph (UK) that Iran was involved
in the bombings and killings of occupational forces in
Iraq, echoing neo-Jacobin Michael Ladeen`s assertion
that the US cannot win in Iraq unless it overthrows
Here we go again. The same propaganda.
Only the targets are new.
Where will the troops come from to
invade Iran and Syria?
It is now widely known that we have
insufficient forces to pacify Iraq. The US government
has been forced to dishonor its contract with the
reserves and National Guard by forcing these weekend
soldiers to stand in for regular army troops.
Not even billions of dollars have
sufficed to bribe other governments to send their
soldiers to Iraq. Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez,
the US commander of our occupation army in Iraq, said on
September 18 that in order to protect his troops, he
would consider pulling his forces out of major Iraqi
cities the moment Iraqi security forces were prepared to
Yet, President Bush`s anti-Arab
policymakers want to greatly multiply the attacks on our
troops by inserting them into Syria and Iran!
Are the neo-Jacobins in charge of the
US government totally delusional? Are they totally
disconnected from reality? Or is this more fraud to
start two more wars before the American public wakes up
to the neo-Jacobin agenda?
The neo-Jacobins are rushing to get
America involved in a general Middle Eastern war before
Americans have time to think. The terrorist scare which
worked the first time is being employed again. Once we
have attacked other sovereign Islamic countries, we will
have to bring back the draft in order to raise the
necessary armies or resort to nuclear weapons.
If the American public falls for the
second round of neo-Jacobin propaganda, neither do they
deserve, nor will they have, liberty and democracy.
The only weapons of mass destruction
in the Middle East are Israel`s 200 nuclear warheads.
Israel has the real thing, not a mere desire for a
program that might produce a weapon in the future.
It is Israel – not Iran – who has
refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
It is Israel that occupies by force of
arms parts of Syria and Palestine. Arabs do not occupy
It is Israel that treats Palestinians
the way National Socialists treated Jews by bottling
them up in ghettos and assassinating them at will.
On September 18 President Bush
declared: "Arafat has failed as a leader." What Bush
means is that Arafat, unlike Bush, has failed to carry
out Israel`s orders. Arafat`s support in Palestine far
exceeds Bush`s support in the US or Sharon`s support in
Every day the Israelis bite off
another piece of Palestine. Arafat is a "failed leader"
because he has not led Palestinians off into the
wilderness for 40 years, the better to deliver Palestine
up to Israel.
The root of the Middle Eastern problem
is Israel`s uncanny ability to manipulate American
public opinion and US foreign policy. This unique power
means Israel doesn`t have to compromise. Instead, the
Israelis escalate and involve us ever more deeply and
one-sidedly in their disputes with Arabs.
The inability of the US to impose an
evenhanded settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is the breeding ground of terrorists.
The US invasion of Iraq has bred more
Bush`s neo-Jacobins will not be
content until they have 600 million enraged Muslims at
How did maniacs dead set on World War
IV get in control of the US government?
Dr. Roberts [send
is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political
Economy and Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover
Institution, Stanford University. He is a former
associate editor of the
Journal and a former assistant secretary of the U.S.
Treasury. He is the co-author of
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