Who will Stand Up To America and Israel?

"Obama Calls
on World to `Stand Up To` North Korea"
the headline. The United States, Obama said, was
determined to protect
"the peace
and security of the world."

Shades of doublespeak, doublethink,

North Korea is a small place. China
alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the
president of the US thinks that nothing less than the
entire world is a match for North Korea.

We are witnessing the Washington
gangsters construct yet another threat like Slobodan
Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker
Lindh, Hamdi, Padilla, Sami Al-Arian, Hamas, Mahkmoud
Ahmadinejad, and the hapless detainees demonized by the
US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as
"the 700 most
dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,"
were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly
released. Just another mistake, sorry.

The military/security complex that
rules America, together with the Israel Lobby and the
financial banksters, needs a long list of dangerous
enemies to keep the taxpayers` money flowing into its

The Homeland Security lobby is
dependent on endless threats to convince Americans that
they must forego civil liberty in order to be safe and

The real question is who is going
to stand up to the American and Israeli governments?

Who is going to protect Americans`
and Israelis` civil liberties, especially those of
Israeli dissenters and Israel`s Arab citizens?

Who is going to protect
Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans, Lebanese, Iranians, and
Syrians from Americans and Israelis?

Not Obama, and not the right-wing
brownshirts that today rule Israel.

Obama`s notion that it takes the
entire world to stand up to N. Korea is mind-boggling,
but this mind-boggling idea pales in comparison to
Obama`s guarantee that America will protect
"the peace and security of the world."

Is this the same America that
bombed Serbia, including Chinese diplomatic offices and
civilian passenger trains, and pried Kosovo loose from
Serbia and gave it to a gang of Muslin drug lords,
lending them NATO troops to protect their operation?

Is this the same America that is
responsible for approximately one million dead Iraqis,
leaving orphans and widows everywhere and making
refugees out of one-firth of the Iraqi population?

Is this the same America that
blocked the rest of the world from condemning Israel for
its murderous attack on Lebanese civilians in 2006 and
on Gazans most recently, the same America that has
covered up for Israel`s theft of Palestine over the past
60 years, a theft that has produced four million
Palestinian refugees driven by Israeli violence and
terror from their homes and villages?

Is this the same America that is
conducting military exercises in former constituent
parts of Russia and ringing Russia with missile bases?

Is this the same America that has
bombed Afghanistan into rubble with massive civilian

Is this the same America that has
started a horrific new war in Pakistan, a war that in
its first few days has produced one million refugees?

"The peace and
security of the world"
? Whose world?

On his return from his consultation
with Obama in Washington, the brownshirted Israeli prime
minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that it was
Israel`s responsibility to
the "nuclear
from Iran.

What nuclear threat? The US
intelligence agencies are unanimous in their conclusion
that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program since 2003.
The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency
report that there is no sign of a nuclear weapons
program in Iran.

Who is Iran bombing? How many
refugees is Iran sending fleeing for their lives?

Who is North Korea bombing?

The two great murderous,
refugee-producing countries are the US and Israel.
Between them, they have murdered and dislocated millions
of people who were a threat to no one.

No countries on earth rival the US
and Israel for barbaric murderous violence.

But Obama gives assurances that the
US will protect
"the peace and security of the world."
And the
brownshirt Netanyahu assures the world that Israel will
save it from the
"Iranian threat."

Where is the media?

Why aren`t people laughing their
heads off?

Paul Craig Roberts [email
] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s
first term.  He was Associate Editor of the
Street Journal.  He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded
the Legion of Honor by French President Francois
Mitterrand. 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.