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Roll over, George Orwell

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2007

Our bride-to-be is Al Qaida, and the marriage broker is the Iran Contra gang.

Shorter Hersh:

“In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda….

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Al Qaeda is Sunni, and many of its operatives came from extremist religious circles inside Saudi Arabia. Before the invasion of Iraq, in 2003, Administration officials, influenced by neoconservative ideologues, assumed that a Shiite government there could provide a pro-American balance to Sunni extremists, since Iraq’s Shiite majority had been oppressed under Saddam Hussein…
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The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat….
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The Pentagon consultant confirmed that hundreds of Iranians have been captured by American forces in recent months. But he told me that that total includes many Iranian humanitarian and aid workers…
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[CFR Fellow] Nasr went on, ‘The Saudis have considerable financial means, and have deep relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis’—Sunni extremists who view Shiites as apostates. ‘The last time Iran was a threat, the Saudis were able to mobilize the worst kinds of Islamic radicals. Once you get them out of the box, you can’t put them back.’ …
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The focus of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, after Iran, is Lebanon, where the Saudis have been deeply involved in efforts by the Administration to support the Lebanese government. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is struggling to stay in power against a persistent opposition led by Hezbollah, the Shiite organization, and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah….

In 2005, according to a report by the U.S.-based International Crisis Group, Saad Hariri, the Sunni majority leader of the Lebanese parliament and the son of the slain former Prime Minister—Saad inherited more than four billion dollars after his father’s assassination—paid forty-eight thousand dollars in bail for four members of an Islamic militant group from Dinniyeh. The men had been arrested while trying to establish an Islamic mini-state in northern Lebanon. The Crisis Group noted that many of the militants ‘had trained in al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.’ According to the Crisis Group report, Saad Hariri later used his parliamentary majority to obtain amnesty for twenty-two of the Dinniyeh Islamists, as well as for seven militants suspected of plotting to bomb the Italian and Ukrainian embassies in Beirut, the previous year…
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Walid Jumblatt, who is the leader of the Druze minority in Lebanon and a strong Siniora supporter, has attacked Nasrallah … Nasrallah, he said, was ‘morally guilty’ of the assassination of Rafik Hariri and the murder, last November, of Pierre Gemayel, a member of the Siniora Cabinet, because of his support for the Syrians….
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Last summer, it was reported that Israel was trying to kill Nasrallah, but the extraordinary precautions were not due only to that threat. Nasrallah’s aides told me that they believe he is a prime target of fellow-Arabs, primarily Jordanian intelligence operatives, as well as Sunni jihadists who they believe are affiliated with Al Qaeda….
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Nasrallah said he believed that President Bush’s goal was ‘the drawing of a new map for the region. They want the partition of Iraq…’.Nasrallah said he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria….Partition would leave Israel surrounded by ‘small tranquil states…’
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Iran-Contra was the subject of an informal ‘lessons learned’ discussion two years ago among veterans of the scandal. Abrams led the discussion. One conclusion was that even though the program was eventually exposed, it had been possible to execute it without telling Congress. As to what the experience taught them, in terms of future covert operations, the participants found: ‘One, you can’t trust our friends. Two, the C.I.A. has got to be totally out of it. Three, you can’t trust the uniformed military, and four, it’s got to be run out of the Vice-President’s office’—a reference to Cheney’s role, the former senior intelligence official said.”

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The irony of so much of this is beyond words:

  • Like the British, we are going to re-draw boundaries of the whole Middle East to establish peace.

  • We are using terrorists to fight our battles in the war on terror.

  • The dangerous Iranians we are arresting in Iraq are aid workers

  • The son of the guy we claimed the Syrians assassinated is actually funding Islamic radicals.

  • The Saudis want Israel, not the US, to bomb Iran. 

  • The lunatics running this asylum are the same guys who mined Corinto Harbor (judged a war crime by the rest of the world), ran deaths squad in Honduras and El Salvador, saw the Contras “the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers,” and somehow looked the other way as tons of cocaine was flown into American cities.

 What’s not to like?

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