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You can tell a man from Harvard…

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2011

“You can tell a man from Harvard,” the old saw goes, “You just can’t tell him very much.” The right-wing government of Israel must have a lot of Harvard men.

From DemocracyNow:

Israeli Diplomat Resigns over “Wrong” Foreign Policy

A veteran Israeli diplomat has resigned in protest of what he calls Israel’s “wrong” foreign policy. The diplomat, Ilan Baruch, spent more than 30 years in the Israeli government, most recently as ambassador to South Africa. Baruch says he stepped down in opposition to the occupation of Palestinian land. He also criticized Israeli government officials for longtime efforts to label opposition to Israeli polices as “anti-Semitism.”

Sadly, even Haaretz seems to have been unwilling to publish the text of the letter. The closest they got was this mealy-mouthed presentation of the resignation.

Separately, there’s this story from Robert Parry on the Egyptian and Libyan dictatorships. It goes a long way toward explaining why the US cannot seem to just do what is right in the Middle East:

The mysterious fortune of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak got an early boost from millions of dollars in cash bribes delivered by CIA-connected arms merchants in the late 1970s, according to two participants.

The two men – former CIA officers Thomas Clines and Edwin P. Wilson – said the payments helped secure an exclusive shipping contract for their Egyptian American Transport and Services Co. (EATSCO).

Wilson also claimed that President Ronald Reagan’s White House knew of the bribery and how much Mubarak and Sadat walked away with.

In that same time frame, Wilson was arrested on charges of shipping explosives to Muammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya.

Though Wilson claimed he was sent to Libya by senior CIA official Ted Shackley to spy on Gadhafi’s terrorist operations, a CIA affidavit was submitted at Wilson’s trial denying any substantive CIA contacts with Wilson after his intelligence career officially ended in 1976.

The bribery accusations from Clines and Wilson suggest that another complexity is that some of Mubarak’s money was delivered in secret cash as part of U.S. intelligence-related operations.

Though Wilson said Reagan’s White House possessed documents relating to the sums slipped to Mubarak, those records have never been made public and — if they still exist — likely remain highly classified.

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