April 9th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Iran nuke article by Brady Kiesling

Subject:        Iran nuke article by Brady Kiesling, feel free to forward
Date:   Fri, 7 Apr 2006 14:19:35 +0300
From:   Brady Kiesling

Thwarting the Nuclear Fundamentalists
In 1998 the Hindu nationalist BJP party won the Indian parliamentary
elections. The BJP had scored points by claiming its rivals had bowed to
U.S. blackmail on nuclear testing. To fulfill its campaign promise the BJP
tested five nuclear warheads. The Pakistani government promptly followed
suit with six of its own, though the U.S. government begged it not to. The
political duty to keep up with the neighbors outweighed fear of U.S.
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Chris Keeley

How Not to Save Iraq

Subject:        How Not to Save Iraq
Date:   Sat, 8 Apr 2006 13:21:41 EDT
From:   Ray

To:      Ambassador Richard W. Murphy, Council on Foreign Relations
         Dr. Rachel Bronson, Council on Foreign Relations
         Dr. Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

Princeton, 08 April 2006

Enclosed herewith is a very important (and very disturbing) paper by
Steven Cook of the_ Council on Foreign Relations_.

    First, my own comments:   In my opinion, Steven Cook’s viewpoint
will increasingly become the standard argument employed by members of
the "Bernard Lewis school of Arab studies" to discredit every potential
policy initiative that might come out of Washington aimed at enlisting
the support of our Arab friends (and we still have a few, by some
miracle) in finding a comprehensive solution to the fast-approaching
disintegration of the Arab Middle East.
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Chris Keeley

IRISH TIMES on EU Punishment of Palestinians

Subject:        IRISH TIMES on EU Punishment of Palestinians
Date:   Sat, 08 Apr 2006 20:16:23 +0300
From:   John Whitbeck

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is an excellent article in today's IRISH TIMES on the
European Union's obscene anti-Palestinian policy, which, above and
beyond the intentional infliction of further punishment on the
long-suffering Palestinian people, seriously risks convincing Arabs and
Muslims everywhere that not just the United States but the
West/Christendom as a whole views them as sub-humans unworthy of basic
human rights, with all the ugly consequences likely to flow from that
The writer is the IRISH TIMES' Paris correspondent.
*Palestinians now being punished for choosing Hamas*
*By Lara Marlowe*


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Chris Keeley

Sidney Blumenthal -- The Tethered Goat Strategy

Subject:        Sidney Blumenthal -- The Tethered Goat Strategy
Date:   Fri, 7 Apr 2006 19:34:09 -0400
From:   John E. Marsh

I have long suspected the Bush neocon self-delusion would foster this
rot of growing disillusion and frustration within the highly competent
professional cadres of the Department of State.  The sub-title of this
piece is grimly sarcastic  --  "*/Amid an internal crisis of
credibility, Condoleezza Rice has washed her hands of her
department/*"* .   *It is the old story, with which too many of us
retired professionals are all too familiar  --  when the facts are
inconvenient and the messenger can't change them, kill the messenger.
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Chris Keeley

Ambassador John Gunther Dean on American Policy

I wish to share this informative expression which was forwarded by John

Regards,  John

*Subject:* Ambassador John Gunther Dean on American Policy Toward Palestine

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below are some thoughts on American policy toward Palestine
from Ambassador John Gunther Dean, a wonderful man and a great personal
friend who, born Jewish in Germany, cares deeply both about his adopted
homeland, the United States of America, and about justice and human decency.

/Subject : American Policy toward Palestine/

/ /

/                                        Dear friends and former

/ /

/            Having just celebrated my 80^th birthday, I feel the need
to commit to paper my outlook on the role of an American diplomat. I
should add that when I took the U.S. Foreign Service examination more
than 50 years ago, there were few naturalized citizens in the Service. I
still believe today that an American diplomat’s first obligation is to
look after U.S. long-term national interests and not to have dual
allegiance due to family ties with another country or religious
affiliations. As I repeated on several occasions before the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Committee when seeking confirmation for an
ambassadorial assignment, I always believed and was told that I
represented a secular state and that tolerance, respect for the law,
justice, fairness and perhaps compassion were qualities which Americans
like to be known for around the world. In my many years of public
services I tried to live up to these standards. I also always believed
that speaking up for the truth was essential./

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Chris Keeley

Paul Findley: "Silence of the Poodles"

Silence of the Poodles by Paul Findley
Words spoken years ago by George W. Ball, a distinguished diplomat,
author and champion of human rights, have vivid, new currency: “When
Israel’s interests are being considered, Members of Congress act like
trained poodles. They jump dutifully through hoops held by Israel’s
lobby.” In the same interview, Ball said, “The lobby’s most powerful
instrument of intimidation is the reckless charge of anti-Semitism.”
Sadly, his words ring true today, verified by my own experiences and
those of many of my colleagues in the U.S. legislature.
Ball could have added that, except for exuberant praise of Israel, the
poodles remain mute as they jump through the hoops lest they lapse into
free speech and say something that will spoil their chances for reelection.
The fear of being charged with anti-Semitism outranks all other worries
that bedevil politicians, and the lobby has marketed it so efficiently
that a wall of silence shields the American people from awareness of the
lobby’s activities and U.S. complicity in Israel’s longstanding abuse of
international law and Arab human rights, violations that the rest of the
world follows with dismay and anger. Fear of the anti-Semitism stain is
intensified these days, because the lobby has succeeded in redefining
anti-Semitism to include any criticism of Israeli behavior, an inferred
threat that prompts all major media to ignore or sanitize reports of
Israeli violations.

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Chris Keeley

Palestinian Foreign Minister's Letter to Kofi

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is the text of a letter sent to UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan by the new Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr.
Mahmoud Zahhar.

*/Palestinian National Authority/*
*/Ministry for Foreign Affairs/*
*/Minister’s Office/*

      4 April 2006
Your Excellency Kofi Annan
Secretary-General of the United Nations

At the outset of my first letter to Your Excellency, I have the pleasure
to avail myself of this opportunity to express our appreciation for your
continuous efforts and work in order to consolidate the values of
justice, equality and development and the maintenance of international
peace and security. I am also pleased to express through you our
appreciation for the role o f the United Nations and its organs and
specialized agencies in providing the necessary support to the
Palestinian people and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). In this
regard, I would like to affirm the importance of the role of the United
Nations and its historical and permanent responsibility towards the
question of Palestine until the attainment of a just and comprehensive
solution of all the issues are realized. I would also like to affirm
your important and constructive role within the Quartet in order to put
an end to the Israeli occupation, the conflict and the establishment of
a just and comprehensive peace. I address myself through this letter to
Your Excellency to work with the Quartet to initiate serious and
constructive dialogue with the PNA and its new cabinet.

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Chris Keeley


*Sent:* Friday, April 07, 2006 11:28 PM

Dear Ambassador Otte,

I am puzzled and troubled by the position adopted by the EU toward the
new Palestinian government.

If Europe wishes to receive a positive response to its demands (rather
than, as it appears from the region, simply seeking an excuse to join
the Israelis and Americans in punishing the Palestinian people for
choosing democratically a new leadership of /their/ choice rather than
of Israel's choice), surely it would make sense to specify clearly
*WHAT* Israel (i.e., within what borders) Europe is demanding be
recognized as a precondition to avoiding punishment.

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Chris Keeley


This is a very long article, but worth reading. It may convince you,
as it has me, that the inmates have now taken charge of the asylum. We
are living in a period of insanity.

Haven't read this yet but he's told me about its thrust at several
recent meets (and of course I saw the related stories in this morning's
press) and I can't believe even this cockamamie administration would be
loony enough to strike at Iran but....

Would President Bush go to war to stop Tehran from getting the bomb?
Issue of 2006-04-17
Posted 2006-04-10

The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets, and teams of American combat troops have been ordered into Iran, under cover, to collect targeting data and to establish contact with anti-government ethnic-minority groups. The officials say that President Bush is determined to deny the Iranian regime the opportunity to begin a pilot program, planned for this spring, to enrich uranium.

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