Saturday, February 19, 2005

Neo-Cons and Israeli Lobby Declare War on Putin by Michael Collins Piper of American Free Press

Final Judgment author and American Free Press correspondent, Michael Collins Piper,
sends Mark Dankof of BATR his latest take on the Neo-Con/Israeli Lobby declaration
of war on Vladimir Putin.

Neo-Cons, Israeli Lobby Declare War on Putin

By Michael Collins Piper
Author of "Final Judgment: The Mossad Role in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy"
and "The High Priests of War"
Correspondent for American Free Press

America’s neo-conservative elite and their collaborators in the pro-Israel lobby
in Washington have fired a first shot in the opening guns of a new
Cold War being launched against Russian Premier Vladimir Putin.

Although it hasn’t been reported widely in the America mass media, Senators John
McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), two of the Israeli
lobby’s leading congressional stalwarts, introduced a resolution in the Senate
on February 19, condemning Putin and urging President Bush to push
for suspending Russia’s membership in the G-8 group of industrial nations.

Latching on to the president’s emphatic declaration in his January 20 inaugural
address of a new global campaign by the United States for the
promotion of "democracy." Lieberman announced that "President Putin’s assault on
democracy in Russia violates the spirit of the industrialized
democracies and the letter of Russia’s obligations to the Group of Eight. We
must openly confront anti-democratic backsliding in Russia for the sake of
all those who look to the United States as a beacon for freedom." The resolution
was designed to put President Bush on the spot, coming just as
President Bush was preparing for his scheduled meeting with Putin in Slovakia on
February 24.

The motivation for the effort by the neo-conservatives and their congressional
spokesmen to undermine Putin is quite clear, inasmuch as Putin
recently challenged Bush and Israel by daring to say publicly that he (Putin)
does not believe that Iran is seeking to building nuclear weapons of
mass destruction.

Although the burgeoning hostility against Putin by the neo-conservatives has
been widely hashed over in small-circulation pro-Israel publications
and American Jewish community newspapers on a regular basis, it has only been of
recent date that mainstream publications such as The
Washington Post and and The New York Times, to name the most prominent, have
begun to echo those concerns about Putin, almost as if the big
name dailies were taking the lead from the other journals. Increasingly,
however, the word that "Putin is a possible enemy" is now being breached to
the average American, through the outlets of the mass media.

Although Russia joined the G-8 nations (which includes Britain, Canada, Japan,
France, Italy and Germany) in 2002, the companion resolutions in
the Senate and the House ask the president to enlist the other G-8 countries to
join with the United States in suspending Russia’s G-8 membership
until such time as President Bush decides that Russia is supposedly committed to
so-called "democratic principles."

This is the second time that McCain and Lieberman introduced such a measure,
although their last effort, in 2003, failed in committee. At that time,
two other members of Congress, California Reps. Tom Lantos—a Democrat—and
Christopher Cox—a Republican—introduced a companion
resolution in the House of Representatives which reached the House floor, but it
was never voted upon.

Reflecting on the fact that the media was increasingly promoting hostility to
Putin, American Free Press noted on October 25, 2004 that the media’s
primary concern about Putin stems from the fact that he has been moving against
the handful of billionaire plutocrats in Russia (many of whom also
hold Israeli citizenship) who grabbed control of the Russian economy with the
open-connivance of then-Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, following the
collapse of the old Soviet Union.

One American hard-line pro-Israel publication, The New Republic, raised the
question on September 24, 2004: "Is Russia going fascist?" asserting
that whether Putin personally remains in power or not, there is a growing
movement "nationalist" in nature—that holds great sway among the Russian
population. TNR expressed concern that "a fascist revolution" could be in the
offing, meaning a movement hostile to the Israeli oligarchs (with
international criminal connections) who rule the Russian economic scene. Likewise,
much earlier, in his 1995 book, Russia: A Return to Imperialism,
Boston-University-based Israeli academic Uri Ra’anan sounded the concern that
post-Soviet Russia may pose a threat to the West.

These works echo such writers as Jonathon Brent and Vladimir Naumov who, in
their 2003 book, Stalin’s Last Crime, published evidence that
longtime Soviet leader Josef Stalin was almost certainly murdered in 1953 after
he began moves toward exorcising Zionist influence in Soviet circles
of power. They concluded by saying that "Stalin is a perpetual possibility,"
leaving open the theoretical proposition that Putin, or other would-be
Russian leaders, may ultimately emerge as heir to Stalin’s anti-Zionist legacy.

Essentially, with the American neo-conservatives (whose ideological godfathers
are widely known as admitted ex-Trotskyite communists) now
moving against Putin, it is as if we are seeing a rejuvenation of the war
against Russian nationalism by the Trotskyites, retooled for 21st century
geopolitical considerations. Now—unlike in the first half of the 20th century
prior to the founding of the state of Israel—the central role of that Middle
East state in the neo-conservative worldview cannot be understated, for the
concern about Israel is a front-line consideration in the neo-conservative
campaign against Putin.


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