Here we go again. James Wall, again channeling his buddies at Veterans Today, buys into bizarre conspiracy theories regarding WikiLeaks and Israel, and in the process defends the Iranians’ drive for nuclear weapons. The PCUSA’s Israel Palestine Mission Network, led by admirers of Wall and his VT friends, posted a link to it.
So here’s the deal: anti-Semitic cesspool Veterans Today has been obsessing this week over an imagined link between the WikiLeaks State Department document dump and Israel. Supposedly, Israel is behind the web site and using its “leaks” to manipulate world opinion and governments to do its nefarious bidding. No evidence necessary, of course; the accusation is more than enough proof:
There are two opinions of Wikileaks. The worlds intelligence services all, every single one, believes Wikileaks is simply an intelligence agency playing games. They say this to each other, Vladimir Putin and Zbigniew Brzezinski have announced it to the world and others are following suit.
Nobody, at least nobody typically “answerable” will say the word “Israel” but it is what they mean when they say “intelligence agency.” They mean Israel. Every Wikileak does something to help Israel in a different way at a different time. If Israel has a problem, a Wikileak is there, part of the solution. This time, Secretary Clinton was in the way and Wikileaks showed up to gut the State Department and give Israel the usual “buff and polish” job they usually do.
Read Gordon Duff’s column in its entirety. It’s nothing more than speculation driven by his hatred of Israel. Wall jumps on this conspiratorial approach and asks ominously, “Could Israel be using Wikileaks to prepare the US for an Israeli air strike against Iran?” (Cue James Bond music.) He then connects this to Iraq:
This nation is moving toward a repeat of the US rush to invade Iraq in 2003. Mass media coverage of the Wikileaks story is performing the same function the media played to make the case for the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.
I’m not sure what nation Wall lives in, but in the one I inhabit, the press has been pretty blasé about the latest from WikiLeaks, taking the line that there’s not much that’s new in terms of hard news. I really don’t know what he’s talking about in terms of some kind of Hearst-like beating of the war drums in connection with Iran–there are few voices on the right calling for such action, much less in the overwhelmingly left and center-left mainstream media. Wall goes on to quote one of his new friends:
Jeff Gates argues in Sabbah Now that Wikileaks is being used as part of Israel’s game theory warfare:
You can ignore the quote, which is fact-free (though it does include the idea that Israel “fixed” the intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to get the U.S. to invade Iraq, which is also fact-free). But who is Jeff Gates? Well, he’s a staff writer for Veterans Today. He’s suggested that Israel stages mass murder of its own citizens in order to blame it on “terrorists,”; that Israel gave nuclear technology to North Korea; referred to the Jewish people as “mythical,” etc. You know–a reliable source.
What is sobering about Gates’ argument is the reminder that the campaign to present Iran as a nuclear threat to the region duplicates the campaign waged to win US public opinion through a series of Bush-Cheney lies and deception about non-existent WMDs leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Right. The two “campaigns” are exactly the same, except that Iran refuses to help those who would defend it:
For the first time since the expansion of Iran’s nuclear program was exposed in 2002, the Iranian government is dropping the pretense that it is developing nuclear technology purely for peaceful purposes. Iran has developed nuclear war plans to deter U.S. and Israeli aggression and retaliate against it, a top adviser to Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi announced in a strategic analysis.
Defense Ministry analyst Alireza Saeidabadi’s detailed analysis, published last week on a website that Iran’s intelligence ministry runs, examines several scenarios in which Iran could become embroiled in a shooting war with the United States or Israel….
[I]n the event Israel uses unconventional weapons against Iran, “then Iran should employ a nuclear strategy.”
Similarly, if Iran and the United States get engaged in naval clashes in the Persian Gulf, Iran should “use its sea power for hit-and-run attacks, commando attacks, and use anti-shipping missiles” against U.S. naval vessels.
“But if the United States launches an unconventional attack, Iran needs to respond with a nuclear strategy,” the Iranian defense ministry analyst contends. (October 5, 2010)
Wall then goes into a weird tangent about the recently released movie Fair Game, a fantasy based on books by serial liars Joe Wilson and wife Valerie Plame, which Wall somehow thinks vindicates his conspiracy theories regarding WikiLeaks, Iran, and Israel:
We are reminded of the American pro-war enthusiasm and our public resistance to criticism of the war in the years leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, by the arrival of the movie, Fair Game, which opened in US theaters in early November.
The film’s release could not have been better timed to warn the American public of the old saying: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”.
Wilson and Plame are perfect poster children for the Walls of the world: unscrupulous self-promoters who distorted and even fabricated facts in the pursuit of their political agendas. (Even the Washington Post says that “it was long ago established that Mr. Wilson himself was not telling the truth – not about his mission to Niger and not about his wife.”) So after his side-trip to the multiplex, Wall returns to his real theme–evil Israel.
He quotes a Huffington Post column from Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, claiming that Dershowitz “writes as if it is a fact that Israel plays a major role in pushing US policy in the Middle East,” despite the fact that the quote in question says nothing of the sort. He quotes Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor, saying that WikiLeaks “it may be getting stuff at the same time from interested intelligence parties who want to manipulate the process and achieve certain very specific objectives,” a speculation without substance that proves nothing, but sounds portentous. He quotes an Iranian professor of linguistics defending his country as a harmless fuzzball while complaining that the WikiLeaks documents don’t deal with Israeli settlements or nuclear weapons.
So, to sum up: James Wall buys into the fact-free conspiracy theories of his friends at Veterans Today that Israel is behind WikiLeaks, and is using it to gin up war fever against Iran. And the IPMN apparently buys into that same lunacy.