AIPAC Lobbies for War on Syria + Stop AIPAC!

Stephen Lendman

Obama continues what Bush began. He wants another US colony. He wants an Israeli rival removed.

Previous articles discussed the Israeli Lobby's rage for war on Syria. AIPAC and 50 other Zionist organizations endorse it. They threaten world peace. They want Israeli interests served. Ravaging and destroying Syria does so. Much greater stakes are involved.

Syria is prelude to attacking Iran. It's Israel's prime target. Washington wants subservient pro-Western governance replacing its sovereign independence.

On September 3, AIPAC headlined "Press Statement on Syrian Resolution," saying:

"AIPAC urges Congress to grant the President the authority he has requested to protect America’s national security interests and dissuade the Syrian regime's further use of unconventional weapons."

"The civilized world cannot tolerate the use of these barbaric weapons, particularly against an innocent civilian population including hundreds of children."

"Simply put, barbarism on a mass scale must not be given a free pass."

"This is a critical moment when America must also send a forceful message of resolve to Iran and Hezbollah - both of whom have provided direct and extensive military support to Assad."

"The Syrian regime and its Iranian ally have repeatedly demonstrated that they will not respect civilized norms."

"That is why America must act, and why we must prevent further proliferation of unconventional weapons in this region."

"America's allies and adversaries are closely watching the outcome of this momentous vote. This critical decision comes at a time when Iran is racing toward obtaining nuclear capability."

"Failure to approve this resolution would weaken our country's credibility to prevent the use and proliferation of unconventional weapons and thereby greatly endanger our country’s security and interests and those of our regional allies."

"AIPAC maintains that it is imperative to adopt the resolution to authorize the use of force, and take a firm stand that the world’s most dangerous regimes cannot obtain and use the most dangerous weapons."

A same day statement headlined "AIPAC's position on the Authorization of Force in Syria," saying:

"AIPAC has been closely monitoring the war in Syria for the past two years."

"We have been deeply concerned about the impact the war has had on American national security interests, the danger it has posed to Israel and regional stability, and the growing influence of Iran. Moreover, we have been appalled by the inhumane actions of the Assad regime."

"The chemical weapons attack by Assad’s forces on August 21 escalated the dangers posed by this conflict to new heights."

"Secretary Kerry on August 30 announced that Syrian forces poisoned more than 1,400 individuals, including at least 400 children. The use of these weapons poses an extremely serious risk of further mass atrocities."

"AIPAC will be lobbying in favor of Congress authorizing the President to use military force in Syria. We need your help to persuade members of the Senate and House to join Speaker Boehner, House Majority Leader Cantor, House Democratic Leader Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Hoyer, and many others in both chambers, in support of this bipartisan resolution."

"We believe that Congress' failure to grant the President this authority would be interpreted as a sign of American weakness, and cast doubt about whether America will act to carry out its commitments in the Middle East - including the President’s and Congress' pledge to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."

"(W)e strongly believe that Congress should grant the President the authority he has requested to protect America's national security interests, dissuade Damascus' further use of these weapons and send a message to Iran about our commitment to preventing the proliferation of WMDs."

On August 29, AIPAC headlined "Editorial: Syria Proves Urgency to Stop Iran," saying:

"As Israel prepares its citizens for the possible ramifications of a chemical attack from Syria, the United States must consider potentially catastrophic ramifications if Iran, who is actively backing Assad, acquires a nuclear weapons capability."

"While Assad has already thrust his country into turmoil and instability, the worst possible outcome for the Middle East would be an Iranian regime equipped with the world’s most dangerous weapon."

"An effective Western response to Assad’s belligerent use of chemical weapons - and any military action to deter him from using them again - would be jeopardized even further by Syria's dictator operating under the umbrella of a nuclear Iran."

"(T)he urgency of stopping Iran's nuclear ambitions is paramount. We cannot allow Assad to operate with the support of his greatest ally in Tehran backed by a nuclear weapons capability."

"Now is the time to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime." America must act "quickly and measurably," said AIPAC."

On September 7, Reuters headlined "Pro-Israel US lobbying group sets major push for Syria action," saying: AIPAC "will deploy hundreds of activists next week to win support in Congress for" war on Syria.

Senate members may vote by midweek. House leaders haven't yet scheduled a vote. It could come soon after the Senate acts. This week appears crucial. Obama plans a 9/11 eve anniversary nationally televised address. He deplores peace. He's selling war. He'll claim otherwise. He'll pretend only token strikes are planned. He intends shock and awe madness. He plans mass killing and destruction.

Doing so could come any time. He may order it with or without congressional authorization.

Doing so will violate fundamental international law provisions. Only the Security Council can authorize war. Any other way is lawless. It doesn't matter.

Obama wants war. One way or another he intends to launch it. False flags are pretexts to do so. They're a longstanding US tradition. Falsely blaming Syria for the August 21 suburban Damascus toxic chemical attack is the latest example. Doing so was a Big Lie. It was an anti-Assad provocation. It was a classic false flag.

Notable earlier ones go back to the 19th century. A previous article discussed them. They're relevant now. They bear repeating.

In 1845, America lawlessly annexed Texas. It was Mexican territory. President James Polk deployed US troops. A future president led them. General Zachary Taylor paraded them along the disputed border. In May 1846, Polk told cabinet officials that if Mexican forces retaliated, he'd ask Congress to declare war. He wanted it whether or not Mexico attacked. After an incident occurred, Polk told Congress: "Mexico has passed the boundary of the US and shed American blood on American soil." The Mexican War followed. Half of Mexico was annexed. Included were California, Utah, Nevada, as well as parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming and Colorado. The Rio Grande became the Texas-Mexico border.

In 1898, Cubans neared freeing themselves from Spanish colonial rule. US President William McKinley promised to respect its sovereignty. In January 1898, the USS Maine entered Havana harbor. Allegedly it was to protect US Consul Fitzhugh Lee and other American citizens. On February 15, a huge explosion sank the Maine. Doing so killed 266 crew members. The Spanish-American war followed. At the time, publisher William Randolph Hearst hyped the Big Lie. He claimed Spain sunk the Maine. An internal coal bunker explosion caused it. Notably Hearst told his Havana illustrator: "You furnish the pictures, and I'll furnish the war." Big lies launch them. Doing so enlists public support. America became Cuba's colonial power. The Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and other territories were annexed.

In May 1915, a German U-boat sank the Lusitania. It carried US munitions. It did so for Britain. Over 100 Americans on board died. US newspapers expressed outrage. Congress authorized increasing US military forces. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was reelected after pledging: "He Kept Us Out of War." Straightaway he planned US involvement. The Lusitania incident and British allegations about Germany seeking to ally with Mexico to regain lost territory were used advantageously. In April 1917, Wilson established the Committee on Public Information (CPI or Creel Committee). It operated through August 1919. Its mission was enlisting public support for war. Undermining opposition sentiment was essential. It succeeded. He turned pacifist Americans into raging German haters. Propaganda worked as intended. Wilson got the war he wanted.

Franklin Roosevelt manipulated Japan to attack Pearl Harbor. Doing so let him wage war. He had to convince Congress and a pacifist public to go along. What better way than by manufacturing terror. Japan's fleet was tracked across the Pacific. Pearl Harbor's Admiral HE Kimmel wasn't warned. He was denied intelligence. Waging war demanded mass casualties. WW II followed.

Complicit with Washington, numerous 1949/1950 South Korean cross-border incursions provoked Pyongyang's June 1950 response. Truman got the war he wanted.

In 1962, Kennedy rejected a proposed US Joint Chiefs of Staff false flag. Operation Northwoods was part of a covert anti-Castro scheme. Called Operation Mongoose, a document titled "Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba" explained. Plans included assassinating Cuban Americans, manufacturing fake "Communist Cuban terror" in US cities, shooting down one or more US commercial airliners, blowing up a US ship in Cuban waters, attacking Guantanamo, and blaming Castro as reason for war.

Full-scale war against North Vietnam followed the fake August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Doing so authorized war without declaring it.

In October 1983, US forces invaded Grenada. Allegedly it was to rescue American medical students. Operation Urgent Fury's mission reflected US imperialism, Cold War politics, and replacing the leftist New Jewel Movement government with a pro-Western one.

In December 1989, manufactured incidents precipitated America's Panama invasion. Former US ally Manuel Noriega was deposed. At issue was forgetting who's boss. Operation Just Cause killed thousands. Crimes of war and against humanity included mass murder, indiscriminate destruction, extrajudicial assassinations, illegal weapons use, and arbitrary detentions. Pro-US stooge Guillermo Endara replaced Noriega.

In August 1990, Washington colluded with Kuwait's al-Sabah monarchy. Saddam Hussein was entrapped to invade. In January 1991, the Gulf War followed. Over two decades of sanctions, war, occupation, and destruction of the cradle of civilization followed.

9/11 is the Big Lie of our time. Compelling evidence discredits official falsehoods. They launched over a decade of imperial wars. They did so against Afghanistan, Iraq, parts of Pakistan, Libya, Syria, and Palestine allied with Israel. They initiated numerous proxy wars. They feature homeland ones against Muslims, Latino immigrants, other people of color and working Americans.

Obama continues what Bush began. He has lots more death and destruction in mind. He wants Syria ravaged and destroyed. He wants another US colony. He has much greater aims in mind. He wants an Israeli rival removed. He wants a valued Russian ally eliminated. He wants Iran isolated. He wants Shah era harshness reinstated. He wants another regional vassal state. He wants it replacing the Islamic Republic. He wants control of Iran's oil, gas and other resources. He wants Iranians ruthlessly exploited. AIPAC and 50 other Zionist organizations threaten world peace. So does Obama. He has megalomaniacal ambitions. He may destroy humanity pursuing them.

Stopping him matters most. The alternative is too potentially catastrophic to risk. A universal red line must be drawn. Now's the time to do it. No more advancing America's imperium! No more spurning peace! No more war! No more lawless aggression! No more mass killing and destruction! No more what most people oppose! No more risking humanity's survival!

Organized people can beat imperial warmakers! It bears repeating! Now's the time to do it!

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Stephen Lendman

AIPAC's a weapon of mass destruction. It fronts for Israel's worst crimes. It promotes war. It threatens world peace. It menaces humanity's survival. It operates extrajudicially. It's an unregistered foreign agent. It represents the worst of Israeli interests. It controls US administrations and Congress. It buys politicians like toothpaste.

Stopping its ruthlessness matters most. So does exposing its lawless agenda. Few in Congress dare confront it. Doing so is a career-ender. AIPAC has virtual decision making authority over war and peace. It assures whatever Israel wants it gets. It spuriously rails against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

It maliciously calls Iran "the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capability."

It calls Hezbollah and Hamas its "proxy armies." It falsely calls them terrorist organizations. It does so malevolently.

AIPAC is a world class menace. It proliferates lies and hate. It deplores peace. It promotes war. Stopping it matters most.

"Stop AIPAC" activists do so. They oppose war. They endorse peace and justice. They "encourage debate about US policy." They "discredit false perception(s) that AIPAC speaks for most Americans or any particular ethnic group." They condemn "militarism, occupation and empire." They want "just and peaceful foreign policy" replacing them. They want it "based on fairness and international law." They want US resources used responsibly. They want them used "to support real human needs at home and abroad." They "oppose all forms of racism." They're against destructive efforts to scapegoat targeted ethnic, religious or other groups to benefit favored ones. Their agenda is clear and unequivocal, saying:

"We support US policies that uphold international law and oppose those that are contrary to it."

"We abhor and condemn all acts of violence committed by the State of Israel against Palestinian civilians, and by Palestinian groups against Israeli civilians."

"We recognize the right of all peoples to live in safety and security."

"We support the use of nonviolent resistance and believe that all parties in a conflict are obligated to respect human life and dignity."

"We recognize that it is the special responsibility of an occupying power, as the most powerful party and often the only one with significant armed forces, to act in conformity with its moral and legal obligations and ensure its power is not misused."

"All signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention, including Israel and the US, acknowledge this responsibility."

"Accordingly, we hold that the US must oppose all Israeli actions and policies that violate international law, including but not limited to:

• occupation of territories acquired by force of arms or coercion;
• alteration of the legal, physical or demographic status of occupied territories;
• denial of collective social rights, including normal economic, political and educational activity and freedom of movement;
• violations of human rights, including assassinations, imprisonment without charges, torture, denial of habeas corpus, collective punishment, and destruction of homes, orchards, farmland, and other property;
• denial of equal protection under the law, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity; and
• denial of refugee rights, including the right of return."

"We further affirm that US foreign aid must not support or facilitate the violation of international law by its recipients, including Israel, and must be curtailed or stopped completely if the recipient engages in a pattern of human rights violations."

Stop AIPAC takes dead aim against the organization's viciousness. It wants it brought "to its knees." It believes changing US foreign policy is vital. It wants international law upheld unequivocally. It welcomes likeminded activists for peace, equity and justice for all joining in the most vital struggle of our time.

A separate article discussed AIPAC urging war on Syria. Along with 50 other Zionist organizations, it's lobbying Congress to do so. It's prelude to targeting Iran. AIPAC wants all regional Israeli rivals eliminated. War is its option of choice. Confronting its destructive agenda matters most. At stake is world peace.

On September 3, the Washington Post headlined "Pro-Israel and Jewish groups strongly back military strike against Syria."

On Tuesday, 51 Zionist organizations urged war. They're pressuring "reluctant lawmakers to authorize" doing so. Their position ups the stakes. It heightens "the debate over how to respond to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians," said WaPo. It initiates "a robust lobbying effort on Capitol Hill." AIPAC's in the lead. So is the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO). They called for "bipartisan consensus," said WaPo. They want war. They're going all out to prevent Congress from going wobbly against it.

The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Ravaging and destroying Syrian Republic isolates Iran. It's Israel's prime target. Washington wants the Islamic Republic destroyed. Diabolical war plans were readied years ago. They could be implemented any time.

They reflect madness. It doesn't matter. Waging war on humanity is longstanding US policy. Potential catastrophic annihilation is threatened.

Stopping what can't be tolerated matters most. Stop AIPAC! Stop CPMAJO! Stop Capitol Hill hawks for war! Stop media scoundrels supporting it! Do it at the most perilous time in world history!

Anti-war activism today is more important than ever! The stakes are too great to ignore! It that's not motivation enough to act, what is?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He has devoted his time and efforts to progressive causes and organizations, all involved in working for a more humane and just world for all people everywhere, but especially for the most needy, disadvantaged and oppressed. His efforts since summer 2005 have included writing on a broad range of vital topics ranging from war and peace; social, economic and political equity for all; and justice for all the oppressed peoples of the world like the long-suffering people of Haiti and the Palestinians. He also co-hosts The Global Research News Hour, gives occasional public talks, and appears frequently on radio and at times television. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization. Also visit his blog and listen to The Lendman News Hour on Monday - Friday at 10AM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on world and national issues. All programs are archived for easy listening. His new book "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War" can be ordered HERE. He can be reached at



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