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As Neil Mackay shows, Bush's neocon advisors planned for the United States to eliminate Iraq and take over the Middle East even before Bush's election. Especially note this:

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: 'The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

Of course, the Likudniks in Israel had considered the need to overthrow the existing governments in the Middle East since the early 1980s: destabilizing the entire Middle East as a precondition for expelling the Palestinians. Such proposals, including Palestinian population removal, were outlined in an article by Oded Yinon entitled "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s," which appeared in the World Zionist Organization's periodical Kivunim in February 1982. The article called for Israel to bring about the dissolution and fragmentation of the Arab states into a mosaic of ethnic groupings. Israeli foreign policy expert Yehoshafat Harkabi critiques that position in his very significant work, Israel's Fateful Hour (1988). Harkabi believed that Israel did not have the power to achieve her goal. He did not seem to realize that Israel could gain control of the U.S. foreign policy.

In 1996, Richard Perle coauthored a paper, "A clean break: a new strategy for securing the realm," which was intended as a political blueprint for the incoming government of Binyamin Netanyahu. Published in 1996 by an Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, the paper set out a plan whereby Israel would "shape its strategic environment," beginning with the removal of Saddam Hussein and the installation of a Hashemite monarchy in Baghdad.

In short, the removal of Israel's Middle East enemies has been a long-standing Likudnik goal. Likudniks (Sharonists) now control the foreign policy of the United States. The atrocities of September 11 provided the pretext to implement Israel's strategy. You might recall that Israeli spies seem to have been linked to the events of September 11. See my "The Israeli spy ring and September 11" and "September 11 and the war in Palestine."

Was it all just luck that the atrocities of September 11 provided the pretext for implementing a long-standing Israeli policy? As I recall, the boys over at Mossad have a favorite saying: "There is no such thing as luck."

September 21, 2002

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