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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph


March 11, 2012

I was not impressed at all with the Israeli Prime Minister Benji Netanyahu’s address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] Annual Policy Conference.

Netanyahu came to Washington for two reasons: (A), Secure presidential pardon for the convicted Jewish spy, Johnaton Pollard and (B), enlist U.S. comittment to bomb Iran. While US mainstream news media gave his rhetoric about Iran extensive coverage, non mentioned about his request of Pollard’s release, whom Natenyahu visited in 2002. The release of Pollard was reported by Israeli daily Ynet. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst before being convicted of spying for Israel and who is serving a life sentence.

According to 16 US intelligence agencies and IAEA inspectors, Iran has no nukes, but Israel does. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Israel (with nuclear weapons) refuses to sign and refuses to allow AEIA inspectors into their nuclear facility.

This begs the question, why is it Iran–and not Israel–that is being subjected to strangling sanctions? Iran has never threatened Israel, America, or any of its neighbors, whereas Israel is threatening to bomb Iran every day and has a long history of attacking and invading many Arab countries. Israel is now making life a hell on earth for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem as I write this. Where is the outrage, threats of sanctions and the calls for Israel to adhere to the rules of civilized nations?

Thankfully, this time president Obama stood his ground and showed this arrogant and ungrateful guest some back bone. Netanyahoo (by all appearances) left America empty-handed . He did however succeeded, as Dr. Hassan El-Najjar, the editor of Aljazeerah.info put it, “Netanyahu succeeded to put the illegal Jewish settlements and the theft of Palestinian lands on the back burner.”

If I had to rate Benji’s barking–heretofore known as his ‘speech’ at the AIPAC conference, it deserves about a 3 out of 10. Dull, boorish, and completely uninspired. He was so overconfident in his actions, yet the words he spoke were plainly unconvincing. In general, it was a bad performance, and even from this experienced dramatist.

I believe his demeanor throughout his speech will damage his likeability even amongst the faithful crowds at these AIPAC soirees. He showed us an ego that even the great hall couldn’t contain, the two body guards only reinforced that notion. The way he leaned on the podium and held those 2 letters aloft, revealed a sloppy and overconfident speaker. I will give him credit for begging for assistance without really needing to say it, as all the Congress know what he came for and will certainly appease AIPAC.

Then the section about walking like a duck and quacking like a duck, and pushing the audience to engage in the final ‘it must be a duck’ was very tacky and strange for a supposed statesman. He seemed intoxicated with power. No one should support a man like this, in truth, because he is only a deluded beggar with nuclear weapons, pushing a foreign state to sacrifice their citizens for war. This isn’t about their survival, it’s about the Clean Break strategy that has been implemented decades ago. Many doubt the seriousness of Netanyahu since those who make threats usually do not plan to excute or even are unable to.

His real objective is to request the American war machine to do his bidding through his congressional proxies. If this is the type of speech that excites the Pro-Israel crowd, they are a sad lot indeed.

AIPAC speaks only for Israel, not for Jews and not for America. AIPAC calls for war and not for diplomacy-one more war for Israel. A dirty and disastrous war for all. A war that neither they nor their children will be fighting. Red-blooded Americans should be screaming; no more dirty wars for Israel.



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Marines change recruiting pitch to include ‘humanitarian’ missions

U.S. Marine Corps ad


After a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps is tweaking its recruiting pitch to emphasize not just combat prowess but also the Marines’ involvement in humanitarian missions.

A new 60-second television commercial, “Toward the Sounds of Chaos,” is set to make its debut on ESPN during Saturday’s Big 12 championship basketball game. A shortened version will be shown in theaters. Similarly themed materials will be deployed to social media sites and recruiters’ offices.

Filmed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, the commercial reinforces the Marines’ image as a fighting force ready to confront  America’s enemies  “at a moment’s notice.” But it also subtly suggests that the Marines are equally ready to help when disaster, natural or man-made, strikes.

The same message is delivered more overtly on the Marine Corps website, which includes mini-videos of Marines in earthquake-stricken Haiti and tsunami-ravaged Japan. (There’s also a video of Marines fighting Taliban in Afghanistan.)

The television commercial and other materials are the result of polling and research done by advertising firms that produce the Marine Corps’ recruiting materials: J. Walter Thompson and Hill-Knowlton Strategies, both headquartered in New York. The Marine Corps has an annual advertising budget of approximately $100 million.

The Marines found that the patriotic lure of joining a military force that prides itself on being “first to fight” remains strong among a segment of American youth.

But a second philosophy has emerged among young people who admire the U.S. military but are equally attracted to the chance to be involved in humanitarian missions as they are the chance to fight against terrorists.  Emphasizing the humanitarian missions could persuade those potential recruits to choose the Marine Corps rather than college, Marine leaders hope.

The new commercial  is meant to emphasize to the target audience — young people from 17 to 24 years old — that “it is going to be a chaotic future with a lot of unknowns,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

“As we wind down in Afghanistan,” Osterman said, “we want to answer the question:  ‘Is the Marine Corps still an exciting place to be?’ The answer is obviously yes.”

Marines are seen hurrying ashore from landing craft as Marine jets and helicopters soar overhead. Screaming can be heard, including a woman calling for help. In the background is a dark cloud, symbolizing the unknown, said Marshall Lauck, director of the Marine account at J. Walter Thompson.

“When the time comes, we’re the first to move toward the sound of tyranny, injustice and despair,” says the narrator. Trucks with boxes labeled “AID” come off landing craft and are rapidly driven inland.

While the scenario in the commercial is scripted — including the dark smoke and screaming — the people are authentic.

“All Marines, no actors,” Lauck said.

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