Creating people's geographies
Yep, coming after Seymour Hersh’s New Yorker article last April, the Sunday Times (London) has reported that the Likudniks plan to strike Iran (subsequently and unsurprisingly denied) and we also witness Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu finally freed after a lengthy period of house arrest (which followed 18 years in jail).
The two are connected because it was just over twenty years ago that the same newspaper broke Vanunu’s confirmation of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.
I have few words right now for the monumental stupidity and lack of ostensibly “strategic” thinking behind these putative plans. Amid the post-Ramallah raid bumbling, wherein Olmert was reportedly not informed, it was left to the two ubiquitous government spokespersons Miri Eisen and Mark Regev to issue denials of the mad bellicosity of the Israeli military, who really run the government.
Meanwhile, Ehud Barak wants a comeback, announcing he will contest the leadership of the Israeli Labour Party in May. (I’ll resist any quips about resurrections of the still comatose war criminal Ariel Sharon).
Not a great political gene-pool — we have the racist moron somehow elevated to Deputy PM, Avigdor Lieberman; the bumbling idiot PM under whom a war with Lebanon, the oPt’s worst year and a raid in Ramallah just took place unbenownst to him while he meets with the Egyptian President; and the boundless bigot Bibi or Benjamin Netanyahu, who was even recognised as such in the conservative Jerusalem Post last week, is the most popular politician in Israel.
For now, though, some impassioned online op-ed from Olbermann on “sacrifice”.
The videoclip goes for 10:54; the transcript is available at t r u t h o u t