Excerpts – Dialog among Civilizations: Between a Pooka Rabbit and Zahir Ebrahim

EXCERPTS (page 13)

Was I just being delusional, given that my best friend is a 7 ft. tall Pooka Rabbit that no one else can see, or were the perspectives of history and a bit of rational commonsense trying to teach a lesson before it was too late – one day at a time? A time to act? But act how? The whole world was and is fighting the “war on terrorism” against the “Islamic evil jihadis” that President Bush says “I don’t think you can win it” (see interview here39).

But they must persist in fighting it precisely in the same way to create more of it, until the new détente arrives on the Grand Chessboard as predicted by Brzezinski that it invariably shall, when the World War IV will indeed miraculously vanish into a new multi-polar world, once again effectively stalemating each other with ‘MAD’ness! His shrewd wisdom of realpolitik from his book explains how to make the “sustained exercise abroad of genuinely imperial power” congenial to the palate of a “populist democracy” in order “to perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer” as its only window of opportunity:

.“It is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation. Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is defense spending), and the human sacrifice (casualties even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization…. Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat… More generally, cultural change in America may also be uncongenial to the sustained exercise abroad of genuinely imperial power. That exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.” (Zbigniew Brzezinski in “The Grand Chessboard”, New York, Basic Books, 1997)

Indeed, “That exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment” to keep fighting a perpetual war, namely, against “radical Islam” and the “evil jihadis”. The latter will very likely be made to magically disappear and dismissed as some inconsequential “stirred up Moslems” once again when the geostrategic imperatives have been achieved, just as they were magically conjured up to win World War III by the CIA to start with!

Brzezinski, or perhaps his venerable ghost will proudly appear in the year 2038, and will once again glibly claim:

‘Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. What is most important to the history of the world? Some stirred-up Moslems or the conquest of Eurasia and its natural wealth and stalemating China at the end of the war on terrorism? It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.’ (Noted by a future historian in 2038 at the conclusion of World War IV)

The following is what Zbigniew Brzezinski had confessed ten years after the conclusion of World War III, in 1998 in an interview:

‘B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?’ (Interview of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski on CIA’s covert Intervention in Afghanistan in 1979 – given to the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21, January 1998, see here40)

And the world will merely spectate on in 2038, just as it did in 1998 when the covert operation that led to the destruction of Afghanistan as a consequence of “giving to the USSR its Vietnam war” at the mere expense of “some stirred-up Moslems” was revealed. The new generation of erudite scholars will hurriedly compose their distant remorseless histories of faits accomplis of how the ‘world was craftily won’ as the desired stratagem on the Grand Chessboard was trivially purchased with the tabula rasa of innocent peoples who did all the suffering and dying for the “Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives” of the handful of ‘Hectoring Hegemons‘ in Washington:

.“… the U.S. Policy goals must be un-apologetically twofold: to perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer.”

To me, this efficient reuse of the same ‘contraception’ device seemed incredibly original, which perhaps only the modern day Straussian imperial thinkers could have possibly conjured up – giving the devil its due – use it effectively one way, then turn it inside out and still make it work even more effectively a second time!

First ABUSE ISLAM one way with “God is on your side” (it is shocking to see Brzezinski goad on Afghan mujahideen to “Islamic jihad” here41, and Ronald Reagan gleefully honor them at the White House as “moral equivalent of America’s founding fathers” for their wonderful “jihad” against the “evil” Soviet empire here42) to screw a competing superpower from the backside to win “World War III” at the expense of “Some stirred-up Moslems”.

Then, dexterously turn the same “stirred-up Moslems” inside out after ‘day-1’ of god’s work is done and “radicalism” that was so carefully nurtured throughout the 1980s has finally taken firm root in the wild untamed frontiers of that region at a heavy price to the indigenous peoples themselves, and MAKE IT WORK AGAIN on ‘day-2’ in the service of empire in a new Great Game by fanning its mutated form for now achieving “full spectrum dominance” (see Chapter 3 of Joint Vision 2020 available here18 or here43) in the guise of fighting “RADICAL ISLAM” (see here44) in a perpetual “World War IV” (see etymology here45, more details here46) because shrewdly enough, “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization … except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being”! And not to forget that the much coveted military “transformation” for “full spectrum dominance” and “imperial mobilization” by the “military-industrial complex” required a dramatic increase in defense spending which had lamentably dwindled after the Cold War, and an increase in which wasn’t possible unless “some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”!

‘Genesis’ did take 6 days – we are only into day-2 of its ‘transformative’ re-genesis for ‘full spectrum dominance’ by some of god’s choicest chosen peoples!

Thus the surreality behind the “war on terrorism”, and the reasons for the on going “doctrinal motivation” of maligning Islam – a world’s great religion of 1.5 billion peoples – by the despicable ideological drum beaters like Daniel Pipes and Bernard Lewis et. al. who hide behind the legal covers of academic freedom of speech to spread hatred and fear in order to continue making the “sustained exercise abroad of genuinely imperial power” congenial to the peoples of their “populist democracy”, is only as secret as clicking here16 to read the American Mein Kampf Part-II – “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” September 2000, a Report of the Project for the New American Century (see here47):

.“Until the process of transformation is treated as an enduring military mission – worthy of constant allocation of dollars and forces – it will remain stillborn. … Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”

.“The Price of American Preeminence: The program we advocate – one that would provide America with forces to meet the strategic demands of the world’s sole superpower – requires budget levels to be increased to 3.5 to 3.8 percent of the GDP.”

.“… Also this expanding perimeter argues for new overseas bases and forward operating locations to facilitate American political and military operations around the world.”

.“… Keeping the American peace requires the U.S. Military to undertake a broad array of missions today and rise to very different challenges tomorrow, …”

Keeping the American peace – indeed! The American Mein Kampf Part-1 noted it similarly:

.“… the ultimate objective of American policy should be benign and visionary: to shape a truly cooperative global community.” (The Grand Chessboard, 1997)

Hitler too merely wanted to keep the ‘German peace’! And the Israelis too similarly only want to keep the ‘Zionist peace’ (as noted here28), and both the hectoring hegemons du jour “truly” wish to “shape” a “cooperative global community” cooperating with them on their terms so that Thomas Friedman’s euphemistic “hidden hand” can stay ready-but-sheathed – unless some obdurate nations or a spirited peoples dare to not be a part of their suzerainty – since it “is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation.”

And of course also since “that exercise requires” a lot of extra coordinated work at all levels on the “doctrinal motivation”, “intellectual commitment” and “patriotic gratification” fronts along with suitable “conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being” existing. Or propagandistically crafted, as was so audaciously instrumented keeping a straight Washingtonian face with the ‘WMD’ mantra for setting up the Iraq invasion in 2002-2003 before its own gullible peoples; and for the rest of the world, “its capacity for military intimidation” was unsheathed with the Goebbellian “either you are with us, or with the terrorists” threat!

But all of this extra work is of course still preferable due to the “Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity” at opportune moments as dictated by the “primacy and its geostrategic imperatives” of the lone superpower because, primarily, the “victor will not be asked afterward whether he told the truth or not” (Hitler)! In the invasion of a systematically disarmed sitting duck, or a lame duck, by the world’s most fearsome nuclear armed military might, victory is always imagined to be a sure bet! Daarth Vaider could not have imagined an easier victory with his Death-Star!

The lead chief American prosecutor at the Nuremberg Military Tribunals had found it so easy to un-hesitatingly condemn the bespectating world and the “Good Germans” for their ignorance of Hitler’s plans after the Nazis had been comprehensively defeated:

.“The plans of Adolf Hitler for aggression were just as secret as Mein Kampf, of which over six million copies were published in Germany”, (Justice Robert H. Jackson in his closing speech at Nuremberg, on Friday, 7/26/1946: Morning Session: Part 3, in Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal. See here30)

and indicted the Nazis so unequivocally for their aggression by passing death sentences:

.“We charge unlawful aggression but we are not trying the motives, hopes, or frustrations which may have led Germany to resort to aggressive war as an instrument of policy. The law, unlike politics, does not concern itself with the good or evil in the status quo, nor with the merits of the grievances against it. It merely requires that the status quo be not attacked by violent means and that policies be not advanced by war. We may admit that overlapping ethnological and cultural groups, economic barriers, and conflicting national ambitions created in the 1930’s, as they will continue to create, grave problems for Germany as well as for the other peoples of Europe. We may admit too that the world had failed to provide political or legal remedies which would be honorable and acceptable alternatives to war. We do not underwrite either the ethics or the wisdom of any country, including my own, in the face of these problems. But we do say that it is now, as it was for sometime prior to 1939, illegal and criminal for Germany or any other nation to redress grievances or seek expansion by resort to aggressive war.”

.“But justice in this case has nothing to do with some of the arguments put forth by the defendants or their counsel. We have not previously and we need not now discuss the merits of all their obscure and tortuous philosophy. We are not trying them for the possession of obnoxious ideas. It is their right, if they choose, to renounce the Hebraic heritage in the civilization of which Germany was once a part. Nor is it our affair that they repudiated the Hellenic influence as well. The intellectual bankruptcy and moral perversion of the Nazi regime might have been no concern of international law had it not been utilized to goosestep the Herrenvolk across international frontiers. It is not their thoughts, it is their overt acts which we charge to be crimes. Their creed and teachings are important only as evidence of motive, purpose, knowledge, and intent.”, (http://www.courttv.com/archive/casefiles/nuremberg/close.html)

that one is left to wonder if that is what it takes for the ‘Mein Kampfs’ du jour and the “goosestep[ing] the Herrenvolk across international frontiers” into Afghanistan and Iraq, and perhaps now into Iran, to be unequivocally recognized and condemned as such?

That this appears to be true even when the aggression planners un-apologetically call themselves “hectoring Hegemons” in the characteristic ‘in your face’ arrogance of all chauvinist “ubermensch” as they continue to rehearse the “doctrinal motivation” of “war on terrorism” against “radical Islam” for the public in order to keep sending America’s patriotic sons and daughters to their slaughter, never mind what they do to the “lesser” peoples “goosestep[ing] the Herrenvolk across international frontiers”, should be disconcerting for any non-hare brained person in the world, but especially for the American public themselves.

The following is a snapshot of “Document Summary” of the PDF property of “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”. The author’s field says it all (see here29 for a detailed expansion of this author’s field and their various doctrinal contributions to what only Dr. Goebbels would feel proud, as in here48):

Author field of PNAC report "Rebuilding America's Defenses"

What will it take for the un-courageous bespectating world to call a spade a spade? A victor’s justice?

The power of “Noble Lies”, and the “ubermensch” imperatives of its Nietzscheian exponents that blinds the commonsense of any “Good Germans”!

Those able to see through this thin charade plainly, and are conscionable activists enough to want to protest or speak-out, are being systematically marginalized with various labels, from “conspiracy theorists” to “trouble makers”, to perhaps even “terrorists” with the blessings of the New USA Patriot Acts as the new legal cover.

Indeed, the FBI and the Homeland Security agents themselves had shown up at my home, twice, just before the “hidden hand of the market” was once again about to unload its gentle largess of “operation Iraqi Freedom” in 2003, to question me, ostensibly in hot pursuit of some unknown “terrorists” whose name “string matched” mine in a few letters of the alphabet – or so they said. I had been covering all the major protest marches at that time, being both participant and very visible photographer, and usually in the very front row, right behind the police lines and often chatting with them developing a rapport and friendship in preemptive self-defense just in case some agent provocateur decided that the protests were too darn peaceful! It was trivial to ID me – as I wasn’t making any attempts to keep a low profile, to the contrary, cut an interesting and very visible figure with three small kids in tow in the very first row, juggling the camera gear and their small hands with tears of anguish down my cheeks for another defenseless civilians about to experience American “shock and awe”.

And it was as a consequence of their unwelcome visit to my home that broke the camels back, so to speak, and I penned my first book in April 2003 in an Herculean night and day effort where the words just seemed to flow effortlessly like a dam burst as Baghdad burned with Colin Powell’s “Shock and Awe” and the Euphrates turned red with the blood of the innocent. The smoke and mirrors deception was all too obvious to me, but not to the American peoples. At the time, no publisher picked up my manuscript, six outright rejected it (among the seven who responded, about two dozen didn’t bother to respond), and this despite a generous letter of commendation written by the famous American Historian, Howard Zinn, on my behalf! And in 2005, the Iraq Study Group reached the same findings after the dastardly crime was fait accompli and a civilization lay in ruins, but quite disingenuously couched it merely as oops, “a major intelligence failure”!

An ordinary person, moi, smarter than all of America’s and Britain’s vast intelligence agencies with their billions of dollars in funds and spyware to monitor and surveil the globe? When did that happen? Is Alice awake or asleep?

How could I possibly explain all this years of accumulated hysteresis and silent anguish in my surreal brain to my realist hare-brained best friend as she impatiently questioned me, even if only as a glimpse into my own surreal world but nevertheless still like jumping into the middle of a fast paced Tom Clancy or Dan Brown novel, and have any realistic expectations of the sweet thing believing me?

Harvey’s long sojourn in the Holy Lands had entirely bestowed upon her a different world view, one of whatever that was plainly manifest on the shadow screen: 19 “evil jihadis”, stone throwing Palestinians, Israel under siege, “radical Islam”, “militant Islam”, and a massively nuclear armed superpower put under orange alert Defcon-10 by a man on a dialysis machine from an underground cave 20,000 miles away! It was exactly as if Hitler had come back from his shallow grave to reassert:

.“[I will] give a propagandist reason for starting the war [and don’t] mind whether it was plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterward whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war it is not the right that matters, but victory.” (Adolph Hitler)

Except that the new version was even more potent. There was a real devastating 911 enabler to back it up! Was it another operation “Canned Goods“? Especially since it became sacrilegious to even think this question starting the very day it happened, that how could it have possibly happened? People still look at you funny today six and a half years later if you raise it in polite company, think you are a kook, and wanna have nothing to do with you. Even your best intellectual friends get angry at you, as did one very prominent and brilliant Pakistani theoretical physicist who has several degrees from MIT and claims to have been a major anti-war activist in the 1970s and continually posits himself as the quintessential gadfly. He “scolded” me and even refused to read an earlier version of this presentation that I had sent him for his kind comments.

The biggest names whom I had been inspired by all my life, left me standing alone on the most pivotal question regarding the first cause enabler of the most momentous monumental international crime of naked aggression against defenseless nations that can ever be faced by anyone in their life that they could actually do something about to unravel and stop dead in its tracks while it is still occurring.

Even Noam Chomsky, my erstwhile distinguished professor when I was a student at MIT, “arguably the most important intellectual alive” according to the epithet adorned on him by the New York Times, refrained from discussing the “How” and focused on the “Why” in his best selling booklet “911” that became the international “cliff-notes-to-911” from supposedly the “chief dissenting priest” in the West. Indeed, all of a sudden, all the major well known intellectuals of the proverbial “dissent space”, after spending a lifetime drawing attention to the lies and deceit of incantations of power, discovered the new religion of trust and faith in the statements coming out of the Pentagon and the White House concerning 911. Many of them have surely made incredible wealth writing and selling books outlining various scenarios on “Why” 911 occurred wherein not a single one asks ‘How could it have possibly occurred in the first place?’ Perhaps they may donate 100% of their proceeds to the widows and families of the victims of 911 worldwide?

Most “experts” have now miraculously become exponents of Harvey’s own original intellectual contribution to this discussion space, the “chaos theory”, as the likely “how”. Even the distinguished journalist whom almost everyone touts as the most profound and courageous journalist of our time, the fearless Robert Fisk, tepidly stays away from “conspiracy theories” and continually keeps reminding his audience about the “why” part, never the “how” part for which even he takes the word of the war party who benefited the most from the shocking crime of 911. Indeed, in 2003, I had publicly put this question before Robert Fisk in the question answer session after his talk, and his deflecting response so indelibly etched in my infinite memory: “I live in the land of conspiracy theories [in Beirut, Lebanon, but he meant Arabs in general have this proclivity], and since there is no concrete evidence to demonstrate there is one [covert-operation or some complicity due to ample pre-warning as had been noted by the French writers Brisard and Dasquié in ‘Forbidden Truth’, 2002], I am not going to go there”!

Right! If a journalist of the caliber and reputation of Robert Fisk won’t go there until there is evidence in hand, then he can conveniently wait for faits accomplis before he will receive his evidence on a silver platter from the state’s declassification engine 50 years later to write and sell more books! If all that the “empire” has to fear are “dissenting priests” like Chomsky and Fisk, the imperial planners in a “populist democracy” are in fat city. I had in fact stopped reading these guys’ erudite works of ‘literature’ once this realization had dawned upon me in 2003. Arundhati Roy had once written about Noam Chomsky as the very lonely person for his dissent. While that may certainly have been true in the past, Chomsky and Harvey today both enjoy a great circle of very influential friends in Washington from Donald Rumsfeld to Bernard Lewis and Daniel Pipes et. al., all of whom willingly back up their faith in the Government’s version of 911 of a surprised invasion from abroad by ’19 evil jihadis’ (see “Responsibility of Intellectuals – Redux” and “Open Letter to Amnesty International, USA” on the useless facade of dissent and its ineffectual outcome in the absence of penetrating focus on the ‘right order bits’).

Therefore, how could I possibly address all of my sweet long-eared companion’s pointed questions when we none-too-surprisingly shared none of the same axioms? The leaves through the DNA to the king-makers are just way too many layers to comprehend simplistically for a “realist” who acquires her reality from the shadow play being concocted on the shadow screen as axiomatic, and even any questioning attitude deftly skirts around fundamental unexamined axioms as the extent of intellectual “free thinking” debate on the matter. It is thus impossible to try to explain such matters in an animated conversation to a self-righteous Pooka just returning from living in the Holy Lands and expect to achieve any degree of coherency or congruency.

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What is the point of this dialog analysis and all this verbage?

The point is a matter of life and death for nations. That is the point of this. Let me be very precise.

Either the United States, or Israel, are poised to attack Iran, as noted by many commentators in the World press, and as was also noted by the honorable Republican Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul in his speech in January 2007 (see here15):

.“As I said last week on the House floor, speculation in Washington focuses on when, not if, either Israel or the U.S. will bomb Iran– possibly with nuclear weapons. The accusation sounds very familiar: namely, that Iran possesses weapons of mass destruction. Iran has never been found in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and our own Central Intelligence Agency says Iran is more than ten years away from producing any kind of nuclear weapon. Yet we are told we must act immediately while we still can!”

Even the inexplicable Zbigniew Brzezinski, unabashedly candid as always, as in his chauvinist Grand Chessboard, plainly stated the following on February 1, 2007 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reading from a carefully prepared statement (here54):

.“a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan”

This is March 2007. I have two imperatives before me: A) I do not wish to hear in 2010 that there was an “intelligence failure”, that it was another Gulf of Tonkin, or some other new contrivance from the imaginative and fertile mind of the hectoring hegemons. …