recent conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) opened with an announcement that Cuba would become
a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The last
three hold-outs in the world are Israel, India, and Pakistan.
The Arab states, led by Iraq, have proposed that Israel should
sign on as part of a framework for peace in the Middle East,
but the Israelis want to hold on to their weapons of mass
destruction. As Ha'aretz reports:
Frank, director-general of the Atomic Energy Commission in
the Prime Minister's Office, told the International Atomic
Energy Agency's 46th General Conference in Vienna
yesterday that Israel opposes Iraq's proposal to the conference
agenda that it discuss 'Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threat.'
Frank said that 'many dangerous proliferation developments
in our region and in other regions have occurred in recent
years, none of which involve Israel. On the contrary: Israel
has neither threatened any of its neighbors nor has it acted
in defiance of international commitments.' He added that the
Iraqi proposal for the agenda lacks 'factual justification'
and that 'there is no need to single out Israel.'"
better question is: why not single out Israel, a country
that we know has nukes and the will to use them instead
of Iraq, which doesn't have fissionable material or the technology
to create and deliver a nuclear warhead?
the case of Pat Roush and her two daughters, supposedly "kidnapped"
by their Saudi father and held "incommunicado" in
the desert Kingdom? The Wall Street Journal tried to
create an international incident out of what was basically
a family feud, and even Congress got involved, with grandstanding
lawmakers passing resolutions and neoconservative polemicists
denouncing "Arabists" and "appeasers"
in the State Department.
neocons turned Ms. Roush and her daughters into the Saudi-phobic
equivalent of Mumia abu Jamal and Sacco and Vanzetti all rolled
into one: here was a perfect example of Saudi perfidy and
medievalism. Rod Dreher screeched
in National Review:
should order State to deny visas to any Saudi government official
until and unless Aisha and Alia al-Gheshayan, and indeed all
American citizens held illegally in Saudi Arabia, are allowed
to return home."
State Department, however, understandably did not think that
a child custody squabble ought to have been elevated into
a casus belli and rightly so. As it turned out, Ms.
Roush's daughters can't stand the sight of her and want to
stay with their father in Saudi Arabia. Associated Press reports:
don't want the United States or any contact with my mother,'
the 23-year-old Alia al-Gheshayan said. 'I want her to leave
us alone,' said her 19-year-old sister, Aisha al-Gheshayan.
'We will not rest until she dies.'"
should be clear enough, even for Rod Dreher.
of National Review, you'll remember that it was the
editor of that once-interesting periodical, Rich
Lowry, who put forward the essence of the neoconservative
foreign policy stance by suggesting that we "nuke
Mecca." Now it appears that, while not specifically
targeting the Saudi holy city, the Bushies have been warming
to the idea that we had better damn well nuke something,
well, just because we can. A recent report
in the [UK] Daily Mirror reveals
a secret Pentagon "hit list" of seven nations
that could conceivably feel Uncle Sam's nuclearized ire: China,
Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya. Among the
conditions that could trigger such unspeakable horror: a generalized
Arab-Israeli conflict, or an attack by Iraq on Israel or another
let's see if I get this straight: the U.S. is preparing to
go to war with Iraq because Saddam might, in the future, develop
"weapons of mass destruction" and therefore threaten
the peace of the Middle East. But the U.S. is itself prepared
to use weapons of mass destruction if the Arabs and Israelis
should come to blows no matter who starts it or if nuclear-armed
Israel is attacked. Perhaps those UN arms inspectors, instead
of picking over the ruins of Iraqi military installations,
should be demanding access to American nuclear weapons
statue of Felix
Dzerzhinsky that once adorned the front of KGB headquarters
in Moscow was put in storage after the Great Revolution of
1989, but in a sign of the times it
is being brought back, albeit not without protests from
horrified Russian liberals and human rights activists. Dzerzhinsky,
the first head of the Soviet secret police, was responsible
for the deaths of tens of millions but no matter, says Moscow
Mayor Yuri Luzhkov. Lauding the bronze monument of 14 tons
as "a flawless work of art," Luzhkov avers that
old "Iron Felix," as they call him, "must be
given credit for taking care of homeless children and helping
rebuild the national economy."
the late 1970s, I worked in the National Office of Students
for a Libertarian Society (SLS), a national libertarian youth
organization founded by the progenitors of the Cato Institute,
and funded by billionaire Charles Koch. We had a million-dollar
annual budget, a staff of half a dozen, and a lot of enthusiasm.
For a while we had some success, building chapters on campuses
from coast to coast and putting out a plethora of publications,
including Liberty, a monthly newspaper, SLS Action,
an internal bulletin, and a variety of pamphlets (my In
Praise of Outlaws: Rebuilding Gay Liberation, is
today a collector's item, noted for its artsy picture
of burning police cars on the cover.) Unfortunately, SLS fell
prey to the vagaries of libertarian factionalism, the opportunism
of its National Director, and the fickleness of its chief
funders: it was torn asunder in the factional warfare that
plagued the libertarian movement of the mid-80s, and soon
fell apart. A great problem for SLS was that, among other
things, the era of the Carter years was not exactly conducive
to building a campus movement: the sense of complacency was
too great, and the Left was still ensconced as the dominant
activist force. Today, however, the situation is quite different,
and it looks like SLS will be reborn under far more favorable
more than ever, the nation's campuses are ready for a national
libertarian youth movement and the indefatigable Mike Ewens,
of Washington University, in St, Louis, Missouri, has gathered
an organizing committee that is even now planning to revive
SLS at a national convention to be tentatively held on the
weekend of March 7th- 10th.
out the SLS website it's good and getting better by
the day. And it's only been up there for a week!
will be speaking at Washington University on October 9, on
"Iraq First Stop on America's Road to Empire."
Write Mike for
article, written by me, "Larry Ellison and the Mark of
the Beast," will be published in the November 2002 issue
have reached an agreement with Verso Books to publish my latest
tome, The Terror Enigma: Unsolved Mysteries of 9/11,
that is going to blow the lid off of the Israeli
"art student" spy scandal. The book this one
is going to be very controversial is more than
half finished. I'll be sure to keep you posted on further
developments, so stay tuned
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