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Mark Dankof’s Open Invitation to America:
Connect the Dots with Dr. Hassan
 El-Naijar and Al-Jazeerah.info

My work in recent times with SARTRE’s Breaking All the Rules; DixieInternet.com; Frank Whalen and his Frankly Speaking Radio show on Republic Broadcasting Network; and a host of Iranian, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern news sites, has convinced me of one ultimate truth about my own journalistic work, especially in the United States and the West:

My best contributions to a diverse constituency of honest readers and listeners linked to the global World Wide Web do not honestly involve my own writing. They are inextricably linked to the recommendations I make to readers and radio listeners for the best articles and analysis penned by other authors in the best alternative news sources to the manipulative and shallow trash sadly inherent in most of the print and airwave productions emanating daily from George Bush’s America.

My recommendations are accompanied by an open invitation to examine the various pieces of excellent work and the credentials of the respective sources involved, followed by an exhortation to Connect-the-Dots in regard to the topic at hand. For those previously uninitiated in this art, the reward of subsequent understanding and insight that inevitably follows is matched by my own reward of satisfaction in having helped others Connect-the-Dots. To the extent that this is occasionally achieved, the world is made a better–and more informed–place.

There is yet another ultimate truism that has come into sharper focus in the last eighteen months: Although one would never know it from the vacuous charade known as the American Presidential campaign, it is abundantly obvious that the central issue facing the people of the United States and the global community is one of War and Peace–and not in Southeast Asia between 1965 and 1973. Put simply, will there be an expansion of Mr. Bush and Mr. Sharon’s War in Iraq? If so, for what reasons and what endgame? This question--and the real answers--are the only game in town.

For those who want to play Connect-the-Dots today in analyzing the pivotal issue of War and Peace, the sources of real information are as follows:

Begin with the English print version of Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo) dated 2-8 September 2004 and look for two op-ed pieces in the Opinion section. The first is penned by Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, an associate professor of genetics and director of clinical cytogenic services at Yale University’s School of Medicine. The article is entitled, “Their Dog-Eat-Dog World,” and covers the history of the Neo-Conservative movement which has engulfed the elites of both major political parties in the United States. Dr. Qumsiyeh gives the reader the background of Machiavelli’s political disciple, German Zionist Leo Strauss, who became the mentor of Paul Wolfowitz and other Neo-Con advisors to Mr. Bush. The pivotal significance of the March, 1992 U. S. Defense Policy Guidance of Mr. Wolfowitz and Lewis Libby is then unveiled, followed by the Neo-Con letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in 1996 entitled, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy For Securing the Realm.” Dr. Qumsiyeh shows the reader that this last piece of paper (posted on the Internet) involves James Colbert of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Jonathan Torop of the infamous American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, David Wurmser, and Douglas Feith. This in turn, was followed in 1997 by the creation of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) which proclaimed that:

The American peace has proven itself peaceful, stable, and durable. Yet no moment in international politics can be frozen in time: even a global Pax Americana will not preserve itself. . . [the new world order] must have a secure foundation on unquestioned U. S. military preeminence. . .The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.

Dr. Qumsiyeh wryly observes that the special interest and agenda revealed “will celebrate their ‘win’ regardless of which President occupies the White House in December. If Kerry wins, watch as another team of neo-cons take up office.”

The second op-ed piece in the same edition of Al-Ahram Weekly is that of Ahmed Abdel-Ghani, entitled, “Is Iran Next?” After reading it in tandem with Dr. Qumsiyeh’s piece, add the latest print copy of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (October 2004, Vol. XXIII, No. 8). Look specifically for two bits of information here. The first is Janet McMahon’s Kerry Names Former Congressman, AIPAC Board Member Mel Levine as Top Mideast Adviser.” Follow that with “Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2004 Congressional Candidates.”

Beginning to Connect-The-Dots? in regard to War and Peace and the two American Presidential candidates in the fall campaign? Add this final piece of information and analysis from page 25 of the September 27th, 2004 edition of Pat Buchanan’s The American Conservative. One is informed here by former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi of Cannistraro Associates in the Deep Background feature that:

The investigation of Pentagon neo-conservative Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans (OSP) analyst Larry Franklin for passing secrets to Israel is part of a broader investigation into several leaks of classified information that have apparently originated from OSP, most notably to Ahmad Chalabi and to The Weekly Standard [neo-con Bill Kristol]. Israel’s claim that it does not spy against the U. S. is fatuous. The FBI, DIA, and the General Accounting Office regard Israel as the country most actively engaged in espionage directed against American targets, in spite of America’s unlimited political support for Tel Aviv, sweetened by nearly $6 billion in annual assistance from the American taxpayer. Israel maintains a large unilateral intelligence presence in the U. S. in violation of bilateral agreements. In the most recent of literally hundreds of documented incidents, Israeli “deliverymen” attempted to penetrate a naval base in Georgia and may have successfully stolen samples of a nuclear fuel byproduct in Tennessee. Mossad is also believed to have obtained access to nearly all telephone records in the U. S. through two Israel-based companies that provide billing and call-intercept services [Amdocs and Comverse Infosys]. Many counterintelligence experts think that Israel has also successfully tapped into the federal government’s secure phone system. Since 9/11, as many as 250 Israeli intelligence officers utilizing covers as movers, deliverymen, and art students have been arrested. In a notorious incident, five employees of Urban Moving Systems of Hoboken [New Jersey] were detained after being seen celebrating in front of a burning World Trade Center. Many of the Israelis, most of whom are current or former soldiers, use false American documents but are deported and not charged in order to avoid problems with Israel and its friends in Congress. The FBI is traditionally reluctant to investigate espionage involving Israel, but Israel’s cheerleaders in Washington will be hard pressed to stop the criminal investigation that is now underway.

Connecting-the-Dots? Today’s additional recommendation from Mark Dankof is a long-term proposition. Stay in ongoing Internet news contact with Al-Jazeerah.info and its fine editor, Dr. Hassan El-Naijar. Dr. El-Naijar is an Arab-American, born in Gaza, Palestine in 1950. He subsequently received his Ph. D. in sociology in 1993 and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1988 from the University of Georgia. Now an Associate Professor at Dalton State College in Georgia since 1991, he helps the fair and reading public in the United States–an endangered species–with news exposure to the other side of the conflicts in the Middle East and Palestine censored from most of the mainstream American Corporate Media and its bedfellows for all of the usual reasons and angles. His site informs the browser that the word, “Al-Jazeerah,” in Arabic, translates as “The Island.” It is also used as an abbreviation for The Arabian Peninsula, referred to by many Arabs as “The Island” because it is surrounded by sea from three directions, with the desert isolating it from the fourth.

El-Naijar has been an island of commitment to Jefferson and Madisonian freedom of speech and expression in an age of Bush, Kerry, and Fox News. Americans committed to the same, historically and presently, should see him as an icon of light and reaffirmation of what our nation was founded upon–and what it can be again. For his contributions to the world, the Palestinians, and to both Arab and non-Arab Americans alike, the good Doctor has experienced all of the ad hominem attacks of those lacking in the same commitment to the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights; love; and possession of rational arguments of dialogue and constructive rebuttal. Subjected to a concentrated and orchestrated media attack in April of 2003 from The Washington Times, the Rome (Georgia) News Tribune, the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press, and the Daily Citizen of Dalton, Georgia--along with the ABC Channel 9 affiliate in the latter community--Dr. El-Naijar subsequently received a stream of death threats, unilateral cancellation of discussions with 50 American publishing houses regarding the publication of his book on the first Gulf War, and the false tag as a “purveyor of anti-American hatred.”

Read his news site with regularity; check out his commitment to comprehensive and fair airing of a diversity of opinions if well-expressed; read his missions statement and personal biography. Get to know him personally in on-line discourse. I am sure you will disagree.

Oh, yes. One targeted recommendation to my fellow American conservatives. Turn off Mr. Bush, Mr. Kerry, Fox News, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard for a week or two. Re-read The Federalist in the next ten days. Examine the real evidence as to who represents the real threat to our Republic and innocent human life over the same time frame. And return once more to the aforementioned edition of Buchanan’s The American Conservative. This time, turn to page 29. Read and clip the full page ad for the Presidential candidacy of Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party. Reproduce it for your friends. Send Mike a few bucks and words of encouragement wherever possible. The proclamation of the position of The Federalist and the Real Republic about the dangers posited by War and Draft for foreign and corporate economic interests depends on it.



(Mark Dankof is a Lutheran pastor and free-lance journalist, occasionally contributing to Iran Dokht, Al Bawaba, Nile Media, CASCFEN, PersianMirror, DixieInternet.com, and other Internet news sites. Once a 3rd party candidate for the United States Senate in Delaware [2000], he maintains the web-site Mark Dankof’s America while pursuing post-graduate theological education at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.)  His commentary may be found regularly on SARTRE's Old American Right and Republic news site, Breaking All the Rules His interview with 3rd party American Presidential candidate Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party is widely available on various sites on the World Wide Web.)  



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