Why Howard Dean, Rudy Giuliani, And Other US Politicians May Need To Be Extraordinarily Rendered

by lizard

Terrorists are bad.

I mean like really, really bad.

They blow up buildings and airplanes and hate our way of life. To keep us safe from them, entire nations have been invaded and occupied; brutalized and subjugated.

If we are to believe our own leaders and institutions, like the president, state department, and congress, the material support of terrorism is a lethal transgression—national sovereignty of our allies and constitutionally guaranteed rights of American citizens to due process be damned!

Ok, so let’s water-board Howard Dean and put Rudy Guliani in a stress position for 24 hours straight because of their paid-for advocacy of the state-department designated terrorist group, MEK.

It gets worse.

Seymour Hersh has a piece up at the New Yorker linking JSOC training sessions in Nevada of MEK members to involvement in dead Iranian scientists:

Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated since 2007. M.E.K. spokesmen have denied any involvement in the killings, but early last month NBC News quoted two senior Obama Administration officials as confirming that the attacks were carried out by M.E.K. units that were financed and trained by Mossad, the Israeli secret service. NBC further quoted the Administration officials as denying any American involvement in the M.E.K. activities.

So how many people involved with this terrorist organization need to be arrested to make us safe?

Tom Ridge, Homeland Security advisor Frances Fragos Townsend, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, UN ambassador John Bolton; as well as former Republican Mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani; former Democratic governors Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Howard Dean of Vermont; ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh; and retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton.

The squeeze on Iran is relentless, and Israel is getting closer and closer to doing something really stupid.

And Germany is playing an ironic role in helping facilitate Israel’s capability to instigate a nuclear holocaust by selling a few more submarines.

Toward that latter point, it appears poetry can still be scandalous, even if it’s not the best verse.

Below the fold is a poem published this week by the German writer, Gunter Grass. There are easy ways to attack this writer, and the poem isn’t the greatest (in terms of craft) but it’s a noteworthy attempt of a writer trying to reconcile a past holocaust that targeted mostly Jews to the facilitation of a possible future holocaust if Germany sells Israel more submarines.

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WHAT MUST BE SAID

Why do I stay silent, conceal for too long
What clearly is and has been
Practiced in war games, at the end of which we as survivors
Are at best footnotes.

It is the alleged right to first strike
That could annihilate the Iranian people–
Enslaved by a loud-mouth
And guided to organized jubilation–
Because in their territory,
It is suspected, a bomb is being built.

Yet why do I forbid myself
To name that other country
In which, for years, even if secretly,
There has been a growing nuclear potential at hand
But beyond control, because no testing is available?

The universal concealment of these facts,
To which my silence subordinated itself,
I sense as incriminating lies
And force–the punishment is promised
As soon as it is ignored;
The verdict of “anti-Semitism” is familiar.

Now, though, because in my country
Which from time to time has sought and confronted
The very crime
That is without compare
In turn on a purely commercial basis, if also
With nimble lips calling it a reparation, declares
A further U-boat should be delivered to Israel,
Whose specialty consists of guiding all-destroying warheads to where the existence
Of a single atomic bomb is unproven,
But through fear of what may be conclusive,
I say what must be said.

Why though have I stayed silent until now?
Because I think my origin,
Which has never been affected by this obliterating flaw,
Forbids this fact to be expected as pronounced truth
Of the country of Israel, to which I am bound
And wish to stay bound.

Why do I say only now,
Aged and with my last ink,
That the nuclear power of Israel endangers
The already fragile world peace?
Because it must be said
What even tomorrow may be too late to say;
Also because we–as Germans burdened enough–
Could be the suppliers to a crime
That is foreseeable, wherefore our complicity
Could not be redeemed through any of the usual excuses.

And granted: I am silent no longer
Because I am tired of the hypocrisy
Of the West; in addition to which it is to be hoped
That this will free many from silence,
Prompt the perpetrator of the recognized danger
To renounce violence and
Likewise insist
That an unhindered and permanent control
Of the Israeli nuclear potential
And the Iranian nuclear sites
Be authorized through an international agency
Of the governments of both countries.

Only this way are all, the Israelis and Palestinians,
Even more, all people, that in this
Region occupied by mania
Live cheek by jowl among enemies,
In the end also to help us.

—Gunter Grass


  1. You could probably even mention that a Republican candidate for governor is affiliated with MEK, but that’s not really your style.

    • lizard19

      I am more interested in focusing on the national/global consequences of this bipartisan support of a terrorist group, and how it fits into the war currently being promoted against Iran that will be absolutely disastrous when it goes hot.

      I understand criticizing both parties is a difficult concept for you to accept, because you’re criticism is always partisan, and therefore limited in scope. and you’re right, that’s not my style.

      so keep your eye on that partisan ball, Don. preach to your choir about how despicable Livingstone’s support of terrorists and death squads is.

      and please, never point out how Democrats do the same thing.

  2. This will sound insincere, but I’m sorry that an argument has broken down into this again. It’s just unproductive energy all around.

    Best of luck to you guys over here. I think I’m going to take my leave for awhile and focus on what matters to me. No doubt you’ll do the same at your place.

    There are more important fights than this.




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