World War III: The attack in West Asia

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The Terrorists' Summit
The Militant, 1 April 1996. Washington assembled a true terrorist summit in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, March 13—a conference aimed at backing up the main perpetrator of terror in the Middle East. Clinton took the unprecedented step of openly backing this “collective punishment” by the Israeli regime against Palestinians.
Congress tightens sanctions
By Sara Flounders, Workers World 4 July 1996. Without one dissenting vote or any national debate or discussion, Washington extended its global use of sanctions on June 20. The U.S. House of Representatives imposed harsh new economic sanctions on Iran and Libya. The new legislation attacking Iran and Libya is much like the Helms-Burton Act, which punishes foreign companies that invest in or trade with Cuba.
Muslim jihad against Americans and supporters; A real possibility?
Mid-East Realities, 12 March 1998. U.S. and Israelis policies in the Middle East, supported by key Western European states especially Great Britain, do not come without a price, a possible jihad. The fatwa, Kill the Americans; The fatwa, Urging jihad.
For the record: US, Turkish ships arrive
Agence France-Presse, 5 January 1998. US and Turkish navy ships arrived in this Mediterranean port Monday to begin joint maneuvers with Israel amid sharp protests from Arab states worried about a stronger Turkish-Israeli alliance.
The West has been loath to link the war on terror to settling the Palestinian issue. Now, it's unavoidable
By David Hirst, Toronto Globe, Thursday 18 October 2001. The United States and Britain could only deal with Mr. Hussein after they have given convincing evidence that they are serious about a Palestinian state.
Subdue Palestine, wage war on Iraq: Twin pillars of U.S. strategy to dominate Middle East
By Richard Becker, Workers World, 27 June 2002. The Israeli decision to reoccupy Palestinian territories and settle inside them represents an open invitation to the Palestinian people to practice all sorts of resistance against the occupation. What is the connection between Bush's proposal for an “interim” Palestinian state and the CIA's authorization to assassinate President Hussein?
U.S. to Seek Mideast Reforms
By Peter Slevin and Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, Wednesday 21 August 2002. Bush programs aim to foster democracy, advocacy training sessions, [un-regulated] markets. Ambitions remain modest lest it alienate key allies, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, long criticized for their human rights records and lack of political freedoms. Democratic reform justifies interventions. The Bush agenda combines faith in universal values with neo-conservative view that U.S. power should be harnessed to spread U.S. influence abroad.
“Iraq And Jordan Will Become One Hashemite State”
By Alex Fishman, Yediot Aharonot, 6 September 2002. The American strategy as seen in Pentagon docunents: The military attack on Iraq is just the first goal, Saudi Arabia is the “strategic goal” and Egypt is “The Big Prize”. Democratization in societies that spawn the wild growths of Al-Qaida. The Palestinians will have to find their place in Jordan. How the loving American hug may become a source of big troubles for Israel.
War Now!
By Uri Avnery, Palestine Chronicle. 7 September 2002. Criticism of the emerging Bush war plan. Iraq would break into three parts (Kurds in the north, Sunnis in the center, Shiites in the south), the Middle East would be exposed to the onslaught of Iranian fanaticism, pro-Western Arab regimes would collapse. Israel would be surrounded by aggressive Islamic fundamentalism.
Massive U.S. arms flowing into Israel
Mid-East Realities, 9 September 2002. The Americans are attempting a somewhat stealth massive build-up of war weapons and personnel in the Middle East hoping to preposition overwhelming military capabilities without provoking the Iraqis to strike first at Israel while the build-up is still underway.
US War Hawks Have Plans to Reshape Entire Mideast
By John Donnelly and Anthony Shadid, The Boston Globe, 10 September 2002. A sweeping vision for the Middle East that sees the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq as merely a first step in the region's, pushed for years by some Washington think tanks. After Hussein's ouster, the US will have more leverage to act against Syria and Iran, will be in a better position to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will be able to rely less on Saudi oil.
U.S. attempts to blackmail world
Mid-East Realities, 11 September 2002. US military command moving to Qatar home of ‘Al-Jazeera’ About to be ‘invaded’. Once in ‘Command and Control’ from Qatar, the US is not only now positioned to launch a massive Iraq war, but also to further ‘control’ the regime in Saudi Arabia, and down the road ‘if need be’ to use the American military to take control of the main Saudi oil fields.
Southwest Asia: the world's new centre
By Paul-Marie de la Gorce, Le Monde diplomatique, December 2002. For the US, the centre of the world is ‘Southwest Asia’, from Iraq through to what was Soviet Central Asia. At the centre is Iran.
Bush's Mideast plan: Conquer and divide
By Eric Margolis,, 8 December 2002. Comment on Tariq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister, forthright and chilling interview with ABC News. What the U.S. wants is not “regime change” in Iraq but rather “region change.” The Bush administration's reasons for war against Iraq: Oil and Israel.