by Scott Creighton
What we are talking about is nothing short of an attempt to rewrite the history of the Dec. 2008 attack on Gaza for the benefit of Israel.
In a recent discussion with Amy Goodman in which she once again reported as fact that the leader of Saudi Arabia wants to “cut the head off the snake”, Noam Chomsky was careful as usual to point out to Amy that one can’t necessarily accept these “leaks” as given fact. He points out that they are some email from some state department flunkie (my words) and that they are in no way proof of anything, much less the wishes of the vast majority of the Arab people.
Chomsky says, “Latest polls show] Arab opinion holds that the major threat in the region is Israel, that’s 80 percent; the second threat is the United States, that’s 77 percent. Iran is listed as a threat by 10 percent,” Chomsky says. “This may not be reported in the newspapers, but it’s certainly familiar to the Israeli and U.S. governments and the ambassadors. What this reveals is the profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political leadership.”
“When they talk about Arabs, they are talking about the Arab dictators, not the Arab population, which is overwhelmingly opposed to the conclusions the analysts here, Clinton and the media have drawn. That’s the major problem. The minor problem is that we don’t know what the Arab leaders think and say. We know what was SELECTED from the cables, so there is a FILTERING process which has been distorted.” Noam Chomsky, Democracy NOW!
But then he goes on to make his point clearer…
“Uh, one of the most interesting cables was a cable from the U.S. ambassador in Israel to Hillary Clinton which described the uh attack on Gaza which we should call a U.S./Israeli attack, Dec. 2008. It states, uh, correctly that there had been a truce, uh, it does not add that during the truce, which was really not observed by Israel, that during the truce Hamas scrupulously observed it according to the Israeli government. Not a single rocket was fired – that’s an OMISSION (in the Wikileak memo) but then comes a straight lie – it says that in Dec. 2008 Hamas renewed rocket firing and therefore Israel had to attack and defend itself. Now the ambassador surely is aware, there must be somebody in the Israeli embassy who reads the Israeli press, in which case the embassy is surely aware it’s exactly the opposite. Hamas was calling for a renewal of the cease-fire, Israel considered the offer and rejected it, preferring to bomb rather than have security. Also it is omitted that while Israel never observed the cease-fire it maintained the blockade, in violation of the truce agreement. On Nov. 4th the Israeli army entered Gaza and killed half a dozen Hamas militants… What the embassy reported (what Wikileaks passed off as a glimpse into “the truth”) is a GROSS FALSIFICATION and a very significant one since it has to do with the justification of this murderous attack. Which means the embassy doesn’t have a clue as to what is going on, or THEY ARE LYING OUTRIGHT” Noam Chomsky
I tried to go to the Wikileaks website to find this memo for the article, but the site doesn’t load.
What it all boils down to is this: either the state department are idiots or they are simply lying. They were either lying then or the cable itself is a lie. And either way, Wikileaks should have certainly caught it before they published it and by not doing so, they face the same scrutiny; they are either idiots or they are lying through their leaks. They don’t seem like idiots.
In an interesting side note, Bradley Manning’s family tried to visit him today on surprise trip from overseas, but apparently they were denied.
Bradley Manning stated that he always wanted to be a “double agent” and my guess is, he got what he wanted. His parents could not visit him, because quite frankly, he isn’t there. He isn’t there because he was doing exactly what the state department wanted him to do when he contacted that obvious CIA shill Lamo.
So Manning is probably running around leading his “double agent” life while Hillary Clinton is actively publishing one lie after the next via the Wikileaks memos. And the “progressives” are swallowing it, hook line and sinker.