Israel’s Proxy War in Guatemala

Gabriel Schivone

 

You may not know it from reading or listening to the major U.S. media, but the rest of the world has been steeped in news coverage of a former Guatemalan head of state recently on trial in a national court (though proceedings are currently on hold) for genocide and crimes against humanity. The accused, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was one of the most vicious mass killers the United States—or Israel—ever produced.

Known as “Brother Efraín,” a fundamentalist convert of the California-based “Church of the Word” (Verbo), Rios Montt thanked his God in heaven for anointing him as Guatemala’s president, but on earth he thanked Israel for establishing his March 1982 military coup. Israeli press reported that 300 Israeli advisors helped execute the coup, which succeeded so smoothly, Brother Efraín told an ABC News reporter, “because many of our soldiers were trained by Israelis.” Through the height of la violencia (“the violence”) or desencarnacíon (“loss of flesh, loss of being”), between the late 1970s to early 1980s, Israel assisted every facet of attack on the Guatemalan people. Largely taking over for the United States on the ground in Guatemala (with Washington retaining its role as paymaster, while also maintaining a crucial presence in the country), Israel had become the successive governments’ main provider of counterinsurgency training, light and heavy arsenals of weaponry, aircraft, state-of-the-art intelligence technology and infrastructure, and other vital assistance.

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Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

At the time, Rios Montt defended his war against the “guerrilla,” indistinguishable from civilian noncombatants, in this way: “Look, the problem of the war is not just a question of who is shooting. For each one who is shooting there are ten working behind him.” Rios Montt’s press secretary added: “The guerrillas won over many Indian collaborators. Therefore, the Indians were subversives, right? And how do you fight subversion? Clearly, you had to kill Indians because they were collaborating with subversion. And then they say, ‘You’re massacring innocent people’. But they weren’t innocent. They had sold out to subversion” (Witness to Genocide, Survival International, 1983, p. 12). Or, as one of Brother Efaín’s Verbo pastors explained to a delegation of Pentecostals from California about the regime’s awesome benevolence: “The army doesn’t massacre Indians,” the Verbo pastor assured the visitors. “It massacres demons, and Indians are demons possessed; they are communists.”

A February 1983 CBS Evening News with Dan Rather program reported, Israel “didn’t send down congressmen, human rights activists or priests” to strengthen Israel’s special relationship with Guatemala. Israel “taught the Guatemalans how to build an airbase. They set up their intelligence network, tried and tested on the [Israeli-occupied Palestinian] West Bank and Gaza, designed simply to beat the Guerilla.” Time magazine (03/28/83) chimed in that Guatemalan army “outposts in the jungle have become near replicas of Israeli army field camps.” At one of these Israeli outposts replicated in Huehuetenango (among the areas hardest hit by the genocide, with the second highest number of massacres registered by a UN truth commission), Time continues: “Colonel Gustavo Menendez Herrera pointed out that his troops are using Israeli communications equipment, mortars, submachine guns, battle gear and helmets.” Naturally, as Army Chief of Staff Benedicto Lucas García had stated previously: “The Israeli soldier is a model and an example to us.”

Today’s Guatemalan power elite, firmly rooted in the same lineage of death squads that ravaged the country for decades, continues to gaze on this legacy with adoration. “If there is thriving agriculture—it’s an Israeli contribution,” hailed Guatemala’s Congressional speaker in 2009 when his government body bestowed its highest honor to Israel, adding further praise for Israel having shared its “rich experience” in security, education, and medicine over the years.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn interviewed current Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina when Molina was Rios Montt’s commander carrying out the genocide in the Nebaj area. At one point in the filmed 1982 interview, Molina shows Nairn one of his army’s artillery mortars, answering that the brand of weapon and its ammunition were provided by Israel.

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Apart from lasting accolades by Guatemala’s leaders, Israel’s participation in the repression is remembered somewhat differently by its victims, and by the children of its victims. An inter-generational memory is invoked in ongoing coalition work by students in the United States. Activists include undocumented students and young citizens alike, of Palestinian and Maya-Huehuetenango descent. Activities by organized groups cross-pollinate throughout related social struggles. They resonate from the curves of history and offer us ways to move full circle to justice.

One such bend in history can be found in a refugee-led movement that focused on the Right of Return among tens of thousands of displaced Guatemalans who, for a generation, had been living in refugee camps throughout Southern Mexico. Voices of the Guatemalan movement defended a range of issues, from de-militarization of the country to gender equality within the camps. María García Hernández, co-founder of a refugee women’s organization called Mama Maquín, described the standpoint of her group: “The Guatemalan refugee and returnee women are clear about the fact that land is the most important family possession that we have. Land is…a space where we can live and work, defend our rights and pass on our culture, customs and languages to our daughters and sons.” Such sentiment and connection to the land resounds with those of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and return.

García Hernández, whose community called for “all women of the world to fight together for a world with equality and justice,” added reflections of resilience in confronting the present and the future: “We face, with our families, the challenges of coping with the losses of war and exile….All women and men can help search for ways great and small to lead us to a resolution of our most urgent needs and the wish of all humanity to have a world of justice and peace.”

 



 

Gabriel M. Schivone is an ad hoc Steering Committee member of National Students for Justice in Palestine. He is the author of the forthcoming title, In DREAMs and Genocide Denial: U.S. Immigration and the Destruction of Guatemalan Life. 

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Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

 

Israel could not choose sides in the Cold War

A small country like Israel was not free to choose sides during the Cold War, the international confrontation between the superpowers US and USSR. Soviet foreign policy under Khrushchev supported anti-imperialist third-world struggles, notably including those of Arab nationalists, who were conveniently resentful at past wrongs suffered at the hands of Western imperialists. 
 
Arab nationalists opposed Israel on ethnic, not ideological grounds. From the 1950s on they were supported by Russia. Consequently in the 1960s Israel came to depend on US diplomatic and military support and reciprocated by aiding US imperialism wherever it could. 
 
The current Israeli government is very right-wing, and its support for the US’ dirty wars can be accurately ascribed to inherently reactionary Israeli foreign policy goals. 
 
However in the 1960s Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. Nonetheless even then, Israel supported oppression of the rebellious masses resisting US hegemony in the Americas. It had no choice, since it was hemmed in by militant Arab régimes yearning for Israel’s destruction. These régimes were allied with Russia. Russia, for its part, supported resistance against the US in Latin America. Accordingly the international left hated Israel and regarded it as an inherently imperialist power. And Israel had no choice but to assume that function. Accordingly Israel’s ignominious role in supporting Latin American oligarchies was forced upon it by an accident of history, namely the international political situation prevailing in the 1950s and 1960s.  
 
By waving the bloody shirt of past and present Israeli misdeeds in the Americas, agents of militant Islam scheme to mobilize progressives and Latin American peoples to promote the goals of worldwide Islamic hegemony. 
 
Those who disparage Israel as a colonialist venture, a “settler state”, conveniently neglect to mention that when in 1948 Zionists drove Palestinian Arabs from their soil, they were merely acting out a script written in blood by Muslim Turks and Arabs during the preceding decades. Zionists enacted the mirror image of what Muslims had long been doing and continued to do for several decades more, namely progressively expel all Jews from every Muslim-majority country in the Middle East and North Africa.  Those Arab tin-pot dictators would have scoffed at the idea of indemnifying the native Jews whom they expelled for the property they had lost and the sufferings they had undergone at the hands of the mob. 
 
Today roughly one third of Israeli Jews  are descended from Jews unceremoniously booted out of Iraq, Algeria, Egypt, and even Morocco,  which despite its peaceful reputation was extremely hostile toward Jews during the 1940s and 1950s.  
 
How come Palestinians get to play by different rules?  Simple: neighboring Arab states refused to resettle Palestinian refugees or to grant them citizenship, preferring to stockpile them on Israel’s  borders as a lurking irredentist mass waiting for the moment to pounce on its Zionist nemesis. 
 
Since the 1950s things  have changed dramatically in the Middle East. Instead of remaining the stomping grounds of vaguely progressive nationalists,  Arab countries are now dominated by a corrosively reactionary Islamist ideology that is profoundly repugnant to anyone  who believes in the ideals of emancipation, popular sovereignty and individual and collective self-determination that we inherit from the European Enlightenment and that provided the ideological drive of 19th-century revolutionaries and socialists. 
 
The fact that many leftists still consider the Arab struggle against Israel  to be somehow progressive in nature is a startling testimony to  the ability of political ideology to preserve mummified schemata dating from prior historical epochs that have long ceased to be relevant. 
 
Islamic imperialism, drawing on vast petroleum reserves and having assumed the guise of militant political Islam, now poses a far graver threat to world freedom than do the perfunctory and transparent maneuvers of US imperialism. The corrosively reactionary, repressive and obscurantist traits of political Islam constitute  a grave threat to freedom for leftists and rightists alike, the world over. 
 
By pursuing a chauvinistic and millenarian religious ideology, Palestinians have  lost any claim that they may have had to the allegiance of the world’s leftists. While vociferously claiming their purported birthright from Israel, Muslim Palestinians drove Christian Palestinians from Palestine, just as Muslims all over the world have tightened the screws on indigenous Christians,  Jews and other religious communities, not to mention atheists, free-thinkers and secularists.  
 
The Palestinian claim to Israeli land is today of the  same nature as the genocidal assaults of the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on Egyptian Copts, the accelerating expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, the machine-gun attacks by fanatical Muslims on church-goers in Pakistan and the terrorist gangs driving Iraqi Christians from their native soil. 
 
In this day and age, every leftist should view with the utmost horror  the insolent hubris with which an aggressive minority of militant Muslims the world over schemes to impose its arch-reactionary, virtually Neolithic world-view on their fellow-humans, come hell or high water. 
 
Accordingly the decision by the late Hugo Chávez to allow Muslim zealots to proselytize native Amazon tribes was not only extremely short-sighted, but a clear betrayal of the humanitarian values of the Left, which regardless of race or language suckles incessantly at the breast of unambiguously European ideals of emancipation, progress and reason that are deeply rooted in European intellectual traditions and in no others. 
 
The myth of the Palestinian struggle against an allegedly colonialist Israel has by now become merely a hollow excuse for imposing an irksome yoke of primitive superstition on an ever-increasing share of the world’s population. 
 
It is time for leftists to awake from their slumbers and see the world as it is. The Palestinian struggle is dead. It was replaced by a millenarian fanaticism that aspires to drive the world back to the Stone Age.  
 
We must steadfastly refuse to be misused as cannon fodder, fated to be sacrificed on the altar of hegemonic Islamist ambitions. Progressives and Latin American peoples have nothing to gain by a long-term strategic alliance with spaced-out Islamist kooks. Any support from that quarter is poisoned fruit. 
 
I am provoked to hysterical laughter by the idea of any Muslim country sacrificing even a tiny fraction of its well-being in order to assist Latin American struggles against imperialism. Islam consistently preaches hatred toward unbelievers. There aren’t going to be any  exceptions for Latin Americans. The instant they find it convenient, they will simply stab us in the back. 
 
As a matter of fact in the 1990s the Islamic Republic of Iran cynically murdered hundreds of Latin American civilians with its two bomb attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires. Many (but not most) of the dead were Jews – Argentine Jews born and bred on the Pampas.   
 
Common opposition to US imperialism does not cancel out the sinister threat of  ideological infiltration by truculent and feeble-minded pre-modern malarkey. 
 
Écrasez l’infâme!
Santiago Matamoros
 

While factual that Israel supported and trained these death squads with the intention of genocide, the murder of large numbers of people for the purpose of eliminating a race and culture...what was Israel's interest and how did they benfit?

Wow, the "blowback mitigating hasbara team" really needed to stitch this one up quick. Paid by the word? The letter? The characters? Cause this response is all over the place, kinda like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

Sorry, just needed to vent against the machine. Publish this, or not.

it's quite rare to read such 'quality' propaganda anonymous. pray tell, why don't you have the courage to name yourself? what is the point of hiding your identity? feeling threatened? i call bs. "Israel was governed by Zionist social democrats guided by humanitarian socialist ideals. "..hence it had no choice but to engage in genocide! what chutzpa.

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