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Friday, March 28, 2003  

••Perles of Wisdom for the Feithful••

Today when i was reorganizing and archiving my email folders, i stumbled on an old email i'd sent to the NY Times' OpEd writer, economist Paul Krugman last fall.

In my email, i'd enclosed this article titled "Perles of Wisdom for the Feithful" that i'd read in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz back on Oct/3/02; of course, it never found it's way into any mainstream American newsmedia;

However, when read again in context to what we know now about 1997 Project for the New American Century's "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century" (PDF File) (which after Sept. 11/01 was implemented into what became the Bush Doctrine) and the 1996 Policy Paper Clean Break: "A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" drawn up for Israel and Likudnik hawk Prime Minister Netanyahu who was Prime Minister at that time -- and put into context with what we also know about who the key playas are behind both those Policy Papers and Strategies, who i must add, also happen to now be in key positions of power in the Bush Administration and the Pentagon (even as Richard Perle tenders his "resignation" from his position as Chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board), this story resonates with new meaning.

Add to this, the current backdrop of the war now being waged on Iraq lead by the Bush administration, and it only aides in casting more daylight on the Neocons' intent for restructuring the geopolitical map in that region of the world.

The question remains: for what purpose(s) and to what ends?

* [NOTE]: the link still seems to work, and the piece is still there at their site in the archived section; however the date of origin is gone, and only the current date is time stamped.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"It's true that restoring a monarchy in Iraq does not exactly fit the Bush administration's vision of a democratic Middle East. But there are signs that it fits some old dreams of a few of the key strategists around the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld triangle running America's Iraq policy.

A few weeks ago, Richard Perle invited the Pentagon chiefs to a meeting with researchers from a Washington think tank with particularly close relations with the Defense Department.

According to information that reached a former top official in the Israeli security services, the researchers showed two slides to the Pentagon officials.

The first was a depiction of the three goals in the war on terror and the democratization of the Middle East: Iraq - a tactical goal, Saudi Arabia - a strategic goal, and Egypt - the great prize.

The triangle in the next slide was no less interesting: Palestine is Israel, Jordan is Palestine, and Iraq is the Hashemite Kingdom."

posted by voxpopgirl | 3/28/2003