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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aim of GHW Bush's post Gulf War I Madrid conference was to dismember Israel

A soon-to-be-published book based upon stolen archives from the Kremlin argues that it was the Soviet Empire - and not the British Empire - that was responsible for the instability in our region that persists to this day. That includes being behind some of the most heinous acts of 'Palestinian' terrorism in the 1970's. But most fascinating to me - especially in light of the way that the Israeli Left lambasted then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir for resisting attending it - is that the 1991 Madrid Conference was convened as a result of an agreement between George HW Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev to dismember Israel.
From the close of World War I, the great prize of the Middle East has been the Persian Gulf. During the Cold War, America and its allies in Europe and Asia depended upon its oil for 90 percent of their energy needs; developing countries would be instantly crippled by a sharp hike in oil prices. But for the Soviets, attaining control of the Gulf could be achieved only by direct military aggression. Following the return of British forces to Kuwait in 1961 to defend the Emirate from Iraq’s Abd al-Karim Qasim—whose ambitions for Kuwait were subsequently, if temporarily, realized by Saddam Hussein—it became clear to the Soviets that the West would go to any length to defend the oil. “And so the comrades postponed the conquest of the Gulf,” writes Stroilov, “although some of them were sorely disappointed with that decision.”

What, then, was Plan B? It was “the subversion and eventual destruction of Israel.”
Though not as good as the Gulf oil fields, Israel would also be a big prize. It was the only democracy in the region, the strongest military power in the pro-Western camp and, indeed, the bridgehead of the Western world. Even more importantly, the very process of crusading (or jihadding) against Israel offered fantastic political opportunities. A besieged Israel effectively meant millions of Jewish hostages in the hands of the comrades, and the threat of genocide could intimidate the West into making great concessions in the Gulf or elsewhere. On the other hand, by making the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the central problem of the Middle East, the Soviets could exploit Arab nationalism, anti-Semitism, and even Islamic religious feelings to mobilize support for their policies. Indeed, under the banner of Arab solidarity, the socialist influence in the region grew far beyond the socialist regimes and parties.
The code-name for this operation against Israel, according to Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking defector from the Soviet Bloc, was “SIG”—Sionistskiye Gosudarstva, or “Zionist Governments.” In a National Review article, Pacepa recalls a conversation he had with KGB chairman Yuri Andropov, who envisioned fomenting “a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world. … We had only to keep repeating our themes—that the United States and Israel were ‘fascist, imperial-Zionist countries’ bankrolled by rich Jews.”

In the mid-1970s, Pacepa recalls, the KGB ordered its Eastern European sister agencies to scour the Middle East for trusted agents, train them in disinformation and terrorism, and export a “rabid, demented hatred for American Zionism.” They showered the region with an Arabic translation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and KGB-fabricated documents alleging that Israel and the United States were dedicated to converting the Islamic world into a Jewish colony.

Following the defeat of the Egyptians in the Six Day War, the Soviets came to a second realization: A conventional military confrontation with Israel, and by extension the West, carried too great a risk of escalating into nuclear war. A change of tactics was required. Gen. Alexander Sakharovsky, then head of the KGB’s intelligence arm, explained this to his East European colleagues: “[T]errorism should become our main weapon.” Sakharovsky boasted that airplane hijackings were his own invention; he decorated his office with a world map, covered in flags, each marking a successful hijacking. Though the PLO managed to unite various terrorist organizations, “the supreme headquarters of the whole network was, of course, the Kremlin,” Stroilov writes, and “the evidence accumulated at this point leaves no doubt that the whole system was invented by Moscow as a weapon against the West, and the PLO was a jewel in their crown.”

Pacepa lists examples of KGB-sponsored acts of terrorism:
November 1969, armed attack on the El Al office in Athens, leaving 1 dead and 14 wounded; May 30, 1972, Ben Gurion Airport attack, leaving 22 dead and 76 wounded; December 1974, Tel Aviv movie theater bomb, leaving 2 dead and 66 wounded; March 1975, attack on a Tel Aviv hotel, leaving 25 dead and 6 wounded; May 1975, Jerusalem bomb, leaving 1 dead and 3 wounded; July 4, 1975, bomb in Zion Square, Jerusalem, leaving 15 dead and 62 wounded; April 1978, Brussels airport attack, leaving 12 wounded; May 1978, attack on an El Al plane in Paris, leaving 12 wounded.
Stroilov’s documents indicate that the Soviets and Syrians also took credit for blowing up the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1984.
Pacepa, as some of you may recall, was the first to report explicitly that Yasser Arafat was gay.

Then there's the Madrid Conference:
Stroilov’s archives closely detail the Soviet mediation of secret negotiations between Washington and Baghdad during the fall of 1990. The superpowers apparently came near to agreement on rather extraordinary terms: Saddam would withdraw from Kuwait in exchange for a scheme, proposed by the Soviets, to hold a U.N.-sponsored international conference designed to result in the disarmament and dismemberment of Israel.

The documents show that George H.W. Bush agreed to that deal in principle—so long as the linkage was kept secret.
G. BUSH. I agree with everything you’ve said. We do not seek laurels of individual or collective victors in the fight against Saddam Hussein. But both you and I want the new order to prevail in the future world. For this, we need to find such a response which provides guarantees against an aggression in the future. As far as I see, that is exactly what many provisions of your plan are designed for.
He wanted Saddam to withdraw from Kuwait as if unconditionally; the United States would then pressure Israel to join an ostensibly unrelated “peace process.” Bush asked Gorbachev to see what Saddam thought about this. Saddam demurred: He would only agree if the deal was made openly. It is fascinating to compare Stroilov’s transcripts with the memoirs written by Bush, Brent Scowcroft, and James Baker. The latter memoirs suggest that Gorbachev wanted to mention Israel and the Palestinians in a joint public statement but then conceded the point. In fact, the argument was about a secret deal, not a public statement.
That UN-sponsored international conference was, of course, Madrid, but it was eventually sponsored by the US and the USSR.

One more little bonus. Here's a little background on current EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton:
A final note: While not discussed at length in this book, the Bukovsky archives show clearly that nuclear disarmament campaigns across Europe were largely funded by the Soviet bloc. The money was channeled through communist parties or other pro-Soviet organizations.

Baroness Catherine Ashton was the treasurer for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from 1980 to 1982. The CND was notoriously secretive about its sources of funding and refused to submit its accounts to independent audit; when it was finally forced to do so under immense pressure, the auditors discovered that 38 percent of their annual income could not be traced back to the original donors. Will Howard, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, was responsible for this part of the fund-raising.

Baroness Ashton is now the E.U. foreign policy chief, leading negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.
Read the whole thing. There's much more here that I didn't post.

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At 1:05 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

I remember listening in dismay and nervously ripping a hole in my beard while that schmuck of Itzchak Shamir, fell for the trick, and in a Polish-English, that I needed to translate to my anglo friends near me in L.A. since they couldn't understand what he was saying, gave a useless lesson of the History of Israel on live TV...instead of sending his Foreign Minister (Israel was the ONLY country represented by the Prime Minister), David Levy, who spoke fluent Arabic, and, taking advantage of the agreed upon LIVE TV BROADCAST in all the Arab countries there (Syria, Egypt) seen by everyone in all of Syria and Egypt, where they had NEVER seen an Israeli speaking live before.
David Levy could have started in Hebrew, and then continued in English for the world, saying "Now I am going to speak directly to the Arab People in their language"... And he could have continued just by saying: "You have been tricked by all your autocratic rulers into believing that all of your probelsm stem from Israel, all while your economies can't function, you are unemployed, starving, ill-fed, uneducated, with high infant mortality, bad health services, and all because you have billionaire dictators who lie to you saying that we are your problem, while they are!".
Just imagine how differently it could have all gone...and the effects on the average Arab...
Yet... Shamir could certainly not allow a "Schwartze", a "Frenk", a Moroccan Jew, to sit there side-by-side with all the other Foreign Ministers...
And by showing total lack of cavod, by showing-up not in front of Assad and Mubarak, but in front of their Foreign Ministers, he had lost already in the beginning.

At 1:10 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

Anyway, as far as GHW Bush is concerned, what is there to expect from an antisemite, son of a nazi condemned for collaboration with the enemy in 1942 (see the VERY INTERESTING: http://www.padrak.com/alt/BUSHBOOK_1.html#CHAPTER_2
and someone who already in the late seventies and early eighties had helped the PLO even with a shipload of weapons? see: "The War Against The Jews" by John Loftus.

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


While there was ample reason for Shamir not to attend, I'm not sure that sending David Levy was really the answer.

David Levy was not known for being the brightest light in the gallery (I can recall many David Levy jokes from my early years here), and he was known to be well to the left of Shamir.

If you'd suggested that he should have sent Moshe Arens, there would be much more of a basis for speculation.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

He was AT LEAST much smarter than Netanyahu...
I don't know if you were in Israel already in 1990, when Netanyahu fell for David Levy's trick of mentioning a videocassette, which came to be known as the "hot tape", which did not exist... But, always liar Netanyahu, thinking that he had been caught on tape while betraying his wife, went on to confess his betrayals and looking like a real jerk.
I don't know if you remember who won the 1991 elections (Rabin and Peres, שר"י, and what that brought upon Israel two years later: Oslo.
Of course, part of it was also due to the disastrous state of the economy and the disastrous Israeli policies during the first intifadah (where they were taking weapons away from settlers and letting mass terrorism go on and on unstopped).
In any case, Shamir was certainly not more intelligent than David Levy: he was just totally anti religious (contrary to traditionalist Levy) and better connected with the elites, not being a Frenk and having been also chief of the Mossad because of that.

At 2:27 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

Moshe Arens was the one who dealt disastrously with the intifadah and who did not even reply to Iraqi scuds falling o Israel.
All talk and nothing more.


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