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Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 15:26:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Israel Shamir :Orient Express

Israel Shamir: Orient Express

                       Friday, September 14 2001 -AT-
06:28 AM BST

                       They vanished in flames and
smoke, and we do not yet
                       know who they were. They could
be practically anybody:
                       American Nationalists, American
Communists, American
                       Fundamentalist Christians,
American Anarchists ... 

                       By Israel Shamir 

                       Like the Four Riders of the
Apocalypse, the unknown
                       kamikaze rode their giant
crafts into the two visible
                       symbols of American world
domination, Wall Street and
                       the Pentagon. They vanished in
flames and smoke, and
                       we do not yet know who they
were. They could be
                       practically anybody: American
Nationalists, American
                       Communists, American
Fundamentalist Christians,
                       American Anarchists, anybody
who rejects the twin gods
                       of the dollar and the M-16, who
hates the stock market
                       and interventions overseas, who
dreams of America for
                       Americans, who does not want to
support the drive for
                       world domination. They could be
Native Americans
                       returning to Manhattan, or
Afro-Americans who still have
                       not received compensation for

                       They could be foreigners of
practically any extraction, as
                       Wall Street and the Pentagon
ruined many lives of people
                       all over the globe. Germans can
remember the fiery
                       holocaust of Dresden with its
hundreds of thousands of
                       peaceful refugees incinerated
by the US Air Force.
                       Japanese will not forget the
nuclear holocaust of
                       Hiroshima. The Arab world still
feels the creeping
                       holocaust of Iraq and
Palestine. Russians and East
                       Europeans feel the shame of
Belgrade avenged. Latin
                       Americans think of American
invasions of Panama and
                       Granada, of destroyed Nicaragua
and defoliated Colombia.
                       Asians count their dead of
Vietnam war, Cambodia
                       bombings, Laos CIA operations
in millions. Even a
                       pro-American, Russian TV
broadcaster could not refrain
                       from saying, 'now Americans
begin to understand the
                       feelings of Baghdad and

                       The Riders could be anybody who
lost his house to the
                       bank, who was squeezed from his
work and made
                       permanently unemployed, who was
declared an
                       Untermensch by the new
Herrenvolk. They could be
                       Russians, Malaysians,
Indonesians, Pakistanis, Congolese,
                       as their economy was destroyed
by Wall Street and the
                       Pentagon. They could be
anybody, and they are
                       everybody. Their identity is
quite irrelevant, but the Jews
                       already decided: it has to be

                       One would think, after
Oklahoma, we should become less
                       hasty with our conclusions. But
my countrymen, Israeli
                       politicians are impatient folk.
The flames in Manhattan did
                       not die out yet, they started
political profit taking. Mr
                       Ehud Barak came live on BBC,
and said 'Arafat' within
                       three minutes flat. On CNN, his
twin Bibi Natanyahu
                       appropriated the blame to
Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians.
                       Shimon Peres, an old wizened
wizard, spoke against
                       suicide as a psychiatric
adviser, reminding his audience of
                       Palestinian attacks. He looked
worried: it is hard to
                       enslave people who are not
afraid to die. This old killer of
                       Kana even mentioned Gospels.
Density of Israelis on the
                       air approached the saturation
point. They insinuated and
                       incited, pushing their shopping
list into a chalk-white face
                       of shell-shocked America:
please, destroy Iran! And Iraq!
                       And Libya, plees! 

                       The first twenty four hours of
maximal exposure were
                       utilised by the Jewish
propaganda machine to its utmost.
                       Not a single fact was yet
known, but racist anti-Arab
                       slurs became a commonplace.
While we Jews quite
                       reasonably object to any
reference to the Jewishness of
                       a bad guy, we really do not
mind producing revolting
                       racist drivel of our own. A
good Jewish-American activist,
                       James Jordan, warned in
al-Awda: "Making broad,
                       all-inclusive statements and
insinuations about "Jews"
                       completely marginalizes and
discredits your organization".
                       But how come the endless stream
of 'broad, all-inclusive
                       statements and insinuations',
about 'the Arabs' did not
                       'completely marginalized and
discredited' the Jewish
                       organisations and media who
practice it? Apparently, it is
                       a Jewish right to decide who
will be marginalized in
                       America and who will not. 

                       The connection was in the
minds. The American Jewish
                       supremacists want to turn all
the world into Palestine,
                       where the natives will enjoy
harsh local rule and limited
                       local rights, while the master
race will have a rather
                       different level of life. Israel
is just a small-scale model of
                       their new brave world of

                       As there were no hard facts
against Palestinians, the
                       Israelis made their damnedest
from the scenes of joy
                       shot in East Jerusalem. It is a
rather weak point, and I'll
                       tell you why. In Agatha
Christie's Murder on the Orient
                       Express, her favourite
detective M. Poireau encounters
                       an unusual complication: all
passengers on board the
                       train have had a good reason to
bump off the unpleasant
                       old lady. My dear American
friends, your leaders placed
                       your great country into the old
lady's shoes. 

                       Israelis used the event to the
max. They even killed some
                       ten Palestinians and destroyed
five Goyiish houses in
                       Jerusalem. The reports were
rather gleeful, in the style
                       'we told you', and the experts
of Israeli TV concluded by
                       one o'clock, the attack 'was
good for the Jews'. Why? It
                       would strengthen American
support of Israel. 

                       The kamikaze attack could do
exactly that. America
                       could enter a new cycle of
violence in its troubled
                       relations with the world.
Revenge will follow revenge,
                       until one of the sides will be
obliterated by nuclear blast.
                       It appears president Bush
prefers this course. He
                       declared war on his and
Israel's adversaries. Bush did not
                       even understand that the war
was declared by the US
                       many years ago, only now it
started to come home. So
                       many people are sick of
America's ham-fisted approach,
                       that the countdown for the next
attack began. 

                       Alternatively, America could
see this painful strike at her
                       Wall Street and her Pentagon,
as the last call to repent.
                       She should change her advisers,
and build her relations
                       with the world afresh, on equal
footing. Probably she
                       should rule in the
domination-obsessed Jewish
                       supremacist elites of Wall
Street and media, part
                       company with the apartheid
Jewish state. She could
                       become again the universally
loved, rather parochial
                       America of Walt Whitman and
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford
                       and Abe Lincoln. 

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