Broadcasting Humanity: An Interview With Link TV's David Michaelis

The diary below was originally posted earlier today in my blog the, Intrepid Liberal Journal.

Two years ago, David Michaelis, an Israeli citizen and Jamal Dajani, a Palestinian-American traveled to their mutual birthplace in Jerusalem and filmed a groundbreaking documentary called "Occupied Minds". The film originally aired in 2005 and powerfully illustrated the widening gulf between two entangled peoples in pain.

Both men grew up in Jerusalem just a few miles apart but in entirely different universes. Jamal's roots in Jerusalem can be traced to the 7th century, while Michaelis was born in Jerusalem to parents who left Germany in the 1920's because of escalating anti-Semitism.

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Israel lobby and the Military College.

If you want an education I suggest you read this.  Who do you suppose the unnamed congressman is? uthors-of-israel-lobby-paper-get-warm-re ception-at-military.html

Authors of Israel Lobby Paper Get Warm Reception at Military College

It was evident to me during my visit that many at the Naval War College were familiar with the paper. By one report, the College came under pressure from an unnamed congressman to cancel the talk, but the College stuck by its cannonballs. And no, Walt and Mearsheimer weren't there to talk about the lobby--but the subject sure came up. A Lieutenant Commander Wilson rose to ask about the paper, wondering "how the Palestinians can combat the Israelis' foreign influence in the United States."

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World has long struggled to check Iran's nuclear ambitions

Myron P. Medcalf, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Officials from the United States and the United Nations are expected to vote as early as this week on a resolution allowing sanctions over Iran's declarations that it is enriching uranium, a precursor to the development of nuclear arms. Tom Maertens of Mankato understands the issue firsthand.

From 1998 to 2000, he served as the minister counselor for environment, science and technology at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and from 2000 to 2001 he was the National Security Council's director of nuclear nonproliferation. He said his primary responsibilities in Russia were to monitor dealings between the Russians and Iranians, who were suspected of obtaining nuclear weapons technology from Russia since the mid-1990s. The U.S. nonproliferation program focused on Iran during his tenure, Maertens said.

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Today's Editorial in Le Monde, on Iran

Le Monde Editorial 2 May 2006

As long as another drumbeat to war is being sounded, I suspect we can count on the English-language yellow press (a pleonasm, I know) to be fulfilling it's stenographer's role of keeping the beat. In view of this, time permitting, I will relay voices of reason from foreign press.

The following is my xlation of Le Monde's editorial on Iran, in today's edition.

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Europe is falling into the trap of believing it has the answer to what is unfortunately the wrong question: how to keep Iran from nukes. Day after day, the voice of reason becomes less and less audible. We are fabricating a crisis whose consequences will be incalculable without having the slightest idea how to face off against it.

The origins of Iran's nuclear program goes back to 1974. Even then, it had a military dimension, but no one had anything untoward to say about it when it was all about countering the Soviet threat. Iran was Israel's ally, which Washington had already permitted to arm itself with the bomb. France and Germany cooperated with Teheran without worrying much about what was to follow. Khomenei abandoned the program, but the Iranian resumed the program in the mid-80's in response to the territorial threat posed by Iraq. And Washington's attack on Baghdad in 1991 comforted them in this endeavor, as it underlined for them the vulnerability of their nation as well.

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Israel will strike Iran Oct 29,2006

  We ended work early Friday for Easter and I stopped in at the corner for a glass of wine. As a few more people trickled in, the conversation went from local school disasters (tear down six schools to build back four new ones in different places at five times the cost of rebuilding the six old ones) to Iran.   After the normal banter about peace, demanding 65% of all school money be spent in the class room, diplomatic threat, international sanctions, Congi dazzle, Bush button pushing, Cheney taking his shotgun to Ahmadinejad, and Rumsfeld being forced out, the consensus of most  was that the US will do very little to stop or alter Iran's desire for nuclear arms. Everyone is pretty sure that Bush can't get the support to start a fight with Iran and no one thinks that Russia and China will allow the UN to do anything but bluster and fume. Of all the talk only one person raised the hair on the back of my neck.  

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