Robert Fisk interviewed by a hostile Australian journalist on the situation in Iraq. (September 30)
Things to keep in mind as you listen:
a) Iraq is a modern variant of "Uruk" - in Mesopotamia/Babylon - is at least 5000 years old - and is not an arbitrary western invention. (contrary to the contempory repeated assertions of an army of "liberal" journalists [eg: Ritt Goldstein])
b) Y'sra el (Hebrew for "wrestle with God" - Israel) maintains a 3000 year old grudge against Babylon.
c) in 1982, Oded Yinon of Israel published a plan for Iraq - to break it it into 3 little ethno-centric pieces.
From the Zionist fatwah against Iraq issued in 1982,
translated by Israel Shahak:
Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties
KIVUNIM; Issue No, 14--Winter, 5742, February 1982
[translated by Israel Shahak]
[...] Lebanon's total dissolution into five provinces serves as a precendent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula and is already following that track. The DISSOLUTION of SYRIA AND IRAQ later on INTO ETHNICALLY or RELIGIOUSLY UNIQUE AREAS such as in Lebanon, IS ISREAEL'S PRIMARY TARGET on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.
[...] IRAQ, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other,
is GUARANTEED as a CANDIDATE for ISRAEL's TARGETS.
Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon. In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So,
three (or more) states will exist
around the three major cities:
Basra, Baghdad and Mosul,
and SHI'ITE areas in the south
WILL SEPERATE FROM the SUNNI
AND KURDISH north.
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