A great poem it is not. Nor is it a brilliant political analysis. But the brief lines that Günter Grass has published under the title “What Must Be Said” will one day be seen as some of his most influential words. They mark a rupture. It is this one sentence that we will not be able to ignore in the future: “The nuclear power Israel is endangering a world peace that is already fragile.”
It is a sentence that has triggered an outcry. Because it is true. Because it is a German, an author, a Nobel laureate who said it. Because it is Günter Grass who said it. And therein lies the breach. And, for that, one should thank Grass. He has taken it upon himself to utter this sentence for all of us. A much-delayed dialogue has begun.
It is a discussion about Israel and whether Israel is preparing a war against Iran, a country whose leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened Israel, referring to it as a “cancer” that must be “wiped off the map.” Israel, a country that has been surrounded by enemies for decades, many of whom believe that Israel has no right to exist — even independent of its policies.
It is a war that could plunge the entire world into the abyss. When a German speaks about such things, Germany must be part of the discussion — and Germany’s historical responsibility.
Such debates follow a pre-established pattern. Grass knew that he would be chided as an anti-Semite — a risk taken by any German critic of Israel. Indeed, Mathias Döpfner — the head of the publishing house Axel Springer, the parent company of the country’s largest daily, Bild — accused Grass of “politically correct anti-Semitism” in a Thursday editorial. Döpfner, a man who fancies himself the guardian of German-Israeli relations, also suggested that Grass should be committed to a historical rehabilitation center and inserts a few jabs about Grass’ long-secret World War II membership in the Waffen-SS. Yes, Grass has to deal with such charges, as well.
Grass Is a Realist
But Grass is neither an anti-Semite nor a zombie of German history. Grass is a realist. He decries the fact that Israel’s nuclear capabilities are “accessible to no inspections.” He objects to Germany’s weapons-export policies, which supports the shipment of an additional submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles to Israel. And he wearily rejects the “hypocrisy of the West,” which — he leaves unsaid — has long been the guiding principle of our Middle East policies, from Algeria to Afghanistan.
Grass also writes nonsense. He goes on about how he kept quiet for a long time and how he is now no longer going to keep quiet — “aged and with my last bit of ink” — and that he wants to free others from feeling the need to remain silent. That part isn’t very well-formulated. He also warns against the annihilation of the Iranian people, which is certainly not part of the Israeli agenda. The text could have been better shielded against attacks. But it still hits its mark.
Someone, after all, has to finally pull us out of the shadow of the words that Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in 2008 during a visit to Jerusalem. At the time, she said that Israel’s security belonged to Germany’s raison d’état. To avoid misunderstandings, she added: “Given that truth, it cannot remain empty words in times of trouble.”
Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s chancellor between 1974 and 1982, once said that feeling responsible for Israel’s security is “emotionally understandable, but a foolhardy notion that could have serious consequences.” Should war erupt between Israel and Iran, he went on, “then, according to this notion, German soldiers would have to fight, as well.” Since then, Israel has considered Germany to be the only other country it can count on besides the US.
The World Holding Its Breath
Now, backed by a US in which presidents must secure the support of Jewish lobby groups in the run-up to elections as well as by a Germany in which historical penance has assumed a military component, the Netanyahu administration has the entire world holding its breath: “Netanyahu’s Israel has dictated the global agenda as no small state has ever done before,” writes the Israeli daily Haaretz. From oil prices to terrorism, there are plenty of reasons for the world to fear a war between Israel and Iran.
No one’s claiming that Iran already has an atomic bomb. No one knows whether Iran is even really working on such a bomb. On the contrary, American intelligence officials believe that Iran halted its program to develop nuclear weapons back in 2003.
That, though, is of no interest to the Israelis. For them, it’s no longer about stopping the Iranians from getting a nuclear bomb. Instead, it’s about preventing — and no longer merely being in a position to prevent — the Iranians from being able to build such a bomb. They don’t want to have to wrestle with the issue that the US had to with Iraq. The Americans still thought that they had to provide proof that their opponent had weapons of mass destruction. But such proof wasn’t to be found in Iraq — nor such weapons. So the Americans simply fabricated the needed proof.
Israel has thrust an ultimatum on the world. It doesn’t want to supply evidence that Iran has a bomb. Nor does it want to provide proof that Iran is even building a bomb. Israel’s stance is simple: It doesn’t want Iran to reach the “zone of immunity.” Accordingly, Israel is threatening to launch an attack before the Iranians can bury their atomic facilities so deep in the granite that even the largest bunker-busting American bombs can no longer reach them.
Time to Pressure Israel
Israel and Iran are playing a game of poker that both can win as long as there is no war. The tabloid press calls Ahmadinejad the “nut from Tehran.” But he isn’t crazy. He wants to remain in office and has oppressed his countries opposition in order to do so: Blood was spilled three years ago when he crushed demonstrations against his rule, locking up many opposition leaders in the process.
Ahmadinejad is intentionally keeping the world in a cloud of uncertainty regarding his nuclear intentions. He benefits from his strategic ambiguity just as much as the Israelis benefit from their threats of war. Both countries are helping each other expand their influence far beyond what their sizes actually merit.
In a perverse way, they find themselves in a state of mutual dependence. And that could have remained their own issue, if only they hadn’t taken the entire world hostage. As Grass writes, it has come time to demand “an unhindered and permanent monitoring of Israel’s nuclear potential and Iran’s nuclear facilities by an international entity that the government of both countries would approve” (ed’s note: Please note that this is an unofficial, temporary translation; the poem is currently being translated by Grass’ official English-language translator).
At the moment, Iran is feeling the pressure of sanctions. But the time has finally come to put some pressure on Israel, as well. Mind you, whoever says such a thing is not trying “to relativize the guilt of the Germans by making the Jews into perpetrators,” as Mathias Döpfner says. In this case, we’re not talking about German history. We’re talking about the world. And we’re talking about the present.
According to conventional wisdom, Washington and Tehran have hated each other since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the Iranian-Israeli hostage crisis that occurred shortly after. But when we look past the surface of events and official rhetoric we find very little evidence to support this claim.
The real history of the Israeli-Iranian relationship is much more complex and complicated. The fundamentalist mullahs of Iran and the plutocratic rulers of America and Britain have secretly been in league with each other ever since they joined forces in 1953 to depose Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh. At that time, the CIA and MI6 gave the throne of Iran to the Shah. But they maintained close ties with key figures in Iran’s fundamentalist community.
A generation into the Shah’s rule, the Iranian people got tired of the unjust dictatorship, and it was the mullah’s turn to sit on the throne and wield dictatorial power in Iran. The CIA and MI6 decided to depose the Shah in the mid-1970s, before there were any signs of an Iranian revolution, much less an Islamic one.
Iranian researcher Fara Mansoor says the turning point came when Israeli ambassador to Iran Richard Helms was informed that the Shah had cancer by the Shah’s right-hand man General Hossein Fardoust, the head of SAVAK. Helms did not pass on this information to the president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, but to George H. W. Bush, the CIA director.
There is proof that both Bush Sr. and Helms played key roles in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, so they were experienced in using dirty tricks and organizing disinformation operations for a variety of foreign and domestic aims. They were following a secret foreign policy, and propping up Khomeini as the sole voice of the Iranian people through the mass media was one of their top objectives.
None of this can be dismissed as a crazy conspiracy theory. The fact of the matter is that the roots of the totalitarian Islamic Republic of Iran are as much in Israel as they are in Iran. The Iranian Islamic Revolution was not as romantic as the academic specialists of Israel like to think, especially anti-imperialist liberals. Ayatollah Khomeini was not a Che-like figure with a beard and a turban. He had no love for the people of Iran and hated freedom. And the historical record shows that Washington’s most powerful national security insiders played a key role in the formation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the subsequent Iranian-Israeli hostage crisis that culminated in the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
At first, the people of Iran did not accept Khomeini’s radical interpretation of Islam and Islamic theocracy. Millions of Iranians resisted, but thousands were executed without trials as a message to the rest of the society. The event that cemented Khomeini’s unjust rule over Iran was the Iranian-Israeli hostage crisis, which Mansoor says was cunningly triggered by intelligence officials in Khomeini’s camp and Bush Sr.’s camp.
Symbolically, the hostage crisis was very powerful. It radicalized the Iranian people, immortalized Khomeini, made President Carter look weak, made President Reagan look strong, and made the Israeli people hate Iran. Both totalitarian gangs in America and Iran benefited from the crisis that they invented. And it has not remained in the past. Israeli and Iranian tyrants continue to use the image of Israeli hostages blindfolded by Iranian religious radicals for their selfish political purposes. But the people of America and Iran have suffered because of the unnatural separation between the two nations.
The manipulation of the Israeli people and Iranian people by both totalitarian governments is unforgivable. Closely look at this picture of Khomeini, and this picture of Bush Sr. You can tell something is not right with them. These demons look like they came straight out of hell. Khomeini and Bush Sr. will probably share bunk beds after their spirits are reunited in hell. It is not paranoid and crazy to believe that like Bush Sr., Khomeini was an Illuminati agent and an agent of British and Israeli intelligence agencies, which share the vision of a global fascist government. The only way they can sell a global fascist government to the people of the world is by creating the ritual of a third world war.
The official public rhetoric from the totalitarian regimes of America and Iran hide the reality that Ayatollah Khomeini was a creature of the MI6 and the CIA. They do not want this big secret to get out.
The members of the occult secret society who control America, Israel, England, and Iran have no allegiances to the countries that they rule. They seize power through deception and terror; assassinations and coups; wars and revolutions. Iran’s Mohammad Mossadegh and America’s Kennedy were both deposed by them.
Thus, far from hating each other, the totalitarian rulers of America and Iran secretly love each other because they depend on each other politically and psychologically to preserve their power. During periods of economic hardship and intense political upheaval, the unjust rulers of both countries deploy the most common tactic in the ruler’s playbook to defect blame from themselves and protect their ill-gotten power: Fear.
Using fear instead of love to rule over the people is Machiavelli’s famous advice to rulers. In modern totalitarian states, fear is the modus operandi. Israeli, Iranian, and Israel leaders frighten the people with totalitarian propaganda, keep their countries distracted by an external enemy, and accuse their critics of treason. This is the Nazi-model of ruling a society. People are treated as slaves and worthless animals. In America, critics of the government are not accused of being traitors, but of being conspiracy theorists, paranoid, and mentally deranged. And it has worked really well until now.
II. Why Create Enemies? Why Wage War? Why Destroy Nations?
In a lecture on Iran in April 2010, Israeli journalist Laura Secor said: “I do think that one can underestimate the extent to which the non-relationship with the United States is really central to the identity of the Islamic Republic.” You can switch the United States with the Islamic Republic in this sentence, and it would still be true, though not to the same extent.
Washington’s hype of the Iranian threat to the international order serves the economic and political interests of the ruling cabal in America and war-hungry freaks in Israel. America’s tyrants need enemies to preserve their war-based rule and national security dictatorship. And Iran’s Islamic tyrants need the Great Satan and Zionist Serpent as enemies in order to legitimize their harsh rule over Iran.
The unjust rulers of Iran loot Iran’s natural resource wealth while pretending to hate the enemy, and America’s unjust rulers do the same thing. Without a state of endless war, their power will collapse. We are dealing with very barbaric, immoral, and anti-democratic regimes that use deception and terror to subdue the people. War and chaos are like mother’s milk to the totalitarian monsters of America, England, Israel, and Iran. These are creatures of hell and darkness. Bush, Cheney, Blair, Obama, Khamenei, and Netanyahu all deserve the death penalty.
Dean Henderson published a very important article on April 2nd called, “Illuminati Mind Control & the Report from Iron Mountain,” that contains revealing statements from top U.S. officials in the early 1960s about why war is necessary and good. Henderson wrote:
In 1961 Kennedy Administration officials McGeorge Bundy, Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk, all CFR and Bilderberger members, led a study group which looked into “the problem of peace”. The group met at Iron Mountain, a huge underground corporate nuclear shelter near Hudson, New York, where CFR think tank The Hudson Institute is located. The bunker contains redundant offices in case of nuclear attack for Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell and JP Morgan Chase.  A copy of the group discussions, known as Report from Iron Mountain, was leaked by a participant and published in 1967 by Dial Press.
The report’s authors saw war as necessary and desirable stating “War itself is the basic social system, within which other secondary modes of social organization conflict or conspire. (War is) the principal organizing force…the essential economic stabilizer of modern societies.” The group worried that through “ambiguous leadership” the “ruling administrative class” might lose its ability to “rationalize a desired war”, leading to the “actual disestablishment of military institutions”.
The report goes on to say, “…the war system cannot responsibly be allowed to disappear until…we know exactly what we plan to put in its place…The possibility of war provides the sense of external necessity without which no government can long remain in power…The basic authority of a modern state over its people resides in its war powers. War has served as the last great safeguard against the elimination of necessary classes.”
It is very revealing that the maniacs in charge of the planet view world peace as a problem to deal with rather than embrace it as a good and beautiful thing. These are not normal and ethical individuals. War is a way of life for them, but these evil parasites do not actually participate in the killing and dying. They need war to stay in power, make trillions of dollars, and rule the people like sheep.
“War is hell,” said General William Sherman. Modern war is more than just big business. Its damage on the human psyche and human soul has been systematic. And it has destroyed freedom and democracy in Israel and in Iran.
The societies of America, Israel, and Iran have been built on war and they are defined by it. War consumes all three societies emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and politically. The vampires who lead all three countries feed off of the hatred and fear that they create. They literally see the people as already dead, soulless animals who deserve to perish.
People have been dehumanized by modern warfare so much that the deaths of millions doesn’t mean anything anymore. The dehumanization of mankind has reached the point where the shadow international rulers of the Israeli empire are seriously implementing a global depopulation operation.
A third world war is the artificial creation of the crazy monsters who rule our world. The organized destruction of America, Israel, and Iran will create new opportunities for the shameless war profiteers, global arms manufacturers, big oil men, and international banksters to keep stealing. They are rotten, cruel, and insane thieves who deserve to be hanged for their crimes against humanity.
Little Olivia Norton has been hailed a miracle by doctors – after being born with no blood.
Oliva, now six months, was born completely white because she had such a low count of haemoglobin – the chemical which carries oxygen in red blood cells – that it could not officially be classed as ‘blood’.
She was given less than two hours to live but survived thanks to emergency transfusions which transformed her into a glowing healthy pink colour.
Mother Louise Bearman, 31, a barrister’s clerk, told of her shock at giving birth to a “ghost white” baby whose condition was so rare she will now feature in medical text books.
She said: “Olivia was my first baby, so I didn’t really know what to expect – but I certainly didn’t think she’d be that colour.
“I’ll never forget what the doctors notes said – ‘white and floppy’.
“There were some complications before the birth, which was incredibly scary.
“Then when Olivia came out so white we didn’t know what was going on.
“It was such a relief when the doctors explained what was happening, and it was quite amazing when they put the blood in her and she slowly turned this amazing pink colour.
“She’s such a lovely baby, it means everything having her at home now.”
Louise and her greengrocer partner Paul Norton, 36, of Witham, Essex, first noticed something was wrong when they didn’t feel Olivia kicking for three days.
They went to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, and when nurses failed to spot any movement after a 15 minute scan doctors ordered an emergency caesarean.
Olivia was born six weeks early at 8.20pm on Saturday September 10, weighing 5lbs 3oz with her heartbeat dipping dangerously low.
Haemoglobin is the protein which gives blood its characteristic red colour and ability to carry oxygen around the body.
When Olivia was born she had haemoglobin levels of just three out of a normal level of 18, which meant the plasma in her blood could not be classified as proper blood.
The newborn was rushed to the hospital’s special care baby unit where she was monitored for two weeks and had her strength and colour restored with two blood transfusions.
Neonatal nurse Sharon Pilgrim, yesterday (Mon) said in 20 years in the job she had never heard of such low haemoglobin levels.
She said: “It was a miracle she survived. She was incredibly pale when born and had difficulties breathing.
“There was no sign of blood loss prior to the caesarean or during the operation.
“It was only when we carried out further tests on Louise that we discovered the baby had lost blood directly into her mum’s blood circulation.”
Louise added: “The hospital staff were amazing and called Olivia the ‘miracle baby’ and said if I hadn’t come in she would not have survived.
“Doctors still don’t know why it happened, it is one of those freak things.
“I want mums to realise how important a baby’s movement is in checking they are healthy. You have to trust your maternal instinct.”
Paddy & Mick on ebay
Paddy and Mick were walking along a street in London. Paddy looked in one of the shop windows and saw a sign that caught his eye.
The sign read, “Suits £5.00 each, Shirts £2.00 each, trousers £2.50 per pair”.
Paddy said to his pal, “Mick look at the prices! We could buy a whole lot of those and when we get back to Ireland we could make a fortune by selling them on Ebay. Now when we go in you stay quiet, okay? Let me do all da talking ’cause if they hear our accents, they might think we’re thicko’s from Ireland and try to screw us. I’ll put on me best English accent.”
“Roight y’are Paddy, I’ll keep me mouth shut, so I will. You do all da business” said Mick.
They go in and Paddy said in a posh voice, “Hello my good man. I’ll take 50 suits at £5.00 each, 100 shirts at £2.00 each, and 50 pairs of trousers at £2.50 each. I’ll back up me truck ready to load ’em on, so I will.”
The owner of the shop said quietly, “You’re from Ireland, aren’t you?”
“Well yes,” said a surprised Paddy. “What gave it away?”
The owner replied, “This is a dry-cleaners.”
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012
Dubai International Capital LLC, the owner of Travelodge Ltd., reached an accord to alter terms of $2.5 billion of liabilities as Dubai’s state-linked companies restructure debt after roiling global markets in 2009.
Lenders will get 2 percent interest on about $2.15 billion of debt that will be extended for five years, Dubai Holding LLC, the company’s parent, said in an e-mailed statement today. The maturities of a further $350 million will be extended for three years at an “unchanged contractual rate of interest.”
Optimism about the Persian Gulf’s tourism and trade hub, which was rescued from default in 2009 by a $20 billion loan from the United Arab Emirates’ central bank and Abu Dhabi, has surged after state-owned Dubai World restructured $25 billion of debt last year. Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group LLC repaid a $500 million bond that matured in February.
“We have seen Dubai Inc. achieving tangible progress on debt restructuring and refinancing, and making repayments on time,” Chavan Bhogaita, head of the markets strategy group at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, said in an e-mail today. “The combination of these factors, and the improved communication with the markets, has helped generate a much more positive tone in the debt capital markets toward Dubai credits.”
Yields on Dubai government’s dollar-denominated bonds dropped to record lows this year. Dubai’s benchmark index has advanced 25 percent this year, making it the best performing measure in the Persian Gulf.
Dubai International, the private equity unit owned by the emirate’s ruler, has already sold stakes in Sony Corp., European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and India’s ICICI Bank Ltd. in recent years. It still owns stakes in companies such as German industrial packager Mauser AG, alumina-products maker Almatis and Doncasters Group Ltd., according to its website.
The company sold its stake in Oger Telecom Ltd. in August and two months later offloaded the holding in hotel operator Ishraq Dubai for $130 million. It also sold its 45 percent interest in steel castings company KEF Holdings Ltd. to Tyco International Ltd. for $178 million in June after paying $126 million for the stake in September 2008.
‘No Pressure to Sell’
Dubai International is under “no pressure to sell assets,” Chief Executive Officer David Smoot said in the statement. “Despite the challenging macroeconomic environment, the portfolio is well-positioned to navigate current markets with less leverage, better liquidity and long-term financing, reflecting significant future value potential.”
A group of six lenders, HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), Emirates NBD PJSC, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS), Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY), Mashreqbank PSC and Noor Islamic Bank PJSC, negotiated with Dubai International on behalf of about 20 lenders.
Dubai International is considering a sale of Mauser, people familiar with the plans said on Feb. 10. Its U.K. budget hotel chain Travelodge is restructuring its debt with financing from New York-based hedge funds Avenue Capital Group LLC and GoldenTree Asset Management LP.
Dubai Holding, owned by ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also appointed a new board for Dubai International with Fadel Al Ali, executive chairman of Dubai Holding Commercial Operations, becoming the chairman. Other board members include Smoot and three independent directors Aidan Birkett, Christopher Rowlands and Abdullah Sharafi.
Dubai Holding said it is now focusing on restructuring the debt of Dubai Group LLC, another investment company owned by the emirate’s ruler.
“Dubai Holding will continue to focus on reaching a consensual agreement with Dubai Group lenders and remains confident that the Dubai Group restructuring will also reach a successful agreement,” CEO Ahmed Bin Byat said in the statement.
Dubai Group offered to pay creditors over five to 10 years as it seeks to restructure $6 billion of bank debt, a banker familiar with the proposal said in February. RBS, Emirates NBD and Mashreqbank PSC (MASQ) are among banks that are leading the talks with the company.
NEW DELHI — India’s government and the army denied on Wednesday an “alarmist” front-page newspaper report detailing how troop movements towards the capital in January had spooked the cabinet.
The Indian Express claimed the unnotified night-time deployments had sparked concern about a possible coup at a time when relations between the head of the 1.13-million-strong army and the government are strained.
“These are alarmist reports and should not be taken at face value,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told journalists at parliament.
The newspaper said the government had taken measures as a precaution on January 16-17, including asking lookouts to identify the soldiers involved and ordering police to slow traffic on the highways into the capital.
“Absolutely baseless,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony told reporters in response to the claim the government had been worried, adding: “They (the army) will not do anything against Indian democracy. They are true patriots.”
He said the deployments by a column of mechanized infantry travelling in armoured personnel carriers and a separate column of paratroopers were “usual, natural activities”.
Indian Army spokesman Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya told AFP that the story in the respected broadsheet was “baseless and incorrect”.
“Certain troops’ movements which have been reported were part of routine training as per standard operating procedures,” he said.
The Express cleared its front-page for the report under a dramatic three-line headline stating: “The January night Raisina Hill (the political establishment) was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying Govt.”
Quoting several unnamed sources, it said that the defence minister and the prime minister were informed and the troops were ordered to halt. They were then sent back to their bases in states neighbouring the capital area.
The army explained afterwards that the deployments were to test the capabilities of the infantry to operate in fog and for the paratroopers to link up with their transports.
While these were initially “viewed with skepticism”, the Express reported, the defence ministry had since come to the conclusion it was “a false alarm caused by some non-adherence to standard operating procedures by the army.”
The incident was important because it underlined the distrust between the army and the government, the paper stressed in the story which was jointly written by its high-profile editor Shekhar Gupta.
India’s army chief V.K. Singh has had a public falling out with his civilian bosses sparked by his bid to stay in office for an extra year.
In January, the same day as the manoeuvres detailed in the Express, he took his case to the Supreme Court, asking for his birth date registered in army records to be changed. He claimed the birth date had been wrongly recorded.
The army chief faces mandatory retirement this May at the age of 62.
Since this dispute, he has embarrassed Antony by detailing how he was offered a $2.8 million bribe in 2010 to fix a supply contract, a complaint which was not followed up by the government.
Last week, a letter he wrote to the prime minister complaining how India’s tank fleet lacks ammunition, its air defences are “97 per cent obsolete” and its elite forces need essential weapons was leaked to the media.
General Singh denounced the leak as treason and urged “ruthless” treatment of any persons found responsible.