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Israel’s rocket test gives Obama his Cuban missile moment

Beginning his working life in the aviation industry and trained by the BBC, Tony Gosling is a British land rights activist, historian & investigative radio journalist.

Published time: September 05, 2013 08:00
An Israeli Arrow missile soars through the air shortly after its launch in the latest test from the Palmahim air force base south of Tel Aviv 05 January 2003. (AFP Photo/Sven Nackstrand)

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the world awoke to a confused and contradictory story of two 'missile tests' off the coast of Syria. First came denials, then a series of contradictions from the US Defense Department, Navy and Israeli Defense Force.

Eventually the 'joint US/Israeli exercise' featuring Israeli 'unarmed decoy missiles' line emerged.

This unannounced 'exercise', while the region is on a hair trigger for war, paints a picture of a US president who has lost the initiative to his so-called allies. Israeli hawks are itching to shoot, annoyed by British, US and French democratic checks and balances. So the war hawks of Zion bare their talons, screech, and expect their US allies to cover their rear.

Letting missiles loose toward the Syrian coast on Tuesday was not a test, it was an Israeli provocation. In the few minutes these 'Sparrows' were whizzing toward Syria, President Assad's military had to decide whether or not to retaliate. If it were the German-designed guided missile destroyers or submarines that fired the missiles they are lucky not to be at the bottom of the Mediterranean.

Some of the older among us are experiencing deja vu. Fifty years ago during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, America and the Soviet Union peered over the edge of the nuclear abyss. US hawks were urging the president to invade Cuba before Khrushchev's nuclear missiles arrived. Kennedy wisely demurred and it later emerged tactical nuclear weapons were primed and ready for US troops had they tried it on.

At the height of the Cuban crisis, 4am on Friday October 26, US Strategic Air Command (SAC) inexplicably launched an Atlas ICBM from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base straight toward Russia.

SAC knew the Soviet military would be bracing themselves for the first nuclear strike since Nagasaki and might choose to retaliate against North America before the Atlas arrived. When the Atlas dropped into the sea, Kennedy was finally told. A bemused and disturbed president issued direct orders prohibiting ANY further test launches.

This vicious tomfoolery is precisely what President Dwight D. Eisenhower meant when he warned in his closing address on January 17, 1961 that "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence ... by the military industrial complex." The former general feared for any president who'd never been a soldier.

There can be lots of money in making war. It's an international protection racket. If you have a tame media and can't find a good reason to fight ... any old cock-and-bull story will do. 

Obama's 'Little Syria' reminds of Kennedy's 'Little Cuba'

The more fingers holding down triggers, buttons pressed and war-fighting supercomputer mice clicked, the more replenishment orders roll in and share prices edge up in real time. Since ‘Dr. Strangelove’ was made Commanding Officer those dividends just keep rolling in. 

So after Jack Kennedy's 'Little Cuba', how will Obama get on with 'Little Syria' and who are the main characters? The continent is different, but the stakes are the same, both sides look to be backed by unspeakable nuclear arsenals. 

Free Syrian Army fighters stand in front of buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo September 2, 2013. (Reuters/Molhem Barakat)

This time Zionist fundamentalist Benjamin Netanyahu has taken the role of Joker in the pack, straight out of Gotham City. A war crime is not a war crime and the UN Security Council is hooey when you're on a mission from God. Here the NATO zone mainstream media has truly missed a trick: it’s not Yahweh, but one-eyed Wotan that floats Bibi's boat.

So if the war crime orders really do come, let's hope Obama's ballistic missile security is up to scratch and whoever gives the illegal order is arrested rather than buttons being pressed. The signs are not good though: 341st Missile Wing's Colonel David Lynch in Montana was relieved of his command last month after his Malmstrom ICBM Air Force base in Montana failed its safety test.

The covert war, the arming and training of the Syrian rebels, is all but lost. Now, if the NATO-Israeli alliance openly attacks Syria, there can and will be no repeating the lies and delusions of Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq or Libya. This time the people have spoken loud and clear in Britain, through the House of Commons. 

If our so-called leaders travel any further down this bloody road to Damascus they will be declaring war not just on Syria, Iran and Russia, but on their own populations. While arms manufacturers BAe Systems and EADS share price might show a temporary spike, that is a war they can only lose.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Comments (27)

 

Greg Weber 16.11.2013 15:54

I can't wait till Obama is gone. Obama and Bush were the worst things to happen to this Country. "You can't do this" "You can't do that" That's all Obama and Bush say. I can't wait till we get a President that actually doesn't has his head up other Countries arses. Now I know why all you Russians, and other's hate us now. Trust me, us Citizens don't like it any better than you do. All we want is Peace, and get rid of our Dept... If that is even possible with Obama's stupid non-needed Spending's. Let's stop the Obama Regime Imperialism! Bring back America!

 

michael sabedra 10.09.2013 04:42

Well I am sure if everyone there had proper plumbing and G.F.I outlets in the bathrooms and kitchens, we wouldn't have all these problems there. I think they need some green grass and more trees.
Don't they get tired of fighting! Leave them alone. That part of the world has been fighting for the past 2000 years. They like it. Its normal to them. I mean what the heck are they going to do if peace prevails? If you cant outsmart the rat, you might as well feed the cat!

 

Denis 08.09.2013 15:36

Emanuele Corso 06.09.2013 14:38

I served under General LeMay's command - there was nothing offensive ever proposed.

  


'I think there are many times when it would be most efficient to use nuclear weapons. However, the public opinion in this country and throughout the world throw up their hands in horror when you mention nuclear weapons, just because of the propaganda that's been fed to them.'

'We should bomb Vietnam back into the stone age.'

Those are JUST 2 of many PUBLIC AVAILABLE quotes made by C. E. LeMay. In my opinion they speak for themselves and how dangerous his mentality was.

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