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Feb 19, 2002 at 10:31 PM

Iraq and Palestine: Two Fronts of the Same WarShared Vision 

There’s a connection between US war plans for Iraq and Israel’s war against the Palestinians. The symmetry of Israeli and US interests is openly talked about by top strategists in the Bush administration. The vision: US control of the Middle East with Israel as the strongest power in the region.

Shared Interests

The US wants control of the land, resources and people of the Middle East. After “liberating” Iraq, the US and its allies would want to be compensated for their efforts with oil revenues and contracts, cutting out their competition. By controlling the world’s second largest oil reserve they’d prevent Iraq, with or without Saddam Hussein, from rivaling Israel for regional domination....

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Blood and Champagne
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If a person in the street were asked to name the area of enterprise in which we Israelis excel, his answer would probably be: Hi-Tech. And indeed, in this area we have recorded some impressive achievements. It seems as if hardly a day passes without an Israeli start-up company that was born in a garage being sold for hundreds of millions. Little Israel is one of the major hi-tech powers in the world.

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