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Israel’s ‘periphery doctrine’ of non-Arab friends is in tatters

By boulos on June 30, 2010

After reading Glenn Greenwald’s scathing rebuke several days ago, Jeffrey Goldberg composed himself enough to respond by inviting Greenwald to visit Iraqi Kurdistan, and let the rest of us know who is in his rolodex:

“As it happens, I was e-mailing yesterday with the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Barham Salih, and I mentioned Greenwald’s critique.”

Goldberg’s contact with Barham Salih represents what is now one of the few tattered survivals of Israel’s ‘Periphery Doctrine,’ in which the Jewish state sought to offset the rejection it experienced from neighboring Arab regimes through alliances with the non-Arab states ringing the Arab world–Turkey, Ethiopia, Iran–and with minorities inside the Arab world like the Kurds and the Maronites.  This policy hasn’t had a very good run.  It was only a few days ago at Foreign Policy that Leon Hadar actually wrote its obituary.Israel has systematically lost its friends at the periphery–Iran, Ethiopia and now Turkey. Its adventures and attempts at kingmaking in Lebanon ended with tens of thousands of civilians killed, the Maronites politically emasculated, a decades-long occupation and war which traumatized its army, the politicization and militarization of the Lebanese Shi’ite community and the emergence of Hizbullah. Very recent history has shown Israel’s supporters in the US reacting against Turkey with the hurt and anger of a scorned lover: Goldberg himself stated with perverse glee

“I hope to be blogging more about Turkey’s disgraceful treatment of its Kurdish citizens!”

Mark Arax, among others, has documented the shameful, transparently expedient, volte face that the Israel Lobby took on the issue of the Armenian Genocide post-Flotilla.

One wonders how long this Kurdish-Zionist connection will last. When it does collapse, will Goldberg suddenly look forward to blogging about the treatment of Christian minorities by Kurds in Turkey (which is not good)?  Or will other Zionist apologists suddenly discover that it was Kurds who did much of the actual killing on the ground in the Armenian Genocide and not Turks?

One wonders.

July 2, 2010 - Posted by | Wars for Israel

2 Comments »

  1. With all this tap dancing they’re doing with secret meetings with Erdogan, they think he’s such a stupid f*ck that he can’t see all they are kissing up to him for is the use of his airspace to whack Iran.

    Which, by the way, would put Turkey on Iran’s ‘most favored for a nice massive retaliatory strike’ list, too!

    I truly hope that Iran beats the living piss out of Israel this time around before the pieces of shit in the U.S. get their shorts in a wad and start to drop nukes on Teheran in retaliation for losing all of the U.S. fleet assets in the general vicinity of Iran.

    I think the only lynch pin that stops Israel from attacking Iran is the Saudi Arabians. If they cave and say; “uh, yeah, we’ll unplug our air defense radar network on such and such day, just don’t tell anyone we gave you the shutdown schedule..”, then it’s a fait accompli that Israel and the U.S.S.A. will do the dirty deed.

    Technically, the way I see it, Israel will stike first, then the U.S.S.A. will pretend they were drawn in when they lose two or three aircraft carriers in the region to direct hits by cruise missiles. Then, of course, the U.S.S.A. will lambaste Iran and mass murder about ten million Iranian’s for Israel.

    But the U.S.S.A. won’t be able to withstand the endless, incessant retaliatory strikes from Iran’s friends who’ll then say; “enough is goddamned ENOUGH, you mass murdering sleazy filth!” and then start carrying the attack to the U.S.S.A.’s mot vulnerable assets and troops in Iraq and Afghanistvietnam.

    how does one spell WORLD WAR GODDAMNED THREE?????

    Comment by Turks were about the only people who marginally tolerated their scummy butts, except the filthy vermin in the beltway of Washingtoon, District of Corruption | July 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. here is what will happen, if the USSA and Israel do attack Iran, then the world’s jews and those people from the states traveling around the world, will be attacked. And why not, if my family is going to die from the nuke material that the Zionists, will throw at Iran, then why not.

    Comment by ZIONIST BS | July 3, 2010 | Reply


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