A great piece by Professor Cole as usual! His perspective on ME history & current events should be required reading.
We're witnessing the most depraved comments from RepubliCon candidates this election cycle - gone is the thin veil of deception and overt fascism with its attendant hatred of enemies and calls for wholesale violence have become the norm. Trump calls for violence against citizens at his rally's openly - Is a kristallnacht next from his psychopaths?
The ME is the theatre of vicious wars and US lap-dog support for our "special ally" - Israel - that set the play in motion over decades of subversion, propaganda, and false-flag ops, including their attack on the USS Liberty. We now support vicious dictatorships in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have destroyed stability in Libya, supported Israeli wars, occupation ans destabilization in Lebanon, and "religious" expansion/theft in violation of international law in the Occupied Territories enforced by war crimes and racist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by pathological Israeli Zionism!
"Rubio’s family fled the right wing military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, in Cuba in 1956 but lauds General al-Sisi's Egyptian military dictatorship."
"the nauseating display of far right propaganda against the poor Palestinians, many of whom were ethnically cleansed from their homes in what is now Israel by Zionist forces in 1948 and again in 1967. They have been deprived of their property and any claim to the rights of citizenship in a state by ongoing Israeli theft and confined to cantons that best resemble those imposed by Apartheid South Africa. All resistance they offer to Israeli military rule and Israeli further encroachments on what little they have left is assiduously branded as terrorism. Anyone who so much as sympathizes with the plight of the world’s largest group of stateless people is branded an inciter to terrorism"
"Rubio is of course influenced by wealthy far-right Jewish donors to his campaign. The idea that Palestinians should just be left under military rule or under blockade, and should continue to have their territory stolen from them by the Israelis, and that all this is their own fault, is just obscurantism in the service of the Israeli expansionists on the far right. It will one day explode on Israel with extremely unpleasant consequences, and people like Rubio will bear a good deal of the blame."