People are talking about Bibi’s cartoon bomb, but Israel’s campaign to start a war between Washington and Tehran proceeds on multiple levels. Here for instance is a New York street demo against Ahmadinejad. Passing by, Philip Weiss asks a young woman involved in the street theater (ostensibly protesting against Iranian human rights abuses) whether the protests had anything to do with Israel. No, absolutely not, we’re interested in Iranian human rights. But Weiss probably already knew the answer to his question, because Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger had written about the “human rights” group, Iran 180, here. Key point–the so-called human rights group was launched by Marco Greenberg of Thunder 11, a public relations group which has contracts to the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Greenberg had previously worked as a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces and AIPAC and sold Israeli bonds to state pension plans. None of this illegal of course. But just to note–when the anti-Iran street theater woman told Phil Weiss that her event had “nothing to do” with Israel, she was lying.
On another level, there are the people working conference rooms on Capitol Hill trying to start a war. Here Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (a think tank spinoff of AIPAC, designed to disseminate AIPAC arguments under a more neutral brand name) makes the case for a false-flag provocation to draw Iran and the US into war. Clawson understands that the US military and intelligence agencies think a war against Iran would be a disaster for the US and world economy, but he wants one anyway. Perhaps a false flag operation– something like a masked Israeli attack on a US frigate–as the Lavon affair–would detonate the conflagration that no responsible American wants.