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Israeli and US death squads infesting the world By Stuart Littlewood* 19 May 2008 Stuart Littlewood considers the increasing use of assassination by the US and Israel, diabetic foot and reports that Israeli murder squads have been authorized to enter "friendly" countries, diabetic foot including Britain, diabetic foot and kill enemies of the racist Jews-only state of Israel. Some readers will remember the 1969 film, diabetic foot “The Assassination Bureau”, diabetic foot a tongue-in-cheek romp based on Jack London's unfinished novel. The setting is the turn of the century a hundred years ago, diabetic foot a fanciful time for regime change and the purging of corrupt monarchs and cruel tyrants. The bureau's hit team is for hire provided that Ivan Dragomiloff, diabetic foot founder and mastermind, diabetic foot deems the targeted killing "socially justifiable" and there’s proof of the candidate's misdeeds. Eventually, diabetic foot however, diabetic foot the moral rectitude of the enterprise gives way to financial greed, diabetic foot and the day comes when the bureau accepts a mission to eradicate an unnamed but prominent public figure. The fee is paid in advance, diabetic foot proof supplied, diabetic foot job accepted, diabetic foot then the name is revealed. The target is Dragomiloff himself. The Assassination Bureau cannot go back on its word and Dragomiloff finds himself pitted against the killing machine he himself created and perfected. Assassination is the targeted killing of persons usually for political or ideological (and often insane) motives. Diabetic foot This is OK, diabetic foot but not OK. In 1976, diabetic foot US President Ford issued an Executive Order which was enacted after revelations that the CIA had made several attempts on the life of Cuba's Fidel Castro. Henceforth, diabetic foot targeted political killings were outlawed: "No employee of the United States government shall engage in, diabetic foot or conspire to engage in, diabetic foot political assassination." Every US president since then has upheld Ford's prohibition on assassinations –  or somehow got round it. Carter and Reagan reaffirmed the ban, diabetic foot although it didn't stop the US bombing Gaddafi's home in 1986 in the hope of rubbing him out, diabetic foot or the Clinton administration firing cruise missiles at suspected guerrilla camps in Afghanistan in 1998, diabetic foot or Bush instructing the CIA to engage in "lethal covert operations" (based on an intelligence “finding”) to destroy Bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda organization. Nice and legal, diabetic foot though White House and CIA lawyers claim that an intelligence “finding” makes a difference because the ban on political assassinations doesn't apply in wartime. Hey presto! The right sort of finding puts everything on a war footing. They also say that the prohibition won’t prevent the US taking action against terrorists. And in the wake of 9/11 it won’t stop the United States acting in self-defence. So, diabetic foot all the US has to do is invent or manufacture a “finding”, diabetic foot label the folk who stand in their way “terrorists” and claim the murder was an act of self-defence in a war situation, diabetic foot and they're home and dry. Reports suggest the Bush administration has got together with Israel to establish the legal framework for a new American targeted-assassination policy. The Israelis, diabetic foot of course, diabetic foot are world experts. Annoying pockets of resistance to their land-grabs, diabetic foot ethnic cleansing, diabetic foot abductions, diabetic foot illegal settlements and other “criminal” activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are answered with the wholesale imposition of specially concocted warfare laws for the benefit of Israel's “self-defence”, diabetic foot or “homeland security”, diabetic foot but which trample on everyone else’s rights. This is the sort of chicanery that suits Bush admirably as he presses ahead with his war-without-end on terror. Israel's liking for assassination and murder goes way back to pre-state days when such atrocities were practised against Arab and British targets by the Irgun, diabetic foot a thoroughly unpleasant organization that believed political violence and terrorism were legitimate tools for removing obstacles to the Zionist cause and driving the Arabs off their lands. Assassination became official Israeli policy in 1999 when the military planned “initiated attacks” to stop Yasser Arafat's militia, diabetic foot the Tanzim, diabetic foot from firing on illegal Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. The Israelis demonstrated rare ingenuity in bumping off bomb maker Yahya Ayyesh. Diabetic foot In 1996 this master-technician in the art of suicide bombing had been on Israel's most-wanted list for three years. Diabetic foot Shabak (Israel's secret service) finally tricked a friend into giving Ayyash a booby-trapped mobile phone. When Ayyash used it, diabetic foot Shabak detonated it. Earlier this year they excelled themselves again by terminating Hezbollah’s Imad Mughniyeh, diabetic foot “the fox”, diabetic foot with an exploding headrest in his Mitsubishi. However, diabetic foot their preferred method of assassination is the air strike, diabetic foot which is lazy, diabetic foot lacking in finesse and often messy. In 2002 Israeli F-16 warplanes bombed the house of Sheikh Salah Shehadeh, diabetic foot the military commander of Hamas, diabetic foot in Gaza City, diabetic foot scandalously killing not just him but at least 11 other Palestinians, diabetic foot including seven children, diabetic foot and wounding 120 others. In 2004, diabetic foot at the second attempt on Hamas's spiritual leader, diabetic foot Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, diabetic foot wheelchair-bound since the age of 12, diabetic foot and nine innocent bystanders were killed in a helicopter gunship attack. Yassin had survived an F-16 bomb blast the previous year. Diabetic foot Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon characterized Yassin as "the mastermind of Palestinian terror" and a "mass murderer", diabetic foot which was comical coming from the war criminal who ran Israel's death squad, diabetic foot Unit 101, diabetic foot and was found indirectly responsible for the massacres in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps. According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem , diabetic foot231 Palestinians have been assassinated, diabetic foot 385 innocent bystanders murdered and heaven knows how many injured or mutilated by Israel since the second intifada in 2000. "The use of state assassinations by Israel against Palestinian suspects is undermining the rule of law and fuelling the cycle of violence in the region", diabetic foot Amnesty International warns. But this systematic extermination is regarded as "legal and legitimate" by Israel's attorney-general. Diabetic foot "If anyone has committed or is planning to carry out terrorist attacks, diabetic foot he has to be hit. It is effective, diabetic foot precise and just, diabetic foot" Israeli minister Ephraim Sneh said in 2001, diabetic foot indifferent to the frequent lack of precision, diabetic foot the collateral casualties and the possibility that his information is wrong – and the justice of it. It’s catching, diabetic foot though. The US State Department similarly describes its own hits on Al-Qaeda as "legal and necessary". But pre-emptive strikes are not America’s only tool. There’s the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay where hundreds of prisoners of “war”, diabetic foot from 13 years old upwards, diabetic foot are held long-term under inhuman conditions, diabetic foot without “due process” and in flagrant breach of the Geneva Conventions. Many have now been “rendered” to other countries. Diabetic foot It’s a living death and many will actually die in unlawful captivity, diabetic foot victims of a quite different form of assassination. US Vice-President Dick Cheney told Fox News: If you’ve got an organization that has plotted or is plotting some kind of suicide bomber attack, diabetic foot for example, diabetic foot and they [the Israelis] have hard evidence of who it is and where they’re located, diabetic foot I think there’s some justification in their trying to protect themselves by pre-empting. This endorsement gave a welcome boost to Sharon’s accelerated assassination programme. Diabetic foot Arafat claimed the Israeli cabinet had approved a plan to kill a large number of leading Palestinians. Sharon denied it but defended assassinations as a “defensive counter-terrorism measure”. He said he had sent the Palestinians a list of 100 terrorists the Palestinian Authority must arrest, diabetic foot otherwise Israel would continue to “exercise our right of self-defence”. We’re told Israeli advisers are now training US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency methods in Iraq, diabetic foot including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders. Diabetic foot Urban warfare specialists are sharing the skills they have honed against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in order to help the US set up its own hunter-killer teams. Israeli death squads here in the UK (and in the US)? Even more worrying are reports that Israeli death squads have been authorized to enter "friendly" countries and kill those suspected of being a threat to the Jewish state wherever they are hiding. Targeted killings were pretty much restricted to occupied Palestine but the appointment of a new Mossad director, diabetic foot Meir Dagan, diabetic foot in 2002 changed all that. Sharon was said to have given his old buddy Dagan a mandate to revive the traditional methods of Mossad, diabetic foot including assassinations abroad, diabetic foot even at the risk to Israel's bilateral relations. So our home secretary, diabetic foot the fragrant Jacqui Smith, diabetic foot had better tell us truthfully whether Mossad hoodlums are at this moment prowling the streets of London, diabetic foot Bradford, diabetic foot Glasgow and Manchester snuffing out plotters against their rotten racist regime. Attending Israel's 60th birthday celebrations a fawning George “Dubya” Bush bent the knee to his Zionist paymasters and declared that the US was proud to be their "closest ally and best friend in the world". Diabetic foot He told them they had worked tirelessly for peace and fought valiantly for freedom. “You have built a mighty democracy that will endure forever and can always count on America to stand at its side." It must be clear to the rest of the world which side the US commander-in-chief’s bread is buttered. And addressing the Knesset on the subject of Iran, diabetic foot the Tame Texan said, diabetic foot unaware of the irony: "Permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations." He went on to liken those who urged negotiations with "terrorists and radicals" to appeasers of the Nazis before World War II, diabetic foot the fool apparently being unable to tell the difference. Genocidal tyrants, diabetic foot corrupt leaders and bloodthirsty heads of state hankering for global domination and wishing to keep the world in turmoil once again infest the planet. They are often born and nurtured in the Western democracies the world is told to admire but which are now so corrupt they disgust many right-thinking people. These menaces can’t be brought to justice in the normal way, diabetic foot so it’s a job for a revived and revamped Assassination Bureau. Military commanders in the resistance and bomb-making freedom fighters are not the issue. The people of the world need an instrument to eradicate the low life in high places that threatens humanity. They need to dispatch those who deal in mega-deaths, diabetic foot who meddle massively where they have no business, diabetic foot who create injustice and who make life miserable for millions. We all have our wish list. Diabetic foot I’ll wager the same target names keep reappearing. Think of it: a socially-responsible international public riddance service ready to do business with any member of the public who feels himself at war with these evil forces and can put a good case for a slaying before the bureau chief and his panel. I see long queues forming to enlist the bureau’s help in eliminating the world’s tormentors. For them there is no hiding place. The game they started will bite them in the ass. Diabetic foot Riddance requests have to be accompanied by a suitable “intelligence finding”, diabetic foot of course. The work of an Assassination Bureau would be perfectly “legal” and “legitimate”, diabetic foot and most certainly “necessary”. It would simply follow the precedent set by America and Israel. Dream on! http://www.redress.cc/global/slittlewood20080519