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Is It Time for a Third World War?

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New York, New York June 17: There are screws loose in high places.

Elements of the intelligence "community" which have done such a fine job
in Iraq, and their Israeli counterparts, along with the cadre of paid
and unpaid cheerleaders in the TV punditocracy, seem to have decided
that what the world needs now is another world war.

And they are not shy about saying so.

First, last week, David Twersky, the Tel Aviv correspondent for the New
York Sun, a mouthpiece for the Israeli hardliners, compared the
kidnapping of a corporal in Gaza to the assassination of Archduke
Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the incident that triggered World War 1.

The parallel was planted.

Then, just yesterday Sunday June 16, New Gingrich, former House Speaker
and still a darling of the GOP right, stated as a matter of fact on Meet
that Press that a new war is already underway in the Middle East. It
is, he insists, already a world war. "THIS IS, IN FACT, WORLD WAR 3," he
said for emphasis, with no regrets and an apparent longing to "bring it

Columnist Dave Postman elaborated on his message in his Seattle Times blog:

"Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War
III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue this
morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the
first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much
starker terms than have been heard from the president.

"We need to have the militancy that says 'We're not going to lose a
city,'" Gingrich said. He talks about the need to recognize World War
III as important for military strategy and political strategy.

"Gingrich said he is "very worried" about Republicans facing fall
elections and says the party must have the "nerve" to nationalize the
elections and make the 2006 campaigns about a liberal Democratic agenda
rather than about President Bush's record."

Mmm..., a world war to save the Bush Administration? How convenient.

But there is more. The always aggressive and often obnoxious Prince of
Darkness, Richard Perle, a leading booster of war on Iraq, is now
lobbying the Administration to finish off the "axis of evil." In print
pieces and TV appearances, he is calling for a wider war now.

Hold on. Also on Meet The Press, Martin Fletcher, the NBC veteran
Israel correspondent revealed that the Israeli war plan that is now
being carried out is not simply a response to current risks or attacks,
and that it has been FIVE years in the making. It was a plan just
looking for a pretext.

"I think they will never say that publicly," he added, explaining that
this war plan that was not made by this current Israeli government but
earlier by his Kadima Party mate Ariel Sharon & his generals. Fletcher
says Tel Aviv calls it a "work plan." He says it is being implemented
"step by step."

He added, "It will go on until someone steps in and stops them."

The United States is not currently that "someone"-not now. President
Bush is backing Israel although with an unheard PR appeal asking that
they be gentler in their attacks. He, like, Israel, is blaming Hezbollah
which insists it is acting defensively and reactively, not offensively.

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