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Alan Dershowitz Supporting Tyranny?

By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 03 February 2011

Alan Dershowitz Supporting Tyranny? - by Stephen Lendman

Perhaps so in his January 31 Huffington article titled, "The Egyptian Revolution May Produce a Lebanon-Type Islamic Regime," saying:

"No one can confidently predict the outcome, both short and long term...." He then quoted Zhou Enlai once saying "It's too soon to say," when asked to assess the 1789 French Revolution.

Regime changes produce good, bad and in-between results, he said, ranging from his notion of post-Soviet societies to Hitler and other less ambitious despots. As for "liberated" Eastern European states, neoliberal tyranny proved much worse than harsh communist rule, but don't expect Dershowitz to explain or discuss decades of Washington/Israeli state terror and lawlessness. More on his article below.

Honest critics know he's a notorious bigot; a longstanding Islamophobe; a purveyor of myths, canards, and false logic; a misinterpreter of fundamental law standards; a believer in unique Jewish suffering, mindless of all others; an advocate for torture and targeted assassinations; and a committed Zionist and Israeli apologist who legitimizes its aggression, its worst crimes and abuses, and who believes "international law, and those who administer it, must understand that (in times of war) the old rules" don't apply against "fanatical foes."

Further, "the laws of war and the rules of morality must adapt to (new) realities," - the same rationale former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used to dismiss the Geneva Conventions, calling them "quaint and out-of-date," not applicable to Al Qaeda or America's imperial wars. Dershowitz, of course, agrees.

He also supports Western preventive and preemptive wars, despite nothing in international law permitting them. In fact, the UN Charter's Article 51 is explicit, limiting attacks to self-defense until the Security Council acts. Moreover, under the Constitution's Article I, Section 8, only Congress may declare war, not the executive.

Nonetheless, he called Article 51 "anachronistic, (a) mid-twentieth century view of international law," irrelevant for Afghanistan, Iraq, and other imperial targets, as well as Israeli wars, its 1981 Iraq Osirak reactor attack, others against targeted foes, and longstanding illegal occupation. For Dershowitz, only Western interests matter, not truth, equity, justice, or fundamental rule of law principles.

In an August 12/13, 2006 CounterPunch article headlined, "Should Alan Dershowitz Target Himself for Assassination," Norman Finkelstein railed against his "apologetics on behalf of his Holy State....justify(ing) each and all of Israel's egregious violations of international law, (and using) the 'war on terrorism' as a springboard for a full frontal assault on this body of law."

In other words, binding international laws apply to other nations, not America and Israel, free to reign terror against targeted foes. Representing himself "in the media as a liberal and civil libertarian, (his far right) range of historical reference is pretty much limited to the Bible and Israel, and it is plainly not the Bible that is uppermost in his mind." Moreover, "if there's just (a) 'five percent likelihood' that Israel might face a compelling threat in 'ten years,' it has the right to attack now," including against allies believed potential future threats.

"After all the hard-won gains of civilization," said Finkelstein, " who would want to live in a world that once again legally sanctioned torture, collective punishment, assassinations and mass murder? As Dershowitz descends into barbarism, (it's hoped) that few seem inclined to join him."

Law Professor Francis Boyle called five Harvard law professors notorious for supporting lawlessness. Dershowitz made the list, Boyle calling him an:

"infamous self-incriminating war criminal. (He) publicly acknowledged being a member of a Mossad Committee for approving the murder and assassination of Palestinians, which violates the Geneva Conventions and is thus a grave war crime."

Moreover, he supports Guantanamo's "Kangaroo (Military Commission) Court System" despite all human rights organizations and legitimate figures denouncing it. Harvard's infamous five, including Dershowitz:

"....are no longer fit to educate lawyers, Members of the Bar, and Officers of the Court. They are a sick joke and a demented fraud....Harvard is to Law School as Torture is to Law." Its faculty and deans "torture the law. Do not send your children or students to Harvard Law School (or allow them in Dershowitz's classes) where they will grow up to become racist war criminals. Harvard Law School is a Neo-Con cesspool....for the most part its Faculty and Deans have always been viscerally bigoted and racist against Muslims/Arabs/Asians and other People of Color since at least" 1971 when Boyle attended.

More Dershowitz-Style Truth

He said the "Mubarak administration has always conjured up the spectre of an Iranian style Khomeini result (replacing him) to" justify his regime. Now the "following scenario is possible, if not likely. (He'll) leave. Someone like Mohamed ElBaradei (will replace him) as an interim leader." The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supports him, and he them, quoting comments he gave CNN saying:

"You know, the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian model, has nothing to do with extremism, as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places. The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group. They are a minority in Egypt. They are not a majority of the Egyptian people, but they have a lot of credibility because all the other liberal parties have been smothered for 30 years."

They favor "a federalist state" in which all Egyptians have "the same rights, same obligations, that the state in no way will be based on religion. And I have been reaching out to them. We need to include them. They are part of the Egyptian society....I think this myth (demonizing them) has been perpetuated and sold by the regime" to solidify their own power.

Dershowitz called this "Pollyannaish" portrayal "misleading and incomplete at best and totally unrealistic at worst." He calls the MB "violent, radical....with roots in Nazism and an uncompromising commitment to end the cold peace with Israel and replace it with a hot war of destruction. (They) don't play by the rules of democracy, using assassination and threats of violence to coerce support. ElBaradei is their perfect stalking horse." He'll assemble a government with them as "kingmaker," ending up as "king."

In fact, they're not liberal or threaten Washington, Israel or Western interests. Western intelligence agencies, including CIA, have had longstanding ties with MB, Britain since the 1940s. In his book "Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude," former CIA case officer/Middle East specialist Robert Baer, describing Washington's "dirty little secret," said since the 1950s:

"The CIA funnel(led) support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of (its) commendable capacity to overthrow Nasser....The White House looked on the Brothers as a silent ally, a secret weapon against - what else? - communism. The covert action started in the 1950s with the Dulles brothers - Allen at the CIA and John Foster at the State Department. As far as Washington was concerned, Nasser was a communist."

In fact, he combined Pan-Arabism, nationalism, anti-colonialism and anti-Zionism. In his book, "Nasser's Egypt, Arab Nationalism, and the United Arab Republic," James Jankowski said he promoted unity, arguing that he did so to prevent Syria from going communist.

Referring to the "logic of the Cold War," Baer said America was willing to support radical Islamists as long as "Allah agreed to fight on our side....If Allah (wanted) political assassination(s), that was fine too, as long as no one talked about it in polite company."

In the 1920s, Britain established the MB's precursor, the Society of Propaganda and Guidance, backing UK colonial rule. Its journal, The Lighthouse, attacked Egyptian nationalists wanting self-determination, calling them "atheists and infidels." Its Institute of Propaganda and Guidance taught regional Islamists political agitation methods to contest anti-colonialism back home. Hassan al-Banna was one its graduates, founding the MB in 1928.

In his book "Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam," Robert Dreyfuss called MB an "unabashed British intelligence front," operating in Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

In 1952, Gamal Abdel Nasser helped overthrow the Egyptian and Sudanese monarchies. After he became president in 1956, MB was used as a weapon against him. Saudi leaders provided funding and sanctuary after his crackdown. At the same time, America offered support as a bulwark against secular nationalism and communist influence.

"In 1974, the Muslim Brotherhood formally issued a declaration commanding its members to support Sadat's pro-IMF infitah (economic opening). Such an action was true to form for political Islam. Throughout their history, Islamists have always been militantly pro-capitalist, opposing class-struggle politics on principle. Rarely did they rally support for the poor, the disenfranchised, or the downtrodden. In Egypt, especially, the Islamists did not make common cause with aggrieved workers or farmers who failed to benefit from Sadat's economic policies."

Instead they opposed unions and leftists besides engaging in strikebreaking. They were supported by wealthy financial and business interests, often secretly, including the Saudis. They also created their own businesses and banks, including the Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt in 1976, a cornerstone of Islamic banks run by Saudi Prince Mohammed al-Faisal, son of King Faisal.

Moreover, Uthman Ahmed Uthman, a wealthy industrialist called "the Egyptian Rockefeller" actively bankrolled the MB in the 1970s. The "marriage between (its) ideology and the power of Islamic banking catapulted right-wing Islamism to worldwide power."

For nearly 90 years, Washington, Britain and other Western governments supported Islamists strategically against nationalist or democratic movements. The 1920s relationship continues today.

Though Egypt's Constitution prohibits religious political parties, MB members won small numbers of legislative seats as independents, representing the largest opposition block. On February 1, Haaretz News Agencies headlined, "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov't without Mubarak," saying:

It's "in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity party government," including Mohammed ElBaradei. On June 4, 2009, Haaretz writers Zvi Bar'el and Avi Issaccharoff headlined, "Obama met Muslim Brotherhood members in US," saying:

Egypt's daily newspaper Almasry Alyoum said he met US and European-based members. "According to the report," they requested no publicity, "express(ing) support for democracy and the war on terror." They also backed "all agreements Egypt has signed with foreign countries."

Referring to Obama's upcoming Cairo speech at the time, Haaretz said "a highly unusual audience" would be present, including "Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Shalom Cohen....seated not far from Iran's representative and the 11 members of the Egyptian Parliament who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood." In fact, "(T)he White House constructed the guest list together with the director-general of Mubarak's office, and (he) personally authorized the result."

A Final Comment

On January 29, Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah headlined, Egypt's uprising and its implications for Palestine," saying:

Though accurate predictions aren't possible, (i)f the Mubarak regime goes, the United States will lose enormous leverage over the situation in Palestine, and Abbas' PA will lose one of its main allies against Hamas."

Already discredited by the leaked Palestine Papers, "the PA will be weakened even further," compounding an internal Fatah split and future relations with Hamas, including a new Egyptian regime's position on enforcing Gaza's siege.

Palestinians may also feel emboldened by "(t)he relative ease with which Tunisians threw off their dictator, and the speed with which Egypt, and perhaps Yemen, seem to be going down the same road...."

For its part, Israel's failures to defeat Hezbollah in 2006 and Hamas during Cast Lead shows it's vulnerable to challenge like Tunisia, Egypt, and even America if enough determined people try.

The PA's "open secret is that without (Israeli forces) occupying the West Bank and besieging Gaza (with Mubarak), Abbas and his praetorian guard would have fallen long ago....If (popular sentiment) rose up collectively (for) equal rights, what could (PA enforcers or) Israel do to stop them?"

One reality today is certain: "whatever happens in the region, the people's voices can no longer be ignored," provided they sustain pressure for change they demand, not what Western powers will allow.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Hey kidz!!! Does Alan "Well, If A Harvard Professor Says Torture Is Legal" Dershowitz support World Zionism??? . . .

. . . then what more evidence do WE THE PEOPLE . . . OF THE WORLD . . . need to understand that Alan Dershowitz supports TYRANNY??? . . . ;-)

Webster's defines TYRANNY as:

1 - Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.

2 - The government or rule of a tyrant.

3 - A state ruled by a tyrant.

4 - Oppressive or unjust government.

5 - Undue severity or harshness.

6 - Tyrannical act or proceeding.

What could be more "arbitrary" than a group of Eastern European Khazars "converting" to Talmudic Judaism circa 700 A.D. and in the original "hasbara", rebranding themselves as "Ashkenazi Jews", the new "Chosen Ones of God"?

Further, what could be more "arbitrary" than these newly converted "Chosen Ones" proclaiming that all other humans are hereby classified as the "Goyim" who are somehow "less" in God's eyes and exist only to serve them, the "Chosen Ones"?

(clipped headline and article from 23Dec10 Veterans Today)
"RICHARD EDMONDSON: ORIGINS OF THE WORD 'GOY' - 'Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world—only to serve the people of Israel.' Those are the words of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef"

(full story)

What could be more "arbitrary", "oppressive", "unjust", "severe" and "harsh" than this same group of Eastern Europeans using an Old Testament/Torah passage to justify invading Palestine, declaring the "Jewish Only" State of Israel in 1948 A.D., and beginning a systematic genocide of the indigenous Semite Palestinian population? Remember Operation Cast Lead, Mr. Dershowitz?

(link to video on Worldwide Anti-Zionism Revolt - approx. 15 min)
"Tunisia Egypt Global Revolution Tribute - a video by Ken O'Keefe"

What could be more "arbitrary", "oppressive" and "harsh" than the ruthless attacks by Zionist bullies like Alan Dershowitz on ANYONE who dares criticize or even question the above actions by branding them "Anti-Semites" or "Anti-Israel" which in has completely destroyed the lives and careers of too many to count?

You know, like this . . .

(link to 2009 CNN video - approx. 3 minutes)
"Ben Stein Accuses Ron Paul of Anti-Semitism on Larry King "

. . . or like this?

(clipped headline and article from Raw Story)
"$5 million lawsuit targets Jimmy Carter for ‘attacking Israel’ - Former President Jimmy Carter has become the target of a class action lawsuit over ostensibly mean things he said about Israel in his best-selling 2006 book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The lawsuit, filed in New York by an Israeli firm . . ."

(full story)

What could be a more "despotic abuse of authority" than the well organized and well funded "Jewish Defense League" issuing an assassination "contract" on one of their own kind for merely questioning the orthodox claims of "unique Jewish suffering"?

(clipped headline and article)
"David Cole - A young Jewish holocaust denier - After making this (Auschwitz) video, a 'hit' was put out on Cole, and a reward for information on his whereabouts was issued by Irv Rubin (JDL), who years later, was arrested by the FBI for planning to kill a Lebanese-American Congressman."

(full bio of David Cole)

Here is the kosher-nostra BOLO (Be On The Look Out) that was issued by the "Jewish Defense League", which by the way, IS registered with the FBI as a TERRORIST organization.

(clipped title and article originally on JDL website)
"David Cole: Monstrous Traitor - He has managed to stir the gullible masses with hatred, lies and deception. . . This is David Cole, who takes pride in his demonic occupation: Holocaust denier of the Six Million Jews. Cole is a young Jewish man with an evil plan: To alter history and to deny documented facts. A revolting and horrible monster is this so-called Jew.

This world would be a happier place, indeed, when all the Jew-baiters and Jew-haters have disappeared, especially the most vicious hater of them all, David Cole. Reward for Information.
JDL wants to know the location of Holocaust denier David Cole, pictured above. Anyone giving us his correct address will receive a monetary reward. Contact us through e-mail immediately if you have information leading to the current location of David Cole."

(link to full copy of JDL article)

No one can serve two masters, kidz . . .

OUR Constitutional Republic is based on the following axioms:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . .

. . . "That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 A.D.

Whom does Alan Dershowitz serve, this Constitutional Republic or the Racist Tyranny known as World Zionism?

Grandma used to say, "You are known by your friends."

I wonder with whom Alan Dershowitz is better "friends", "Congressman Ron Paul" . . . or . . . "The Man In the White Yarmulke"??? . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from Veterans Today)
"Gilad Atzmon: The Man With The White Yarmulke - Yesterday war criminal Tony Blair complied submissively suggesting that 'Mubarak is immensely courageous and a force for good.'"

(full story)

This ol' fool from North Cackilacki is pretty sure that Congressman Ron Paul does NOT support Tyranny . . .

. . . I'm not so sure about Tony "Dodgy Dossier" B-LIAR . . . or Mr. Alan Dershowitz . . .;-)

"There's a guy works down the chip shop swears he's Elvis
Just like you swore to me that you'd be true
There's a guy works down the chip shop swears he's Elvis
But he's a liar and I'm not sure about you"
- "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis" by Kirsty MacColl


Hey kidz!! Abe "You're An Anti-Semite If WE HATE YOU" Foxman supporting tyranny . . .

. . . or just "watching"??? . . . ;-)

Have you ever noticed how some tyrants are brash and over the top . . . .

. . . while some tyrants are more subtle and veiled??? . . .

They use the "implied threat" method . . .

Our "Special Friends" at the "Anti-Defamation League" (ADL) released this today under "International Affairs" . . .

. . . not to anyone in particular . . . they just released it. . .

I guess "to whom it may concern", maybe??? . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from The ADL website)
"The Crisis in Egypt: An ADL Briefing - The Anti-Defamation League has been monitoring developments in Egypt closely, which are changing day-by-day, hour-by-hour."

(full release)

Interesting that in the last paragraph Mr. Abe "You're An Anti-Semite If WE HATE YOU" Foxman writes:

(clipped text from above ADL release)
"ADL has been alert for manifestations of anti-Jewish or anti-Israel rhetoric. To date, the key message of the opposition has focused on democratization and economic issues. However, there have been increasing incidents of placards and protesters criticizing President Mubarak for his ties to Israel and the United States, and examples of protesters calling on Mubarak to leave Egypt 'and go to Tel Aviv.' There are also indications that some in the pro-regime faction may have begun making allegations that those behind the unrest are working with the Mossad."

To which WE THE PEOPLE . . . of THE WORLD . . . may reply, "Gee, you think so, Abe???" . . . DUH!!!! . . . ;-)

"Israel places resources at Suleiman’s disposal 'to protect the Egyptian regime'"

"ISRAEL RUSHING TO AID OF MUBARAK - Rights NGO claims that Israeli planes carrying crowd dispersal weapons have arrived in Egypt"

"Foreign Ministry seeks release of Israeli jailed in Egypt
Ministry officials said it was not yet clear why the Israeli had been in Suez in the first place, calling the matter particularly sensitive."

Of course, we could go on and on ad infinitum showing the Mubarak "ties to Israel" and "working with the Mossad" TRUTH and FACTS . .

. . . those bothersome things that seem to irk Abe Foxman and Alan Dershowitz, so . . . ;-)

For example, in this recent ADL press release to the Wall Street Journal . . . Mr. Foxman once again ignores those pesky FACTS and that bothersome TRUTH and continues to cling to one of his favorite BIG LIES . . .

(clipped letter to the editor))
"ADL Letter to The Wall Street Journal - . . . At a time when Holocaust denial is rampant in much of the Arab world, where anti-Semitism remains a serious concern, and where the Iranian leader has openly declared his desire to 'wipe Israel off the map,' surely there are greater enemies and threats to the Jewish people . . ."

(full letter)

Yup, these Zionist bullies have gotten a lot of mileage out that Iranian "wipe Israel off the map" BIG LIE . . . haven't they, kidz?

(link to video - approx. 3 minutes)
"Wipe Israel off the map-George Galloway"

Of course, you have to love that hubris from Mr. Foxman when he states, "ADL has been alert for manifestations of anti-Jewish or anti-Israel rhetoric."

WE THE PEOPLE . . . of THE WORLD . . call this "manifestation" . . . open air discussion, dialogue and debate . . .

. . . WE THE PEOPLE even recognize that it is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
- Amendment I, The U.S. Constitution

Mr. Abe "You're An Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" Foxman of the ADL even goes on to inform . . . whomever this release was addressed to . . .

. . . that not only is discussion, dialogue and debate about Egypt going to be "monitored" by these self-appointed "Politruks" for Zionist purity standards and thought crimes . . .

. . . but that the "ADL also continues to monitor developments in Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and Syria" as well . . . ;-)

Now, here's a thought . . . perhaps Mr. Foxman and Mr. Dershowitz
should know that it is WE THE PEOPLE . . . of THE WORLD . . . that are "monitoring" THEM!!! . . . ;-)

And these kidz don't even seem to be afraid of that big ol' Taboo of all Taboos . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from Smoking Mirrors)
"Holocaust Porn, I Know it When I see It. I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me how Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle could write tens of thousands of post war memoirs and never mention death camps and crematoriums.

I’m waiting for someone to explain how taking over three million from the death count at Auschwitz does not affect the number of six million as the official tally. There are a lot of statistics I would love to have explained to me but no one seems able to."

(full story)

I wanna see Abe Foxman face off with "Dog Poet" and convince everyone that this mystic/shaman/stoner is some sort of "Neo-Nazi" . . . ;-)

So, while all those Congress-critters and Main Stream Media Press-titutes may have something to hide that is hidden ways in all those MOSSAD files in Tel Aviv . . .

. . . WE THE PEOPLE . . . of THE WORLD . . . just don't really care if you "monitor" us or not, Mr. Foxman!!! You can take your TYRANNY of veiled threats back to ISRAEL!!! . . .

. . . or more accurately back to Eastern Europe where you REALLY came from . . . just like sister Helen Thomas says . . .;-)

"The deeper you go, the higher you fly,
The higher you fly, the deeper you go
So come on
Your inside is out, and your outside is in
Your outside is in, and you inside is out
So come on,
Come on is such a joy,
Come on and make it easy,
Take it easy,
Everybody's got something to hide
Except for me and my monkey"
- "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey" by The Beatles



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