Israelis, McCain Neocons Behind Anti-Islam “Obsession” DVD
September 26, 2008
If McCain is elected in November, come January we will see a continuation of the neocon “clash of civilizations” agenda, likely culminating in an attack launched against Iran and possibly Syria. In order to stir up anti-Islam sentiment in the long and artificially elongated wake of September 11, 2001, and stampede voters into McCain’s camp, the neocons have released “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” a virulent and misleading propaganda DVD. As reported earlier this month, the DVD was targeted at nearly 28 million households in swing or “battleground” election states. It was inserted into more than 70 newspapers. The DVD was produced and distributed by the Clarion Fund.
As Ali Gharib, Eli Clifton, and Jim Lobe report, the DVD was a collaborative effort between a “group of hard-line US neoconservatives and former Israeli diplomats.” The Clarion Fund, tied closely to an Israeli organization called Aish Hatorah, teamed up with the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) to produce the video. Aish Hatorah, an Orthodox organization and yeshiva, shares an address with the Clarion Fund.
Like hard-line neoconservatives, EMET opposes any land concessions to Palestinians and takes other hard-line positions identified with Israel’s right-wing Likud Party and the ”Settler Lobby” there. EMET’s website says, “We regard ourselves as ‘intellectual revolutionaries’”….
EMET’s board of advisers includes a list of familiar neoconservative figures, as well as three former Israeli diplomats, including a former deputy chief of mission in Israel’s Washington embassy….
Notable members of the advisory board include prominent hard-line neoconservatives, including former US U.N. Amb. the late Jeane Kirkpatrick; Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum; and the Hudson Institute’s Meyrav Wurmser, the Israeli-born spouse of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top Middle East adviser, David Wurmser.
Other prominent neoconservative members of the board include Center for Security Policy (CSP) president Frank Gaffney; former CIA chief James Woolsey; and Heritage Foundation fellows Ariel Cohen and Nina Shea, who has also served for years on the quasi-governmental US Commission for International Religious Freedom.
In other words, the usual neocon suspects, responsible for launching the manufactured war on terrorism and invading Iraq and facilitating the murder of well over a million Iraqis, are behind the video.
The “Obsession” DVD is an obvious effort to continue propagandizing the American public. “If you heighten the hysteria over national security or terrorism or do anything to make people more fearful, it’s clear they would trend toward McCain because that’s been his mantra throughout the campaign,” explains Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council for American-Islamic Relations. CAIR is petitioning the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Clarion Fund project.
As well, according to Ali Gharib’s research, the Clarion “Obsession” project has direct links to Israelis, most notably the twin Israeli-Canadian brothers Raphael and Ephraim Shore. “Foreign nationals and companies, and domestic tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofits are prohibited by federal election law from attempting to sway US elections at any level through either contributions to campaigns or advocacy,” notes Gharib.
Of course, this will not stop Clarion, same as it has not stopped AIPAC from directly influencing American elections and politicians. It appears the neocons will stop at nothing to see their agenda continue under a McCain administration, an agenda with a large target still on the to-do target list: Iran.
In this respect, McCain surely is McBush, or maybe that should be McNeocon. Obama, to be sure, is no friend of the Iranians, but the neocons, under a McCain administration, would have a better chance of reducing Iran to the chaos that is Iraq and most likely with a larger loss of life.