We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Israel’s Plan for Syria

Click here to access article by Israel Shamir from CounterPunch.
Israel retains its ability to control the Syrian ‘Islamist’ rebels. Netanyahu is not worried about Syria’s possible disintegration. Despite the received wisdom claiming that Israelis prefer a stable and familiar Assad to the great unknown of Islamic guerrillas, the new and sensational information we received points out to the opposite, namely: Israelis prefer the Somalisation of Syria, its break-up and the elimination of its army, as this will allow them to tackle Iran unopposed.
The leaked information reported in the article suggests a very different view of who is really pulling the strings in the Syrian crisis. Putin knows who is really in charge, and that is why he went to Tel Aviv. This thesis of a "Somalisation" plan--another name for the "Salvador option" (see this and this)--for Syria follows in line with actual facts that have been occurring in the Middle East for at least the last decade--the intentional weakening of states surrounding Israel.