Professor Strangelove Revisited

The world's latest form of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove's Doomsday Device: " We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that this will happen before Israel goes under." Israeli Professor - 'We Could Destroy All European Capitals' By Nadim Ladki 5-2-03 (IAP News) -- An Israeli professor and military historian hinted that Israel could avenge the holocaust by annihilating millions of Germans and other Europeans. Speaking during an interview which was published in Jerusalem Friday, Professor Martin Van Crevel said Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons. "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force." Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, pointed out that "collective deportation" was Israel's only meaningful strategy towards the Palestinian people. "The Palestinians should all be deported. The people who strive for this (the Israeli government) are waiting only for the right man and the right time. Two years ago, only 7 or 8 per cent of Israelis were of the opinion that this would be the best solution, two months ago it was 33 per cent, and now, according to a Gallup poll, the figure is 44 percent." Creveld said he was sure that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wanted to deport the Palestinians. "I think it's quite possible that he wants to do that. He wants to escalate the conflict. He knows that nothing else we do will succeed." Asked if he was worried about Israel becoming a rogue state if it carried out a genocidal deportation against Palestinians, Creveld quoted former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan who said "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." Creveld argued that Israel wouldn't care much about becoming a rogue state. "Our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that this will happen before Israel goes under." Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) ====================== And, on a related subject,taken from Peter Rothberg at The Stanley Kubrick's brilliant 1962 [actually, it was 1964; Lolita was in 1962 - PLH]black comedy about politics, power and technology is one of the greatest antiwar films ever made. And, now, forty years after it was released, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb seems like a satirical time bomb, more relevant in the age of "preemption" than ever before. In light of the film's sadly enduring significance, a new group has emerged, Operation Strangelove, which as its first major action is orchestrating nationwide showings of Dr. Strangelove on Wednesday, May 14. Screenings throughout the US--in cinemas, living rooms, schools, offices and community centers--will be followed by panel discussions/benefits, many of which will raise money for activist groups and relief organizations working in Iraq and Afghanistan. Operation Strangelove grew out of the Lysistrata Project, which inspired more than 1,000 staged readings worldwide of Aristophanes's bawdy antiwar play this past March. The readings also raised more than $100,000 for peace and humanitarian groups like RAWA, Madre and United for Peace and Justice. Organizers are looking to top that figure with the film showings on May 14. The largest New York City screening will be held at 7:00pm at United Artists Battery Park overlooking Ground Zero. After the movie, author, critic and Nation contributing editor John Leonard will moderate a discussion featuring people from September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, cartoonist Art Spiegelman and many others. Click here for more info. OS's website also makes it easy for you to arrange your own screening, offering info on how to get the movie in various formats, tips on publicizing the showing, even downloadable posters and flyers. Part of the genius of Kubrick's film is that it's possible to laugh--and laugh hard--without trivializing the deadly serious message. So, thanks to him, these mass May 14 showings offer an opportunity to have fun and find community while helping build the networks of political (and cultural) dissent crucial to resisting the Bush agenda.

Created By: Padraig L Henry