Professor Strangelove Revisited
The world's latest form of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove's
" 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
(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
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
"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 Nation.com:
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
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
Created By: Padraig L Henry