Israel instructs Obama: “Iranian and Syrian Sanctions are Not Painful Enough!”

Israel instructs Obama: “Iranian and Syrian Sanctions are Not Painful Enough!”
…impose an international blockade now!

By Franklin Lamb

Damascus (VT) On 3/26/2013 Iran is expected to meet with other world powers in Astana, Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear program. Discussions that the occupiers of Palestine fervently hope will not be successful. It is toward this end that their key demand this week to the US Congress, the White House and the European Union is “to cast responsibility on the Iranians by blaming them for the talks’ failure in the clearest terms possible.”

According to the Al-Monitor of 3/19/13, Israel also demands that the countries meeting in Kazakhstan “make it perfectly clear that slogans such as ‘negotiations can’t go on forever’ are their marching orders to the White House, and they want the Kazakhstan attendees to act “so severely that the Iranians realize that they face a greater threat than just Israeli military action.”

“The message must be that this time the entire west, behind Israel’s leadership, is contemplating the launch of a massive military action.” Unsaid is that “the entire West” is expected to confront Iran militarily while Tel Aviv’s forces will mop up Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Syria if necessary.

Pending the above arrangements, Israel this week is further demanding that the Obama White House issue another Executive Order dramatically ratcheting up the US-led Sanctions against Iran and Syria while it prepares for a hoped for “ game changing international economic blockade, including no-fly zones enforced by NATO.

To achieve yet another lawyer of severe sanctions, and at the behest of AIPAC, a “legislative planning” meeting was called by Congressman Eliot Engel, who represents New Yorks 17th District (the Bronx) and who is the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (Florida’s 27th District), Chair of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. The session was held in a posh Georgetown restaurant and participant’s included representatives from AIPAC, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain plus half a dozen Congressional staffers.

Congressman Engel has co-sponsored virtually every anti-Arab, anti-Islam, anti-Palestinian, anti-Iran, and anti-Syrian Congressional broadside since he entered Congress a quarter-century ago. His campaign literature last fall stated: “I am a strong supporter of sanctions against those who repeatedly reject calls to behave as responsible nations. (Israel excepted-ed).

I have authored or helped author numerous bills which have been signed into law to impose sanctions against rogue states including Iran and Syria.” Ros-Lehtinen and Engel led all members with AIPAC donations on the House side in last fall’s Congressional elections. They are ranked number one and two respectively as still serving career recipients of Israel-AIPAC’s “indirect” campaign donations.

Some Congressional operatives accuse Rep. Ros-Lehtinen of being a bit lazy and neglecting the bread and butter needs of her Florida constituents. But others argue that it depends on which constituents one has in mind. Her election mailings and her Congressional website claim that the Congresswoman “led all Congressional efforts tirelessly to generate votes to block what she views as anti-Israel resolutions offered at the former UN Commission on Human Rights.”

A big fan of US-led sanctions against Iran and Syria, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Iran Freedom Support Act on January 6, 2005, which increased sanctions and expanded punitive measures against the Iranian people until the Iranian regime has dismantled its nuclear plants.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen also introduced H.R. 957, the Iran Sanctions Amendments Act, which she claims “will close loopholes in current law by holding export credit agencies, insurers, and other financial institutions accountable for their facilitation of investments in Iran and sanction them as well.” In addition, H.R. 957 seeks to impose liability on parent companies for violations of sanctions by their foreign entities.

She also co-sponsored H.R 1357 which requires “U.S. government pension funds to divest from companies that do any business with any country that does business with Iran.” Her campaign literature states that, “She was proud to be the leading Republican sponsor of H.R. 1400, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act. This bill applies and enhances a wide range of additional sanctions.”

In addition, last year Illeana introduced H.R. 394, which enlarges US Federal Court Jurisdiction regarding claims by American citizens their claims in U.S. courts. Unclear is whether she realizes that one consequence of her initiative would be to open even wider US courtroom doors to Iranian-Americans and Syria-Americans who today are being targeted and damaged by the lady’s ravenous insatiable craving for civilian targeting economic sanctions.
But Ileana and Elliot appear to be fretting.
So is Israel.
The reasons are several and they include the fact that the US-led sanctions have failed to date to achieve the accomplishments they were designed to produce. These being to cripple the Iranian economy, provoke a popular protest among the Iranian people over inflation and scarcity of food and medicines, weaken Iran as much as possible before adopting military measures against it, and, most essentially, achieving regime change to turn the clock back to those comfortable days of our submissive, compliant Shah.
Zionist prospects for Syria aren’t any better at the moment. Tel Aviv’s to intimidate the White House into invading Syria have not worked. Plan A has failed miserably according to the Israeli embassy people attending the Engel-Ros Litinen’s informal conflab.

Neither did the “how about we just arm the opposition” plan that originated last year with David H. Petraeus and was supported by Hillary Clinton while being pushed by AIPAC. The goal was to create allies in Syria that the US and Israel could control if Mr. Assad was removed from power. Moreover, the White House believes that there are no good options for Obama. It has vetoed 4 recent Israeli proposals including arming the rebels and is said to believe that Syria is already dangerously awash with “unreliable arms.”

The recent shriveling in Israeli prospects for a dramatic Pentagon intervention in Syria reflect White House war weariness. And also Israel’s predilection to bomb targets itself in Syria, as it did recently to assassinate a senior Iranian officer in the Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Hassan Shateri. Contrary to the false story that Israel attacked a missiles convoy, some unassembled equipment was damaged but that was not the primary target according to Fred Hof, a former U.S. State Department official. Gen. Shateri was.

Making matters worse for Tel Aviv, the Israeli military is reportedly becoming skittish due to its deteriorating political and military status in the region and its troops have recently completed subterranean warfare drills to prepare them for a potential clash with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post reported on 2/20/13.

“Today during training, we simulated a northern terrain, that included what we might encounter,” Israeli Lt. Sagiv Shoker, commander of a military Reconnaissance Unit of the Engineering Corps, based at the Elikim base in northern Israel near the border with Lebanon explained. Shoker added that his units spent a week focused on how to approach Hezbollah’s alleged underground bunkers and tunnels in South Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley quietly and quickly.

Israeli forces commander Gantz has been complaining recently to the Israeli cabinet that Hezbollah Special Forces are gaining much valuable experience in Syria fighting highly skilled and motivated al Nusra jihadists and his troops may not be prepared to face them on the battlefield if a conflict erupts. It has been known since 2006 that Israeli soldiers “are having motivation deficits” as Gantz and others have complained.

Ordinary citizens in Iran and Syria with whom this observer met recently, including some with whom he has shared lengthy conversations while posing many questions, cannot ignore the burden of the US-led sanctions in various aspects of their lives. Nor can the Iranian or Syrian governments or their economic institutions.

At the beginning of the summer of 2010, and even more so since the summer of 2012, the US-led civilian targeting sanctions imposed were significantly tightened by the Obama administration and its allies. The administration realized that the sanctions imposed on Iran until then were ineffective and understood that Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear power capability would quickly leave the US with no alternative than the acceptance of a nuclear Iran.

But the administration, according to former State Department official Hof, believed that unless it took more drastic measures against Iran, Israel would launch a military strike against Iran which would likely destroy Zionist Israel- a prospect not every US official and Congressional staffer privately laments. Congressional sources report that the White House now feels that Iran has achieved deterrence and that Israel would be dangerously foolhardy to attack the country.

While Israel advocates an economic blockade of Iran and Syria, under binding rules of international and US law, economic blockades are acts of war. They are variously defined as surrounding a nation with hostile forces, economic besieging, preventing the passage in or out of a country of civilian supplies or aid. It is an act of naval warfare to block access to a country’s coastline and deny entry to all vessels and aircraft, absent a formal declaration of war and approval of the UN Security Council.

All treaties to which America is a signatory, including the UN Charter, are binding US law. Chapter VII authorizes only the Security Council to “determine the existence of any threat to the peace, or act of aggression (and, if necessary, take military or other actions to) restore international peace and stability.” It permits a nation to use force (including a blockades) only under two conditions: when authorized by the Security Council or under Article 51 allowing the “right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member….until the Security Council has taken measures to maintain international peace and security.”

As International law Professor Francis Boyle reminds us, Customary International Law recognizes economic blockades as an act of war because of the implied use of force even against third party nations in enforcing the blockade. Writes Boyle, “Blockades as acts of war have been recognized as such in the Declaration of Paris of 1856 and the Declaration of London of 1909 that delineate the international rules of warfare.”

America approved these Declarations, thereby are became binding US law as well “as part of general international law and customary international law.” US presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Jack Kennedy, called economic blockades acts of war.
So has the US Supreme Court.

In Bas v. Tingy (1800), the US Supreme Court addressed the constitutionality of fighting an “undeclared war” (read extreme economic sanctions). It ruled the seizure of a French vessel (is) an act of hostility or reprisal. The Court cited Talbot v. Seaman (1801) in ruling that “specific legislative authority was required in the seizure. In Little v. Barreme (1804), the Court held that “even an order from the President could not justify or excuse an act that violated the laws and customs of warfare. Chief Justice John Marshall wrote that a captain of a United States warship could be held personally liable in trespass for wrongfully seizing a neutral Danish ship, even though” presidential authority ordered it.

“The Prize Cases” (1863) is perhaps the most definitive US Supreme Court ruling on economic blockades requiring congressional authorization. The case involved President Lincoln’s ordering “a blockade of coastal states that had joined the Confederacy at the outset of the Civil War. The Court….explicitly (ruled) that an economic blockade is an act of war and is legal only if properly authorized under the Constitution.”

Iran and Syria pose no threat to the US or any peaceful law abiding nation. Imposing a blockade against either violates the UN Charter and settled international humanitarian laws as well as US law. It would constitute an illegal act of aggression that under the Nuremberg Charter is the designated a “supreme international crime” above all others. It would render the Obama administration and every government of other participating nations criminally liable.

Contrary to what the occupiers of Palestine may fantasize, if the White House wants an economic blockade of Iran or Syria it must declare war, letting the American people be heard on the subject and convince the UN Security Council to pass a UNSCR under Chapter 7.

The White House cannot legally, morally or consistently with claimed American humanitarian values continue to target civilian populations with economic sanctions on the cheap.


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16 Comments for “Israel instructs Obama: “Iranian and Syrian Sanctions are Not Painful Enough!””

  1. Somweday we will hear a President or Secretary of State reply to Netanyahu “you go ahead a impose the sanctions see who will go with you. And: Ross Lentinen has announced she is the trainer of Rubio, since he was very young she encouraged and trained him….so now we know. She did the same for the fellow that took her place on the Committee, She said she made sure he agree with her before recommanding him for her position, and he did. Same with Netanyahu when Iran Nuclear system Computer was compromised and we were blamed Bibi cold not resist taking credit “we built that cyber instrument it belongs to us” Panetta was happy since he was busy denying we had any thing to do with it. Now we know who is to blame for Rubio and who and what he is serivng. Immgration??? well Jewish people have promoted open border immigration for them all along. But legally they want open immigration. That committee is bdly compromised. All are pro immigration and citizenship for various reason. Even republicans, Mc Cain needs the Latino vote. I wonder who selected that committee.
    Obama proposed a bommittee but who selected the people? I wrote Obama it was a rigged Committee.

  2. Israel is not only the master of the US and Washington but major capitals in the world. The Syrian people are paying the heavy price in death and destruction because the US and the West do not wish to arm the rebels afraid that such weapons may one day be directed against the invading Israeli army… so 100,000 perhaps 150,000 must die so that Israel can have control of the air over Syria. Iran is not a threat to the world Israeli is.

    • Not Israel,Rothschild ,Warburg,Rockefeller,british and Dutch Royal House are the Masters.
      Israel was created by these Bankers,and is a controlled Lunatic asylum.
      programmed to blow itself up ,when it served it’s purpose.

  3. That Chicken-Moron Assad keeps getting Car-bombed by Rothschild’s terrorist mercenaries with his days are numbered yet he is too scared to launch an all-out aerial attack on Tel Aviv!!! What a coward!!!

    • LC,
      Rothschild created israel and Zionism.
      Right now it’s Israel trying to stop Rothschild from suiciding israel.
      Rothschild want’s Gog and Magog.
      Israel and Syria are cooperating now,like the Turkish FM noticed 2 weeks ago.
      1977 Rothschild lost control over israel,after Likud came to power.
      The Rothschild rebels are not only a threat to Syria,Lebanon and Iran,they are a bigger threat to israel.
      Likud and the religious parties are not controlled by Rothschild,therefore all the leaks,and the conflict between Israel and bankercontrolled Obama and EU.

      • Sounds like a fairy-tale !!!

        • Fairy-tale ,but that’s what’s gonna happen.
          The Bauers left the whole story in Jerusalem beginning in 1932(construction of Rockefeller museum).
          They didn’t do that to abandon their plans,they go for the main prize,even if it blows up the planet.
          They are religious people ,only they worship a G-d you and I don’t know.

          • I don’t know what you mean by them (Rothschilds) having left? I have heard that every second street or city square is called after them! They also built a brand new Supreme Court there.

            In any event as we have already established here in VT “ISRAEL” is the dedicated name of the very privately owned terrorist mercenary force of the Rothschilds (Bauers) against the rest of the world quiet similar to their French Foreign Legionnaires and their former Hessian (German) mercenaries of 200 years ago (which they stole from the Hessian King). Just that this one is in the form of a bogus & illegitimate permanent state of terror (like South Africa & Rhodesia).

            So, of course Israel just like all other terrorist mercenary forces is expendable. It is a massive concentration camp. And its population will probably be exterminated by Rothschild’s personal design (just like WW 1 & 2) to LUCIFER which is the god they worship. The same god Allister Crowley worshiped!!!
            I remember a American Jewish scientist & writer laid down the entire Bauer scenario for annihilation of “ISRAEL” over a year ago on Fox Coast-to-Coast KFI 640 AM. I think he was not invited to that double-cross show anymore after that!!!

            By the way the Zios locked you up in Tel Aviv for nosing around??? Were you a reporter, or what?

          • LC,
            Since you are the person who manages the library,could you please try to remember the name of the writer and the date of this interview on coast to coast radio?
            I was arrested for spreading the same theorie as this man,and I’m very interested in his idea’s.
            I found a Bauer scenario,that points at the destruction of the dome of the Rock as part of a Gog and Magog Hollywood montage.According to the dates they used they are behind on schedule .but the masterplan is still intact.
            Rothschild didn’t only build, but designed the Israeli Supreme court.1992(all freemason and Egyptian symbolism.)
            There’s just 2 rothschild street’s in Israel ,both very symbolical in location and namechanges(favorite rothschild game)
            Rothschild lost control over Israel,and is doing everything to get it back or push the Samson option.

  4. I find it kind of amusing watching the zionists squirm. They’re goin’ down and a lot of them know it, so their “deals” are getting more ferocious, nasty, underhanded, sloppy and desperate.

    The Jews think they can outsmart the laws of nature, but nothing could be further from the truth. Soon they will play their big move, a nuclear attack on an American city or three. They will be found out, though and TAKEN out, for good. Won’t be pretty, but we’ll get ‘er done.

  5. “the entire West” attacks iran and Israel mops up the rest”.
    Don’t buy that,because that WAS the original plan that was aborted in june/Juli 2012.
    Turkey and Israel are collaborating again,Israel will apologize for Mavi marmara.
    Turkish FM stated israel and Syria are collaborating.
    I know it’s difficult to get your brain around,but it’s Russia,Iran,Syria,Turkey and Israel against US/Europe/NATO (rebels).
    The FSA threatening to attack Hezbollah is one of the last opportunities “the entire West” have to keep the show going.
    Assad’s fall will not serve anybody in the region without an all out attack on iran.
    And that’s off the menu.
    US withdrew their carriers from the mediterenean, obeying israel’s orders ,I presume?
    Nobody wants to commit suicide,not even israel.
    Israel telling the US to do this and that,Israel wanting to occupy this and that.
    I know it’s popular on this site,but it’s simply incorrect.
    Nobody will attack israel and Israel wil not attack anybody.
    It’s the Middle East powers ,together with Russia ,trying to avoid ww3,the much desired Gog and magog war.
    Desired by the European bankers ,that is.
    With a little luck US/NATO will be kicked out of the Middle East.
    That would solve a lot of problems.
    Israel knows that they’ll have to make aliances with Iran,Syria,Turkey,Egypt and Russia if they want to have a future.

  6. Within every nation is a ‘Fifth Column’ and it answers to Israel. Screw Israel! Israel is not a nation, but like a Ridley Scott film, an alien infestation spewing carnage and death wherever it can. If the West is to survive, it must root out this evil and heed those who before us have warned of its apocalyptic purpose.

    • Charlotte NC Bill

      Hey hey, ho ho Talmudia’s got to go go go…Has to….it’s the real “focus of evil in the modern world..”

    • Israel is Cancer. Zionism is Metastatic Carcinoma. Most of the world knows this, but the World Centers are infested. This is how the Zionists operate. They infest the political and economic bottlenecks of every country. Get the neck and the body cannot function. They got our Congress. F**ckers must die.

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