Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.

Atzmon's album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year,[4] he has been called "surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz." His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a "devoted political artist." He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as "one of London's finest saxophonists" stated: "It is Atzmon's blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read."

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Make America Neocon Again

Syria Attack was a firework show, It had no military objective.

By Gilad Atzmon

It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Assad possessed a WMD stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to a release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to ‘neutralise’ Assad’s alleged ‘WMD ability’ it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.

America targeted al-Shayrat because it knew with certainty that there were no WMD in that location. It was a firework show. It had no military objective.

The first concern that comes to mind is why do you need a saxophonist to deliver the truth every military expert understands very well? Can’t the New York Times or the Guardian reach the same obvious conclusion? It’s obvious enough that if Assad didn’t use WMD when he was losing the war, it would make no sense for him to use it now when a victory is within reach.

So why did the White House launch a cruise missile blitz on a non-existent target?

We know who are the first to benefit from the current escalation. The Jewish State that gambled on regime change in Syria, consistent with the sinister Yinon Plan, accepts by now that Assad is there to stay. But here is the peculiar development: while the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times and the White House refer to Assad and his ‘chemical warfare’ with certainty, the Israeli press is actually very careful. The Israeli Ynet only refers to Assad’s ‘alleged’ gas attack. The Israelis do understand that the story, as it stands, doesn’t make any sense.

But there may be another narrative that could introduce some method to the madness. The CIA and the FBI do not seem to drift away from Trump and his ties with Russia. This weekend we learned that former Trump adviser Carter Page ‘gave documents to a Russian spy.’ Carter Page, who was a foreign policy aide to the President before the election, met occasionally with Victor Podobnyy while the intelligence operative was working in the US. Mr Podobnyy was one of three men indicted by the FBI in 2015 on suspicion of working for Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service.

We also learned this weekend that Trump’s son-in-law Kushner failed to alert the FBI to several meetings with Russian officials despite a legal obligation to do so. His lawyer described the omission as an “administrative error.”

The Guardian reports that the CIA actually reported to senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump as president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Trump’s victory months later.

President Trump has rejected any suggestion of a Russian connection as “ridiculous” and “fake news.” Trump could probably win the liberal press but the CIA and FBI have proved harder nuts to crack.

Trump was left with no other option, he needed a firework show to convey a clear image of a conflict between himself and Putin. He had to invent a war with Russia. The Mirror bought into this façade: ‘Donald Trump warned he is one step away from military clashes with Russia,’ its headline read.

It seems as if launching a missile attack on a deserted Syrian airfield while alerting the Russians in advance would convey the necessary patriotic image to the American people. It would convince the Ziocons that the White House is ready to launch WWIII on their behalf. The attack was there to convince the American people that Trump is not a Russian puppet. Shockingly enough, the liberal press was very quick to straighten line with Trump.  The uniquely banal Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian today “sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person. Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield seems to belong in that category.” Seemingly the Guardian never misses an opportunity to rally for a Ziocon war.

The only question that has remained open is whether such a drone blitz on an abandoned Syrian airbase will convince Trump’s constituency that by now ‘America is, once again great.’


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10 Responses to "Make America Neocon Again"

  1. Toby  April 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm


  2. Amelius  April 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you Gilad

    If Trump ever had any genuine political opposition throughout the halls of power, they should have been all over this. Increasing international tensions because Trump saw a White Helmets Facebook post, is a huge threat to global security. This was not only an unwarranted and belligerent attack, but he spent 100 million dollars to make a few stains on the runway. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that not much damage occurred, but Trump is a total douchebag. Did he not bypass most, if not all standard procedures for things like this? Some of his apparent opposition was looking for grounds for impeachment ever since he was elected, would this qualify?

  3. Peter Johnson  April 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

    It is a big deal.

    This is the first time the US has flamboyantly bombed the Syrian sovereign state.

    This is the first time, ever, that the US has challenged Russia or its legacy state, the USSR, to bomb it back. This is actually bigger than the Cuban Missile Crisis, because that was all just posturing.

    Basically they are telling Russia to either retaliate directly against American forces or pack up and go home. When has this ever happened?

    The US is basically testing the premise that a limited war with Russia that does not involve the good citizens of Omaha and Albequeque getting fried is possible.

    This is entirely new.

  4. wjabbe  April 9, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Trump is a gutless coward on many levels. He attended a military school in NY but didn’t even learn manners. He obviously avoided any real military service such as Gordon Duff and many others on this site did. He was just the right age but somehow never got drafted or enlisted either . Now he is above the top general of the Military. This makes him feel good. He loves the feeling of power . When he says jump the dupes in the military jump. If he asked these top generals to give him a BJ they would do it even in full dress uniform in public if he so demanded. He has the power of life or death to anyone on this planet today. Yet he is documented to be a coward a liar , a cheater, a bully , a con artist , a law breaker who even willfully discriminated against renting to blacks in housing in patent violation of the Federal Fair Housing Law. He is a crook and an accused sexual predator . Yet he is the US President! So much fo “Democracy” an obvious dismal failure. Impeach this despicable piece of human garbage ASAP before he blows up the planet while the top General is giving him a blow job in the office as his family watches. Emergency!

    • wjabbe  April 9, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Compare Trump to the late Captain Chaplain Angelo J. Liteky, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing some 23 wounded soldiers in Viet Nam, while wounded himself. After later discovering how the outlaw US government was committing crimes and terrorism against innocent peoples in South America, he became a peace activist and even returned in his Medal back to the government as an act of protest. He spent two year stints in federal prison for trespassing at Ft Benning, GA and two ten thousand dollar fines for protesting the outlaw criminal misconduct of the US Government and Military unindicted war criminals. He died the other day at a VA Hospital in San Francisco at age 85. He was and is a true American Hero unlike gutless coward Donald Trump who belongs in a jail cell for life. Impeach him now. Emergency!

  5. brabantian  April 9, 2017 at 2:21 am

    The greater part of Trump’s internet support base has collapsed since the Syria attack … Did image-obsessed, super-salesman Trump not anticipate this? … Amongst common people, Trump is now widely despised both within & outside of his voter group

    Tho some Trump fans, like Scott Adams creator of Dilbert, are also offering versions of the ‘clever ruse’ by Trump, quasi-positive reading of his Syria strike, as Gilad Atzmon does above

    If President Trump-Kushner just ran a show to mollify the Deep State & their media lackeys … Isn’t the Deep State smart enough to figure that out, & start pressuring Trump for Moar War, ‘real action’ to undermine Assad etc? … Isn’t Trump already doing quite a lot of mass-murder with the USA drone planes, showing he really is the neo-con?

    Some of Trump’s former voters now say ‘anti-Semitically’ that Trump-Kushner MAGA means Make Ashkenazis Great Always

  6. davor  April 9, 2017 at 1:40 am

    A government that can melt skyscrapers in seconds with only jet fuel can also defuse wmd with bombs. I have seen it in Wile E. Coyote cartoons, the subliminal strategy of working wonders. The attack on Syria could have been for many piled and glued reasons like showing guts to congress, future potential Israeli warfare in Lebanon, props for Baltic wars and escalation in Ukraine, and how to introduce various expensive/lucrative routes for EU pipelines (anything but the Russian routes).

    • Heinrich R.  April 9, 2017 at 3:55 am

      US reality is indeed on par with Wile E. Coyote cartoons.

    • CoJonesGrandes  April 9, 2017 at 7:12 am

      @Heinrich R.
      How much longer do we have to wait before the coyote notices it’s running in mid-air over the canyon and plummets down?

    • Eduardo  April 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Until the Orange One and his Mob has bombed sense into humanity.

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