The story “hangs there,” a week now, no one will touch it other than the Times of Israel, their answer to ,Veterans Today, a publication run by former spies.
American reporting of the talk carefully edited out General Mattis’ references to Israeli settlements and his use of the word “apartheid” entity.
This wasn’t just any general, not one of the kooks and malcontents who have sold a colorless military career for a payoff from the Israel lobby, “hot running girls or boys” and a condominium on a top rated PGA golf course.
This is James Mattis, former commander of CentCom, a Marine general with 41 years’ experience, the most respected combat leader of the last two American generations.
So, when “Mad Dog Mattis” addressed the Aspen Security Forum and called Israel “unsustainable,” even Israel listened.
Many people “talk the talk” and Mattis talks that “talk” better than anyone. He also “walks the walk” as well. Below are selected quotes from Mattis, some of the few that can be published as most contain language only Marines use, a bit “too specific” for civilians:
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”
“You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
“You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
It was this last quote that may well have pushed the Times of Israel to note, finally, that Israel’s “dream world” may be coming to an end.
Censored from news around the world, edited from broadcasts, the July 25, 2013, Times of Israel
drops the “Apartheid Bomb,” the first time this term has been used with authority. On the dais with Mattis was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, coined “the voice of the Mossad” by author Jeff Gates.
From the Times of Israel
“Mattis then described a hypothetical in which 500 Jewish settlers live among 10,000 Arabs, and the implications of where Israel draws the border. He called it a choice between giving up the idea of a Jewish” entity or becoming an apartheid entity.
The message of the destructive role of Israel’s illegal settlements, not just in territories occupied after the 1967 war but in violation of the 1949 Armistice Demarcation Lines as well, territory guaranteed as “Arab only,” making up nearly one third of Israel’s legally accepted borders.
Over 95% of that territory has been seized and its Palestinian population “ethnically cleansed.”
Thus, Mattis’s statement on “apartheid” when place in the context of his strong support of Secretary of State John Kerry’s current initiatives, places additional pressure on Israel, pressure not seen since the Carter presidency.
When taken with European Union moves in July, a vote authorizing broad trade sanctions against Israeli entities located on Arab land, not just those termed “occupied territories,” Mattis use of “unsustainable” to describe Israel’s future is meant to be a “wake up call” for a nation Mattis clearly believes has been living in a “dream world.”
Israel’s “lone wolf” policy against Syria
It has become increasingly obvious that the US and European Union see the fall of the Assad government in Syria as unlikely. Moreover, forces dedicated to the war on Syria are finding “greener pastures” in Iraq with over 600 killed last month alone by terrorists under Israeli backed al-Qaeda groups moving back and forth between Iraq, Jordan and Syria.
Increasingly, despite broad financial and military aid from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Assad’s forces are consolidating gains across Syria and inflicting devastating casualties.
Israel’s response, one that has frightened some military leaders there, has been to commit to direct military intervention. Israel has already lost one Dolphin submarine and at least one combat aircraft and crew.
Confrontation with Russia
Military analysts failed to note something very important about Russian weapons deliveries to Syria. One key point was the S300 system, 250 missiles delivered by April 1, 2013, confirmed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
More missiles with mobile launchers and command modules have been delivered since, estimated at nearly 400 by mid-July.
Israel has fewer than 400 first line combat aircraft in its entire air force.
The number of air defense interceptor missiles allocated to Syria, missiles that represent an addition to their current embedded inventory, is highly asymmetrical.
There is no remote hope of Israel every gaining air supremacy over Syria should the conflict widen yet it is obvious that these are Israel’s plans.
With a Russian naval force off Syria’s coast, continued missile attacks, cited by Jane’s as using Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from Israel’s remaining German donated Dolphin nuclear-armed submarines, put Israel at risk of military confrontation with Russia.
We may well have not only supported General Mattis’s use of the word “unsustainable” but have shown it to be an understatement.