To state what is. To see reality. To act upon that…These concepts were also pit forward in the following paragraphs



I remember some discussions in 1927 in Moscow after Chiang Kaishek stilled the Chinese workers. We predicted

this ten days before and Stalin opposed us with the argument that Borodin was vigilant, that Chiang Kaishek would not have the possibility to betray us, etc. I believe that it was eight or ten days later that the tragedy occurred and our comrades expressed optimism because our analysis was so clear that everyone would see it and we would be sure to win the party. I answered that the strangulation of the Chinese revolution is a thousand times more important for the masses than our predictions. Our predictions can win some few intellectuals who take an interest in such things, but not the masses. The military victory of Chiang Kaishek will inevitably provoke a depression and this is not conducive to the growth of a revolutionary fraction.


You can imagine the same kinds of arguments as the Stalinists were putting forward in 1927, Borodin (Stalinist) was going to remain vigilant, so Netanyahu or Livni will also be vigilant, so therefore a Palestinian Jihad state is not going to be a problema, they are so vigilant!!!


But the very act itself would be a massive physical and psychological defeat. Despite the majority of Jews in Israel being very afraid the leadership ploughs ahead and under pressure from international capitalism they would give in, and stop fighting, against the Jihad. The results would be horrible for Jews. The psychological effects would cause a total deadening and a cynicism among the best Jews. They may even turn to defeatist mysticism.


This is an effort by Martin Sherman to understand the reality facing Israel. Israel as long as it is led by false prophets is indeed wallowing naked in the Winter snow, and then some…

What Martin does not deal with fully is what does it take to be a “good prophet” in this era. The bourgeoisie is in big trouble, even a blind man can see that. America is in debt by SO much, I do not want to go into the process here. There is SO much credit splashing around the capitalist markets. Deals are made electronically with no direct human intervention in unbelievable fractions of seconds. America supports Islam and the Jihad and does this now quite openly while those ideological slaves of Obama ideology will openly call you a racist if you even question Islam (here Russell Brand on Halal is merely carrying on the traditions of Karen Armstrong). The British Government leans towards Sharia and allows the brutality of Halal meat being consumed from British supermarkets unlabelled. The girls and people of Nigeria are being whipped into accepting the slavery of the ancient Islam and so on. This is the first weakness of the approach of Martin Sherman. For good or ill you HAVE to posit Israel of today inside that overall crisis of the system under which we live and you have to do this consistently and almost ruthlessly.

For my money the starting point is the still amazingly concise points laid down by Marx and Engels in the Manifesto. Without this guide to knowledge 8that is the method behind the Manifesto) then we are still and always condemned to tramping around in the dark.




Shakespeare on the futility of self-deception 

I believe that to adequately comprehend the situation we are in, we must understand the process that brought it about.

At the risk of being flamboyant, I should like to begin my explanation of the foretold futility of the “peace-process” with a quote from Shakespeare’s Richard II, Act I, Scene 3.

Although some might find the connection between the citation and the Arab-Israeli conflict e abstruse, I will explain the relevance shortly, and hope that, like myself, the Post readership will find it instructive in elucidating the defective rationale on which the entire peace process was founded.

The quotation relates to an incident in which Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV) is exiled by Richard II (ruled 1377-1399) and is distraught at being banished from his beloved England.

His father, John O’ Gaunt, attempts to assuage his distress by advising him to fend off the hardships of exile by imagining that they do not exist: 

Look, what thy soul holds dear, imagine it
To lie that way thou go’st, not whence thou comest:
Suppose the singing birds musicians,
The flowers fair ladies, and thy steps no more
Than a delightful measure or a dance;
For gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite
The man that mocks at it and sets it light.

But the realistic Bolingbroke responds by rejecting the recommendation for self-delusion and wishful thinking, declaring forthrightly: 

O, who can hold a fire in his hand
By thinking on the frosty Caucasus?
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite
By bare imagination of a feast?
Or wallow naked in December snow
By thinking on fantastic summer’s heat?

The relevance for the ‘peace process’ 

In a very fundamental way, this citation conveys precisely why the peace process was a forgone failure.

For it portrays the belief, held by some, that reality can be transformed by wishful thinking; that one can forge changes in reality by sheer force of imagination and wish away inconvenient facts by denying their existence.

It is precisely the intellectual licentiousness of the kind advocated by John O’ Gaunt that afflicted the architects of the Oslo process, who seemed – indeed, still seem – sadly immune to the sober realism of Bolingbroke. They cling to the belief that imagination can transform “singing birds” into “musicians,” and “flowers” into “fair ladies,” steadfastly refusing to acknowledge that one cannot “hold a fire in one’s hand [b]y thinking on the frosty Caucasus.”

Indeed, the entire “peace process” has, from the outset, been based on suppositions detached from reality; and the policies adopted to promote it were futile attempts to bend reality to unrealistic desires.

Growing awareness of futility 

There are growing signs that awareness of this futility is beginning to dawn – earlier for some, later for others. However, as I shall explain (next week), this is not necessarily producing proposals for alternatives any better, or less hazardous, than the doomed twostate approach.

The futility of the peace process was always a foretold inevitability.

For the structure of the bargain that needs to be struck for the twostate paradigm, on which it is based, to be viable, is unattainable.

It was Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, former head of the National Security Council, who remarked, half a decade ago: “The maximum any Israeli government can offer is less than the minimum any Palestinian leader can accept. The real gap between the sides is much greater than perceived, and that gap is growing.”

Sadly, perhaps the most fitting analogy to graphically convey the situation is that of two cowboys, the one in a black hat, the other in a white one, facing each other in a duel in the main street of a dusty western town, when just before they “go for their guns” the one growls at the other, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”

This is precisely the situation that prevails vis-à-vis Israel and Palestinians with regard to the territory between the (Jordan) River and the (Mediterranean) Sea.

There is no way to arrive at a stable geo-political configuration that involves dividing the sovereignty over this territory between Jews and Arabs And let me stress, I make this determination as a political scientist – not a as religious fundamentalist or radical right-wing ideologue.

Eroding position; desperate proposals 

The increasingly evident futility of the endeavor to reach a negotiated settlement is manifesting itself in two main ways: (a) Increasing erosion of Israeli positions; and (b) Increasingly desperate proposals both on the Left and Right.

To grasp just how far Israeli positions have been eroded, consider the following citation from a senior mainstream politician, who almost four decades ago predicted with chilling accuracy what would come about if Israel were to embrace the two-state paradigm: “The establishment of such a state means the inflow of combat- ready Palestinian forces (more than 25,000 men under arms) into Judea and Samaria; this force, together with the local youth, will double itself in a short time. It will not be short of weapons or other [military] equipment, and in a short space of time, an infrastructure for waging war will be set up in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Israel will have problems in preserving day-to-day security, which may drive the country into war, or undermine the morale of its citizens. In time of war, the frontiers of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for mobile forces to mount attacks on infrastructure installations vital for Israel’s existence…

and to cause bloodshed among the population… in areas adjacent to the frontier line.”

Even more remarkable than the accuracy of the prophesy is the identity of the prophet. Those were the prescient words of none other than Shimon Peres, who now enthusiastically endorses the policy he urged Israel to eschew.

Even more significant erosion 

But perhaps an even more dramatic illustration of how gravely Israel’s positions have been eroded in the futile pursuit of an agreement with Palestinians is provided by the text of the final address by Yitzhak Rabin to the Knesset on October 5, 1995, seeking ratification of the Oslo II Accords – a mere month before his assassination.

In it Rabin rejected the idea of Palestinian statehood, declaring that: “… the permanent solution… will include… a Palestinian entity which will… be an entity which is less than a state…” He went on to assert: “We will not return to the 4 June 1967 lines… These are the main changes, not all of them, which we envision… in the permanent solution: “First and foremost, united Jerusalem, which will include both Ma’aleh Adumim and Givat Ze’ev – as the capital of Israel, under Israeli sovereignty… “The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term.

“Changes which will include the addition of Gush Etzion, Efrat, Betar and other communities, most of which are in the area east of what was the Green Line prior to the Six Day War.

“The establishment of blocs of settlements in Judea and Samaria, like the one in Gush Katif.”

This address was delivered after he had been awarded the Nobel Peace prize and hailed as a “valiant warrior for peace.” Yet today, if any Israeli leader were to embrace the Nobel Peace laureate’s vision for a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, he would be dismissed as an unreasonable and unrealistic extremist.

Understanding the impasse: Israel’s twin imperatives 

The discovery of the failure of the peace process is not a matter of hindsight. For anyone with the slightest grasp of the basic elements of political science, international relations, the theory of the nation, and the stability of nation-states, it was a foretold inevitability.

Belatedly, the validity and viability of the paradigm that has dominated the discourse – the two-state land-for-peace approach – based on political appeasement and territorial withdrawal – is being questioned by mainstream pundits across the political spectrum.

Thus in 2007, Maj.-Gen. Uzi Dayan, formerly deputy chief of staff and head of the National Security Council, observed: “The landfor- peace idea has now collapsed.

We have to find another way, and a new concept is urgently needed.”

Echoing precisely the same sentiments, distinctly left-wing pundit Prof. Carlo Strenger wrote in Haaretz: “It is time to have a clear-headed, hard look at reality: The two state solution is dead.

Where do we go from here?” To understand the reasons for, and the nature of, the impasse, we need to recognize that for Israel to survive over time as the nationstate of the Jewish people, it must contend with two vital imperatives: The Geographic Imperative and the Demographic Imperative.

In addressing these two imperatives, Israel faces two mortal dangers: The two-state paradigm – which does not address the Geographic Imperative; The one-state paradigm – which does not address the Demographic Imperative.

Not ‘right-wing scaremongering’ 

The visuals distributed to the JNF audience prior to my address (“Israel: Through the binoculars of a Palestinian intelligence officer”), clearly illustrate why the two-state proposal would make Israel geographically untenable.

Not only would the width of the country – in its most populous areas – be reduced to a minuscule 15-25 km. (roughly the distance from Beverly Hills to Malibu along Sunset Boulevard), but these would be completely dominated topographically by the limestone hills that comprise the “West Bank” and rise above it from the east. Any forces – regular or irregular – deployed on their western slopes, will command: 
• Virtually all major airfields in the country (civilian and military), including the only international airport; 
• Major sea ports and naval bases; 
• The fresh water system; 
• Main land transportation axes (road and rail); 
• Principal power plants; 
• The nation’s parliament;
• Crucial centers of government and military command; 
• Eighty percent of the civilian population and the commercial activity in the country.

In any two-state scenario, all of the above would be in range of weapons being used today from areas already transferred to Arab control. This can therefore no longer be dismissed as right-wing scaremongering, for it is merely a prudent extrapolation of the empirical precedent.

Next week – Part II 

In the concluding part of my analysis next week, I shall deal with the remaining topics raised in my address: 
• The Arab Spring as a threat multiplier 
• The irrelevance of assumed Palestinian “sincerity” 
• The Hamas-Fatah rapprochement 
• The one-state paradigm – A precursor to Muslim tyranny 
• Mirror images of desperation: Proposals for unilateral withdrawal vs unilateral annexation/enfranchisement of Arab residents in Judea-Samaria 
• My assessment of what Netanyahu is liable to do 
• My assessment of what Netanyahu ought to do 

I will end next week’s column with the very same words with which I end this one: In the final analysis, between the River and the Sea there will exist either exclusive Jewish sovereignty or exclusive Arab sovereignty.

The side that will prevail, is the side whose national will is the stronger and whose political vision is the sharper.

This is not right-wing extremism or religious fanaticism.

It is merely sound political science.

Martin Sherman ( is the founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. 


The situation in the American death cells is related to the crisis in the capitalist system and to the very nature of US capitalism. People tend to forget that. Read below the first paragraphs of the wiki entry on Sells


This is a good report by Kate Randall of wsws

Texas carries out lethal injection with drug from unidentified source

By Kate Randall
5 April 2014


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The state of Texas executed Tommy Lynn Sells Thursday night using a version of the drug pentobarbital from an unnamed source. The US Supreme Court denied a request from Sells’ lawyers to block the execution on the grounds that Texas officials have refused to disclose details about the pentobarbital used in the lethal injection. Sells’ defense argued that execution with the drug could cause severe pain, constituting cruel and unusual punishment.

Sells, 49, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of 13-year-old Kaylene Harris. He pleaded guilty to the 1999 murder of nine-year-old Mary Beatrice Perez and received a life sentence in that case in exchange for the plea. Sells claimed to have been responsible for the deaths of as many as 70 people nationwide.

Witnesses to the execution said that Sells closed his eyes and gasped as the drug was administered at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, at around 6 p.m. local time. He then took a few deep breaths before his eyes closed and he began to snore. Sells was pronounced dead some 13 minutes after the pentobarbital was administered.

In a macabre scene repeated hundreds of times at the nation’s busiest execution chamber, families of the victims were present to witness the execution. Also present were two of the condemned man’s friends and the prison chaplain. Sells was the fifth person executed in Texas in 2014 and the 513th to be put to death in the state since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Out of concern over the use of pentobarbital in executions, European drug makers have stopped selling the sedative in the US market. In an effort to keep state execution chambers in operation, authorities have begun obtaining lethal mixtures of the drug from compounding pharmacies, which are less strictly regulated than other pharmaceutical companies and can be exempt from Food and Drug Administration regulation. States have refused to release the names of these companies, citing alleged threats against the pharmacies or potential lawsuits.

Texas prison officials had obtained a supply of pentobarbital from a suburban Houston compounder last year, but the drugs expired at the end of March. They obtained a new supplier elsewhere, but have refused to make the source known to the public or the attorneys of death row inmates. Tommy Sells was the first person to be executed using pentobarbital from this undisclosed source.

Attorneys for Sells and Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, a Mexican national scheduled to be executed April 9, filed several lawsuits in an effort to compel Texas to disclose information about the source and details of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections. Last week, a district judge in Austin told Texas authorities to reveal information about the drugs to the two men’s lawyers, but did not order the information to be made public. Texas officials appealed that decision and it was stayed by the state’s Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the day before Sells’ execution, a federal judge in Houston issued a temporary injunction halting both executions until the two prisoners’ attorneys had been provided information about the source and quality of the drugs. A federal appeals court reversed that decision within hours, which meant that Sells’ execution could go forward.

The appeals court ruled that the plaintiffs were “speculating” about the risk of severe pain with use of the new drugs and that “speculation is not enough.” Lawyers representing the state argued that tests showed the drugs were of acceptable quality, while refusing to make this information public.

In their client’s last-minute appeal to the US Supreme Court, Sells’ lawyers listed as defendants a number of Texas officials and “unknown executioners.” They petitioned to know the source of the pentobarbital to be used in the lethal injection, details of how it was prepared, and who had tested it.

Citing constitutional protections against “cruel and unusual punishment” set forth in the Eighth Amendment, they argued that Sells “has a constitutional interest—and consequent due process rights—in not being executed in a tortuous manner.” The Supreme Court declined this request. Last month, the high court rejected a similar request from a death row inmate in Missouri who was subsequently executed.

Due to drug shortages, states have scrambled to concoct new lethal mixtures for executions. Until 2010, most states used a three-drug protocol including an anesthetic (pentobarbital or, formerly, sodium thiopental), a paralytic agent (pancuronium bromide), and an agent to stop the heart and cause death (potassium chloride).

According to the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), eight of the 32 states that practice capital punishment have either used or intend to use compounding pharmacies to obtain their drugs for lethal injection. State authorities have continued to utilize various untested chemical mixtures in lethal injections despite substantial evidence that their use causes pain and suffering.

On January 9, Oklahoma inmate Michael Lee Wilson, 38, died by lethal injection of a three-drug mixture of pentobarbital. Witnesses reported he cried out, “I feel my whole body burning” following the lethal injection, before being pronounced dead several minutes later. (See: “US states turn to unregulated compounding facilities to make drugs for lethal injections.”)

Ohio executed Dennis McGuire, 53, on January 16 using an experimental two-drug mixture. He writhed in agony for 25 minutes before being pronounced dead, according to those witnessing his lethal injection. (See: “The horror in Ohio’s death chamber.”)

Executions in the US have dropped from a high of 98 in 1999 to 39 last year, in part due to legal battles over methods of execution. Public support for the barbaric practice has declined as well, as growing numbers of cases point to wrongful convictions and the likely executions of innocent people.

But the state killing machine grinds on. According to DPIC, as of last year 3,095 prisoners languished on death rows nationwide. Since reinstitution of the death penalty, 1,374 men and women have been sent to their deaths, including the mentally impaired, foreign nationals denied their consular rights, and those convicted of crimes committed as juveniles.


From Wikipedia on Sells


Sells and his twin sister, Tammy Jean, contracted meningitis[citation needed] when they turned 18 months old. While Sells suffered a high fever, he survived. His sister, however, died from the disease. Shortly thereafter, Tommy Sells was sent to live with his aunt Bonnie Woodall in Holcomb, Missouri, where he lived until he was five years old. When Sells was eight, he began spending time with a man named Willis Clark, from a neighboring city. Clark would later be suspected of child molestation.[2]:4

Sells started traveling to find work. Because he was homeless at the time, he hitched rides, hopped trains and at one point stole a vehicle. He held several different jobs, often doing menial labor.[citation needed]