The Orwellian Atrocities Prevention Board, Part II

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As discussed in Part I of this article, Russia flies planeloads of weapons to Damascus. Iran supplies Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad with money, trainers, agents, and more weapons. With that kind of backing, Assad can flip the finger at the UN’s Obama-endorsed cease-fire plan and continue the carnage, with more than 10,000 dead at last count.  And what does Obama do?  After months of ignoring or dithering, he forms a committee to look in to the Syrian atrocities.  But not just any committee: no, a committee with multi-agency participation!

If Obama really wanted to bring Assad down, a major defeat for the USA’s regional enemy, Iran, then why not set about organizing, training and arming the Syrian rebels in their sanctuaries in Turkey?  He would have Turkey’s blessing and Saudi Arabia’s cooperation.  But instead, a committee:  the Atrocities Prevention Board (APB).

Obama’s political motivations for forming this committee prior to his re-election campaign, to diffuse criticism regarding his inactivity in the face of Iran’s nuclear threat and Syria’s mass murder of unarmed protesters, have been discussed in Part I.  Now a look at the APB’s future is in order, and its future is defined by its leaders.

The statistically most accurate predictor of 11th grade behavior in high school students is their 10th grade behavior.  The same is often true of adults.  A review of the two most prominent APB leaders’ recent past is likely to offer insight as to the direction in which they may take the APB in the future.

Dr. Samantha Power, the new chairperson of the APB, announced its formation last year.  She is the academic and political power-house who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, and now advises the Obama administration on the subject of international atrocities.  She convened the first meeting of the APB Board of Directors on Monday, April 23, as Obama delivered his speech about American support for human rights at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

While Dr. Power is clearly well versed in issues relating to mass murder, war crimes, and genocide, her ability or willingness to deal objectively with global or regional issues relating to such atrocities must be called in to question, given her past statements and recommendations.  She has a long record of antipathy toward Israel and has argued that America’s relationship with Israel “has often led foreign policy decision-makers to defer reflexively to Israeli security assessments, and to replicate Israeli tactics.”

During a 2002 interview with Harry Kreisler, director of the Institute for International Studies at UC Berkeley, Power said that even if it meant “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import” (i.e., American Jews), the United States should stop investing “billions of dollars” in “servicing Israel’s military” and invest the money instead “in the new state of Palestine.” Moreover, she accused Israel of perpetrating “major human-rights abuses” and suggested that the United States had brought terrorist attacks upon itself by aping Israel’s violations of human rights.

“What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line…and putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import. It may more crucially mean…investing literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israeli military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine…”

She went on to suggest a rather revolutionary solution[i] to the Arab-Israel conflict, US “external intervention” using American military force against Israel:

“…in investing (the) billions of dollars it would probably take also to support, I think, what would to be (sic!), I think, a mammoth protection force…a meaningful military presence because it seems to me at this stage — and this is true of actual genocides as well and not just major human rights abuses which we’re seeing there — but is that you have to go in as if you’re serious. You have to put something on the line and unfortunately the position of a solution on unwilling parties is dreadful, it’s a terrible thing to do, it’s fundamentally undemocratic.”

So the chair of President Obama’s new Atrocities Prevention Board once called publicly for the United States to impose by means of military force an essentially anti-Israel resolution to end the conflict by sending a meaningful military presence, a mammoth force of American troops, to invade Israel in order to end the putative abuses that she said were being committed there by Israel against Palestinians!

Let’s recall that she made this pronouncement at a time when the 2nd intifada was at its height, with Israeli buses being blown up by suicide bombers almost daily and Arafat screaming “Jihad, jihad, jihad” into PA television.

In March 2011, Glenn Beck covered Dr. Power on his radio show, and in a subsequent article  he concluded that Samantha Power is probably the most dangerous woman in America, and a real threat to IsraelHe also noted that[UN official Richard Falk] has been pushing for the right to protect or the Responsibility to Protect to be used against Israel and they’ve been trying this now for the last couple of years, and that’s what this is really all about, period. This is about going after Israel.”  Beck concluded by reiterated his pro-Israel stance and said that there are many forces that are making moves against Israel. Samantha Power, who is clearly a force within the Obama administration, stands among them.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    Powers is incensed that Israel will not roll over and die at the hands of Palestinian murderers.
    As jihadists slit the throats of Jewish babies will she call it a conspiracy of silence when they
    stop crying for their mothers. How much of America's tax dollars are beng spent on this
    Obama fiasco and how is it Obama spends at will rather than the Congress doing it's job of
    monotoring and spending on and approved budget. APB is a danger to Israel yes but to
    America also, these people are sicko leftist hacks not seen since the days Communists
    eliminated excess populations and ran their slave labor camps. This move by Obama should
    take away any doubt of his regime being anything but a false and destructive dictatorship.
    America would do well to vote out of Office the entire Government and remove these
    detestible liars from the Nation, a nice place in Iran or Iraq must be waiting…………William

  • oldtimer

    What about the Christian churchs that are being raided and the Christians killed by Muslims? I quess in this administrations eyes atrocities are only comminted against Muslims.

  • Me in Canada Eh

    I think the Obummer administration will have much, much more to deal with very soon, right within its own borders.

  • Schlomotion

    I am glad American politicians and intellectuals are finally calling Israel and its propagandists in the United States to account for their illegal settlement expansion and their undermining of the peace process, which Benjamin Netanyahu admits to on video. I would have no intention of going to kill Syrians so that Israelis can see Iran weakened by the military strength of American rural whites and urban blacks and latinos. I would LOVE to join an army that goes to Palestine and enforces a mandate for a two state solution. Israel seems to think it is too cunning, too good, and too deserving to actually engage the world with anything but racial and religious greed. I wholeheartedly endorse forcing them into a finite space and deporting their Hasbara agents for materially supporting a foreign power whose interests are contrary to our own.

  • StephenD

    None of us should be surprised by these people appointed by Obama. We know where he stands regardless of what he says, he hates Israel. I keep telling people that want to make a point out of his place of birth or his religion or even his politics, that it doesn't matter what he calls himself. He can SAY he is a Capitalist, Christian, American Patriot but his ACTIONS are the same as those of a Socialist, Anti-American, Islamist Operative.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Schlocky,

    IF you are in fact opposed to illegal occupations, then please pack up your crap and LEAVE North America to end YOUR brutal, racist occupation of Native American land. Please don't have double standards.

    Additionally Schlock, you are welcome to test your skills against the US military or the IDF when you take up arms with your Islamofascist allies. A face off would be a good way to demonstrate your sincerity.

    Perhaps you can test the NO-Infidels zone of Mecca or have the females of your circle disobey the hijab requirements the religious police of your Islamic Regime of Iran have set.

    The checkpoints at every airport in the world are examples of "islamophobia", the phobia of inflight planes blowing up as did Pan Am 103 or having passengers interrupt sneaker / underwear bomber jihads.

  • Ralph

    David Meir-Levi has posted a perceptive and troubling article. Obama is a weak president, and is more concerned with reelection than doing the principled response. Obama also seems to be building a foundation for weakening Israel. This can lead to its destruction. Why? Can only speculate. Obama did attend 20 years of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel preaching by Rev. Wright before becoming president. Very troubling.

  • Ghostwriter

    Hasn't Schlockmotion got anything better to do than bash Jews all day? He revels in anti-semitism like a pig and he's proud of it.

  • johnnywoods

    If the U.S. ever decides to invade Israel I would advise all military personnel to go A.W.O.L. Better to serve time in a stockade than in Hell after your "run-in" with the Most High GOD". "I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you", Gen. 12:3.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      If I was still in uniform I would just say "NO" and take what comes or give out what is necessary.
      Many of our people will be on their way back home after long and multiple tours of duty and are
      in no frame of mind to see how convoluted the government under Obama has debased their
      hard work and sacrifice. We need a Constitutional Convention and reformation and it would be
      nice to see it in the middle of a cleaning out our traitors within………………….William