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Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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Was the 1967 war one of choice?

On the 40th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War, it seems we are experiencing a deluge of revelations that challenge myths of the past. Recently declassified suggest that, contrary to the common narrative, Israel’s Six-Day War may not have been a war of necessity.

Little-noticed details in declassified documents from the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, indicate that top officials in the Johnson administration — including Johnson’s most pro-Israeli Cabinet members — did not believe war between Israel and its neighbors was necessary or inevitable, at least until the final hour. In these documents, Israel emerges as a vastly superior military power, its opponents far weaker than the menacing threat Israel portrayed, and war itself something that Nasser, for all his saber-rattling, tried to avoid until the moment his air force went up in smoke. In particular, the diplomatic role of Nasser’s vice president, who was poised to travel to Washington in an effort to resolve the crisis, has received little attention from historians. The documents sharpen a recurring theme in the history of the Israeli-Arab wars, and especially of their telling in the West: From the war of 1948 to the 2007 conflict in Gaza, Israel is often miscast as the vulnerable David in a hostile sea of Arab Goliaths.

“You will whip the hell out of them,” Lyndon Johnson told Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban during a visit to the White House on May 26, 1967. The president’s conclusions were based on multiple intelligence reports, including a CIA assessment that Israel “can maintain internal security, defend successfully against simultaneous Arab attacks on all fronts, launch limited attacks simultaneously on all fronts, or hold any of three fronts while mounting successfully a major offensive on the fourth.” As Nicholas Katzenbach, U.S. undersecretary of state at the time, recalled: “The intelligence was absolutely flat on the fact that the Israelis … could wipe out the Arabs in no time at all.”

As we witnessed during last year’s 35 day war with Lebanon, this script is all too familiar. Any notion that Israel is fighting for its very existence was shattered in 2006, and it now appears that this situation was either exaggerated in the past, if not entirely fabricated.

But privately Nasser was sending strong signals he would not go to war. On May 31, he met with an American emissary, former Treasury Secretary Robert Anderson, assuring him that Egypt would not “begin any fight.” Two days later, Nasser told a British M.P., Christopher Mayhew, that Egypt had “no intention of attacking Israel.” The same day he met again with Anderson, agreeing to dispatch his vice president, Zakariya Mohieddin, to Washington, in an apparent last-ditch attempt to avoid war. (Anderson and Johnson had also spoken of a visit to Cairo by Vice President Hubert Humphrey.)

17 comments ↪
  • BenZ

    On teh 40th anniversary

    A typo. Forgiveable.

    Recently declassified [sic] suggest that

    Perhaps an innocent error.

    As we witnessed during last year [sic] 35 day war

    Must be another innocent error.

    Any notion that Israel is fighting for it’s very existence

    Nope. Definitely sub-literate.

    Have you noticed how few people actually pile on top of me begging me to stop teasing you Andre? Is it because:

    a) Nobody's actually here and you haven't set up a sockpuppet
    b) I'm right
    c) People enjoy watching…

  • BenZ

    it now appears that this situation was either exaggerated in the past, if not entirely fabricated

    It is amazing how one single article in a pop magazine is enough to completely vindicate your bizarre conspiracy theories.

    Couldn't you at least add a couple of anonymous blogs as "evidence" to further support your outrageous claim?

  • Andre

    Thanks BenZ.

    Nothing to add about the thread I take it?

  • Marilyn

    Actually this has been written about extensively in Haaretz with the documents publihsed on the site and Norman Finkelstein confirming it is true.

    Israel has started every fight based on sheer paranoia. Of course they suck up to the people who committed the holocaust and the chutzpah is extraordinary.

    Germany murdered 6 million Jews so the Jews kill Palestinians and arabs and then grovel to Germany.

    Amazing stuff.

    Benz you need to read a bit more.

  • viva peace

    Andre

    Indeed it was a war of choice. A choice made by the Muslims.

  • Mike

    This is fascinating. I just wish a decent discussion could take place in a prominent newspaper where these facts are actually acknowledged in a meaningful way. A full page ad showing the offending quotations and their context. Im sick of reading Jewish justifications which read like rehearsed scripts "it was a war of choice. A choice made by the Muslims." No, these declassified documents prove otherwise so deal with it.

  • I'm not sure that any moderately well informed person believes the éxistential threat' version of the June 1967 war. Except of course, the usual suspects who believe in an Israel that is forever blameless.

    Even without newly released material, the whole contention of an 'ímminent attack'(at the more reasonable end of the Israel right-or-wrong spectrum, the other end will tell you that Egypt and Syria attacked Israel to initiate the war)is pretty weak. Most accounts fail to point out that Egypt had significant forces in Yemem at the time. Did Nasser really plan to launch a war agianst Israel without his full forces, only 9 years after being whipped(1956)? Not very likely.

  • Yes, I'm not sure there's anything particularly new about these revelations. Although it is good they are being aired. There seems to be this subtle naivety in the West where we need to be reminded about the wrongs of the past, both distant and not so long ago, as though we have only recently discovered them. These revelations about Israel and the 67 war are similar to reports that continue to come out, from time to time, proving that Bush was always going to invade Iraq regardless of any real threat.

    We tend to go in circles a lot. Meanwhile, the power equation doesn't really change.

  • viva peace

    In the coming war the Muslims are planning, let us hope Israel tells the US to get stuffed and finish the job properly this time, like they should have in 1967.

  • Andre

    What war are "the Muslims" planning Viva?

    The war being planned right now is out of Dick Cheney's office in Washington.

    But I agree, let's hope Israel does tell Washington to get stuffed. The last time they did Washington's bidding, they got a severe hiding. Surely you are in no hurry to see a repeat of that Viva?

    As for the 1967 war, Israel fired the first shots. No one forced them to pull the trigger.

  • Haha champagne comedy!

  • BenZ

    Thanks Marilyn for advice that I should read more.

    This, from a person who has to my understanding, read a single book by Ilan Pappe and proceeded to tell us all about it dozens of times (seriously: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&a… Marilyn "Ilan Pappe" )

    Wow. You also read Ha'aretz! Slow clap from everybody here…
    Duck over to Amazon.com and find a few more titles. You won't even need to read them. Just tell us you did, and we'll then scratch our heads and wonder why you still have no freakin' idea what you are talking about…

    Oh yes Marilyn, we all know how you told us all "the truth" about the Baktiyaris, and frothed and abused anyone who disagreed with you. How does it feel to know that even they let you down? When they lied, and made a liar out of you.

    Andre,

    Nothing to add about the thread I take it?

    Well – there was the comment immediately preceding yours, but I guess you ignored it. Very cutting response though. Ouch!

    I also imagine there are plenty of other people who'd add comments here, but we know Loewenstein censors them all.

  • Andre

    BenZ,

    You seem to be working very hard to perfect your impersonation of a simian who when confronted, craps in their own hand a flings it.

    You continue demonstrate an inability to address the topic at hand, preferring instead to issue insults and abuse and still complain about censorship.

    Keep it up dude, Every blog needs a village idiot trying hard to be a troll.

  • E.Mariyani

    In the coming war the Muslims are planning,

    If this isn't evidence that viva peace has completely lost his mind, then nothing is.

    let us hope Israel tells the US to get stuffed and finish the job properly this time

    Oh, wonderful; yet another unvanished reference to the desirability of genocide.

    Psychologically insane and morally insane. Is this representative of the Zionist mind-set these days?

  • viva peace

    Andre

    Israel's "hiding?" Tell that the Lebanese people who are celebrating victory by being killed by Al-Quada and the Palestinians. Great vitory, dude!

  • Marilyn

    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/69413.htm

    Ge Benz, I was right about the Bakhityari kids you ugly cretin.

    They were aged 14 months, 7, 10, 12, 14 and 16 and had been locked up like animals for 4 years.

    DIMA now say "we never denied they are from Afghanistan".

    $6 million DIMA wasted to lie to everyone.

  • Andre

    Yes Viva,

    Israel’s “hiding”.

    You only need ask 51% of Israeli population who won. I know it's a bitter pill to swallow for someone who's entire belief system is based on the principal that might makes right.

    Tell that the Lebanese people who are celebrating victory by being killed by Al-Quada and the Palestinians. Great vitory, dude!

    You must be referring to the Saudi funded Al-Qaeda that the Lebanese government invited into the country to thwart the very people who gave Israel such that "hiding"?

    As for victory, one need only compare Nasrallah's popularity to Olmert's single digit approval rating to figure out who had his way with the other.