Chapter 2:

The Occupation of Iraq is the "War in Iraq"

by Christopher Bollyn 

10 January 2007

As Congress and the president debate whether to surge or not in the quagmire of Iraq, the fundamental fact avoided by the Zionist-controlled press and government spokesmen is that the occupation of Iraq is the war in Iraq, and vice versa.

That is to say that the so-called war in Iraq is nothing more than the violence associated with the military occupation.  When the foreign armies leave Iraq, the war will end.  It's that simple.

The illegal military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, like the Zionist occupation of Palestine, are on-going acts of war and aggression that provoke and fuel conflict.  The popular anti-occupation resistance movements in each country are the natural and legitimate responses to illegal occupation. Although seldom described in these terms in the U.S. media, the American people clearly understand that the exceedingly cruel occupation of Iraq is the underlying cause of the conflict that has ravaged that nation since the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003.

Recent public opinion polls (Dec. 2006) found that seventy percent of the U.S. public wants the new Congress to pressure the White House to begin bringing troops home within six months.  Nearly 80 percent of the American public supports withdrawing almost all U.S. troops from Iraq by 2008 and engaging in negotiations with Iran and Syria.

Before the presidential speech on Iraq, White House press secretary Tony Snow said that the president's decision would not be swayed by public opinion polls.  Snow's comment indicated that the Bush administration hopes "to bring the public back" to the extremely unpopular war. "The president will not shape policy according to public opinion, but he does understand that it's important to bring the public back to this war and restore public confidence and support for the mission," Snow said on January 9.


"The mood of the American people is patently clear," Professor Adel Safty wrote in a recent article.  "They want an end to the Iraq war." In Iraq, more than 90 percent of the public wants the U.S. troops to leave immediately and a similar percentage say they were better off under Saddam Hussein.

A scan of recent stories from Iraq's most popular newspaper, Azzaman, reveals why the vast majority of the Iraqi public is so strongly opposed to the U.S. occupation:

December 4, 2006

Baghdad is turning into a wild city and is now almost completely under the mercy of savage militias and gunmen who have taken the law into their own hands. Kidnappings and assassinations take place at a scale never seen before and both U.S. and Iraqi troops are practically powerless in restoring any semblance of order anywhere in the city.

In fact most of the carnage taking place in the city goes unreported and the world only sees a fraction of the daily atrocities.

December 14, 2006

Nearly half of Iraqis able to work are idle, said Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. Mohamed Radhi said the high jobless rate was devastating to a country torn by sectarian strife and violence.

December 12, 2006

At least eight children have died and seven women have had miscarriages in the town of al-Sinya which invading U.S. troops have put under siege for more than 50 days. Sinya is close to Baiji, one of the scores of anti-U.S. strongholds in the country. The town's nearly 50,000 inhabitants are now without running water and food supplies are running dangerously low.

But the occupiers seem to be determined to proceed with their mass punishment and are turning away aid convoys. Pregnant women are denied access to the maternity hospital in Baiji and many others now risk miscarriage.

December 23, 2006

Three female students from the University of Mustansiriya were kidnapped, raped, and killed, and their mutilated bodies passed to the Baghdad morgue.  The horrendous crime has shocked many in Baghdad and unleashed yet another wave of terror in the violence-torn city home to a quarter of Iraq's population.

"This is a fresh horrifying indication that the level of crime and violence is taking unprecedented proportions in Iraq," the group said in a statement.

December 3, 2006

A new opinion poll suggests that more than half of Iraqis know of the existence of illegal drugs and how to get them. Eighty-one per cent said it was not that difficult to buy the drugs while only 18 per cent said they had no idea of their existence.

Most worrying for the researcher has been the high use of illegal drugs among the 15-20 age groups. He said 46 per cent of the youngsters in this group said they were using drugs regularly while the use declines drastically among older groups.

Of the 109 males in the survey, 92 per cent said they bought various drugs and hallucination pills while only 2 per cent of the 97 females in the study said they were using them. The results of the poll, despite its small number of respondents, is evidence of the surge in the use of drugs in a country, which before the 2003 U.S. invasion had the lowest number of drug users in the Middle East.

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These reports reveal the lawlessness and chaos that the U.S. occupation has produced in Iraq.  Such disastrous results can only be called a failure, by any measure – unless, of course, the creation of widespread instability and misery is the intention of the occupying powers.  While this may sound incredible, the evidence suggests this is actually the case.

With overwhelming majorities in Iraq and the United States demanding an end to the U.S.-led occupation, why are our elected officials considering sending more troops? The only people who support sending more troops are hard-core Zionists, like Frederick Kagan, one of the Israel-first planners who pushed hard for war against Iraq.  Fred is, along with his father, Donald, and brother, Robert, among the signers of the Project for the New American Century document from 2000, which specifically called for U.S. aggression against Iraq.

"Removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power," Robert Kagan and other Neo-Cons wrote to President Clinton in January 1998, "…needs to become the aim of American foreign policy." Robert's brother, Fred, is now telling the president to send more troops to the Iraq quagmire:  "We need a long-lasting surge because we have to keep in mind that we face an enemy here that adapts to our strategy," Kagan, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute says. "If we do a short surge they will just wait us out. We need to surge for at least 18 months."


The neoconservatives have always considered a stable and functioning Iraq a threat to their design for the Middle East, Professor Abbas J. Ali of IndianaUniversity, wrote in his recent article "Targeting Sadrists, Targeting Iraq."

Michael Ledeen, a Neo-Con strategist, says that instability in the Middle East is the preferred political state because it facilitates U.S. control of the region. "Stability is an unworthy American mission and a misleading concept to boot," Ledeen says.  "The real issue is not whether, but how to destabilize."

After three years of U.S.-led occupation, life for the Iraqi people has become extremely unstable, miserable, and hopeless.  Iraqis are deserting the country in droves. Has the widespread misery in Iraq been created by design – Zionist design – as Ledeen's comment suggests?

When we consider that Ledeen's 28-year-old daughter, Simone, went to Iraq in the fall of 2003 as adviser to the occupation government's Ministry of Finance in Baghdad, and played a key role in establishing the regime of quislings, the answer seems obvious. "In short order," the Washington Post reported, "six of the new young hires [including Ledeen] found themselves managing the country's $13 billion budget, making decisions affecting millions of Iraqis."


A recent article in Azzaman (December 13, 2006), confirms the suspicion that much of the chaos and carnage is being carried out by foreign secret services and their agents – not Iraqis:

There is a deep fear among the leaders of the Sadrist Movement in parliament that their followers are being targeted. They believe that the call for a surge in foreign troops in Baghdad goes beyond intimidation. Foreign troops, they argue, will not direct its power against terrorists. Their fears have been reinforced since government security experts discovered that the bombs in Sadr City on November 23 and the one that followed two weeks later in al-Tayrin Circle in central Baghdad, which slaughtered Sadrist supporters, were made of highly sophisticated materials that neither foreign terrorists nor Iraqi groups have access to nor the skills to assemble them.

The evidence indicates that much of the bombing and bloodshed in occupied Iraq is actually being done by foreign secret services.  Two British agents, for example, disguised as Shiite militiamen, were captured in Basra in the fall of 2005 with a car full of explosives and detonators after they had driven by and fired on a crowd of protestors. Caught by Iraqi police, the British army took extreme measures and bulldozed the prison to obtain the release of the fake Shiite terrorists before they could be interrogated and charged with crimes of terrorism.


Stage-managing the calamitous occupation of Iraq are high-level Zionist agents with close ties to Israel.  These senior agents, with clear ties to the state of Israel, have played key roles in guiding (or misguiding) the U.S.-led war and occupation in Iraq from the beginning. Israel, it should be noted, has been in a state of war with Iraq since the Zionist state was established in 1948.  For the United States to knowingly employ hostile and enemy Israeli agents in the planning and setting up the military occupation in Iraq indicates that the occupation is, in fact, Zionist-designed.

In that case, the motivation for creating widespread chaos and bloodshed is quite clear – it is simply part of the Zionist agenda to destabilize and partition Iraq while seizing its strategic assets and resources through theft and privatization schemes.

While there are certainly scores of un-named Zionist agents involved in the aggression and occupation of Iraq, Americans like Simone Ledeen with documented ties to Israel held high-level positions during the setting up of the occupation authority. Understanding their ties to the state of Israel explains why the occupation has been an unmitigated disaster for the Iraqi nation and its people.


During the initial phase of the Iraq war, until May 1, 2003, Dan Senor was the 31-year-old Director of the CoalitionInformationCenter at CENTCOM HQ in Qatar.  Senor later served as Senior Advisor to L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), whom he advised on a variety of policy and communications issues. Senor, certainly one of Israel's most highly placed agents during the war, went to Baghdad in mid-April 2003 where he remained as a high-level CPA authority through June 2004, when Bremer quickly and secretly fled the country.

While Senor's biography on the White House website reveals that he obtained a degree at the University of Western Ontario and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it says nothing about his parents.  This was a prudent decision to conceal the Senor family ties to Israel. Dan is the son of Helen and the late James M. Senor, who was raised in Cleveland.

The Czechoslovakian-born Helen Senor lives in Toronto where she worked for 26 years as the secretary to the Israeli consul general.  "For 26 years, I felt like I lived in Israel five days a week. I'm surrounded by Israelis and the Hebrew language, and all the concerns are about Israel," she said.

She told the Jewish press that she and her late husband were ardent Zionists.  She has two children and two step-children, two of whom live in Israel.  James was national director of Canadian Society for the Weizmann Institute of Science.

James previously worked at the Jewish Agency in Israel, the central organ of the global Zionist network.  Prior to moving to Jerusalem, during the 1950s and 60s, the senior Senor was the director of the Jewish Community Center in Utica, New York.

Dan Senor, at age 22, was an intern at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israeli lobby in Washington. His sister, Wendy Senor Singer, heads AIPAC's office in Jerusalem, and his brother-in-law, Saul Singer, is a right-wing editor of the Jerusalem Post. Prior to going to Iraq, Senor worked for the Carlyle Group from 2001 to 2003. The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, is closely linked with the Bush family. Senor was also a director of the US-Israel Business Exchange.   Senor was clearly a well positioned Zionist agent prepared to manage the occupation and the hostile takeover of assets of Iraq, but he wasn't alone.


The hostile takeover of Iraq's strategic assets was clearly the Zionist plan from the beginning.  The plan was to acquire the wealth of Iraq by managing the privatization of Iraqi factories and resources.  The agents for this scheme were carefully chosen by the Bush administration.

L. Paul Bremer, the former managing director of Kissinger Associates, was named Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for post-war Iraq on May 6, 2003.  Bremer had served as Kissinger's executive assistant at the State Dept. in the 1970's.  Prior to his mission in Iraq, Bremer was the Chairman and CEO of Marsh Crisis Consulting, a risk and insurance services firm and a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan. As head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, Bremer exercised complete authority over Iraq's civil administration. He served in this capacity from May 11, 2003 until a puppet government was installed on June 28, 2004.

The "dismal performance" of the CPA to improve the quality of life for Iraqis under its occupation was the result of a "toxic mix of ideological obsession and cronyism," according to Paul Krugman of the New York Times. "The insurgency took root during the occupation's first few months, when the Coalition Provisional Authority seemed oddly disengaged from the problems of postwar anarchy. But what was Paul Bremer III, the head of the C.P.A., focused on?" Krugman asked.

"According to a Washington Post reporter who shared a flight with him last June, 'Bremer discussed the need to privatize government-run factories with such fervor that his voice cut through the din of the cargo hold,'" Krugman wrote in July 2004. Bush appointed his friend and political supporter, Thomas C. Foley, as director of "Private Sector Development" in occupied Iraq in August 2003, putting him in charge of 200 Iraqi state-owned businesses, which were slated to be privatized.  Michael P. Fleischer, the brother of White House spokesman and communications director, Ari Fleischer, was made Foley's deputy director.   

On March 13, 2004, Michael Fleischer became director and took charge of the effort to privatize the seized assets of the Iraqi state.  The Zionist-controlled press did not think the blatant cronyism and nepotism of the Bush White House was a subject worthy of discussion.  There is only one mainstream newspaper article that even mentions Fleischer, Iraq, and the words "privatize" or "privatization."

Fleischer is described as "a New Jersey businessman," who took a leave of absence from Bogen Communications International, Inc., where he has been president and a member of the Board of Directors since 1997.

"Mr. Fleischer’s success as an entrepreneur, manager, and business leader in the international business community will be of enormous value to the CPA and to Iraq," the C.P.A.'s press release said about his promotion. Fleischer and Bremer did not bring value to Iraq, rather they took value from Iraq.  That was their assignment.   During the entire period of the CPA, for example, there was no metering of Iraqi oil production, Iraq's most valuable export.

But who was Michael Fleischer really working for in Iraq?  The evidence is clear that Fleischer has long been a paid agent of the state of Israel and an employee of Israeli military intelligence. Bogen, originally an American-owned electronics company, has been an asset of Israeli military intelligence since 1995.  Fleischer was made president of Bogen in 1997, when the Israeli owners shifted seats. Bogen is actually owned and run by a handful of Israeli agents, closely tied to the Israeli Air Force.

The people who hired and paid Michael Fleischer are former Israeli fighter pilots, Yoav Stern and Zivi R. Nedivi.  These Israelis have been involved in a string of electronic, aviation, and avionics companies since they came to the United States in the 1990s.  They are both former directors and officers of Rada, the "mother ship" company based in Israel. Rada ( is run by senior officers of the Israeli air force. The president and CEO of Rada, for example, is General (Res.) Herzle Bodinger.  Bodinger served in the Israeli air force for 35 years and was commander of the force from January 1992 to July 1996.  All the Rada's senior executives have similar Israeli air force backgrounds. 

These Israeli air force officers are the Zionist handlers who controlled Michael Fleischer, before, during, and after his stint in Iraq. "The only paradigm they know is cronyism," Fleischer, said about the Iraqis.  He should know.