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                           *******Just In - Friday,  January 20th, 2017 *********

    *GIBSON ES-330, 1967, Cherry, 2  chrome covered P-90s, all original,
             some finish wear, vgc, hsc...........

    *FENDER Deluxe Reverb, 1966, Black panel, all original, exc-.....

                           *******Just In - Tuesday,  January 17th, 2017 *********
 *GIBSON Les Paul Deluxe, 1973, Cherry sunburst, this guitar has a 7-Piece top-
             we've never seen one before,  2 original mini humbuckers, Schaller tuners
             installed, new vol& tone knobs, all else original, vgc++, ohsc....$3000

 *PARK P-45C Bluesbreaker Combo by Mitch Colby, serial #1, with
          vintage KT-88 tubes, near mint.....$2750 

 *FENDER Hot Rod Deluxe III, George Benson Deluxe model,
           recent, Grey shower curtain tolex, 1-12" Jensen, 40 Watts, 
              with cover, footswitch, near mint, .....$650

    *FENDER Blues Junior, recent, Black, near mint.......$375

 *GIBSON Melody Maker, 2008, customized green/black sparkle body,
             1 humbucker, exc, gigbag..........$450

                                *******Just In - Sunday,  January 15th, 2017 *********
 *GIBSON SG/LES PAUL, recent, Cherry, '61 Re-issue, Maestro Vibrola, 
            2 humbuckers, ohsc, exc.........$2100

 *VICTORIA 5112 tweed Amp, recent, a 5 wattChamp with a  12" speaker & larger cabinet,
          near mint with Tuki cover....$850

  *VICTORIA Ivy League, Tweed, recent, like a tweed Harvard w/ 10" speaker,
         near mint, Tuki cover....$1195

 *FENDER Princeton Amp, 1964, black panel, all original,
               speaker dated early '65, near mint.........$1750

 *FENDER Thinline Nocaster, recent, Blonde, ƒ-hole, butterscotch
              finish on Ash body, maple neck, Masterbuilt by Chris Fleming,
              6.35 lbs, '51 appointments, near mint, tweed poodle case....$4000
 *EPIPHONE Casino, recent, John Lennon model, made in Japan, sunburst, 
           2 chrome covered P-90s, original Bigsby, ohsc, exc....$1495

 *CUMPIANO 12-String, 1990, thin small bodied cutaway acoustic/electric,
            hollow body, all solid woods-  spruce top, mahogany back & sides, 
             mahogany neck with Rosewood board,  one of a kind,
             volume and tone controls on the side,  beautifully done, 
            has a real sound unlike the usual small bodied ac/electrics
            and plays perfectly, exc, gigbag.........$2395

  (gbL)                     *******Just In - Thursday,  January 12th, 2017 *********

 *MARSHALL 4x12 Basketweave straight, cabinet, 1970, 
             Plywood, metal handles, no corners, 4 greenback Celestions,all original
             , all original, exc...$3250

 *MARSHALL 4x12 Basketweave cabinet, c. 1970, slant cabinet
              with metal handles, Plywood construction, no corners, 4 period correct 
              Celestions, 1 cream back, 3 green backs 
 *BOGNER Uberschall Head AND Bogner straight 4x12 cabinet, 2004,
              one of Bogner's best amps, aggressive but straight ahead, tons of
            crunch with clarity, near mint......$2650
 *FENDER Strat, 1978, Sunburst finish on Ash body, maple neck
           with perfect new fret job, exc, hsc............$1950 

                      *******Just In - Wednesday,  January 11th, 2017 *********
 *FENDER Custom Shop Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster, 2007, sunburst, 
               double bound, Master Built by Kendrick,  the guitar features the same “eccentric” modifications 
                that the original had when Summers first bought it, most of which were
                unchanged throughout the nonstop work and excitement 
                of the Police years:
        Ferocious humbucking neck pickup.
        Bridge pickup mounted in the body rather than in the broken brass
              (not chrome) bridge plate.
        Control plate-mounted mini-toggle phase switch.
        Body-mounted preamp on/off mini-toggle switch 
        Rear-mounted overdrive unit controlled by a third knob below the two
           traditional Telecaster volume and tone controls.
         “Soft” brass bridge pieces, Schaller® tuners, near mint, Road case
          with "Andy Summers" on it................$6500

 *FENDER Twin Amp, 1958, Hi powered Tweed Twin circuit 5F8A, with
              2 Jensen P-12Ns from 1960, "the" tweed Twin!, gig-ready...... 

 *FENDER Twin Amp, 1954, Lo powered Tweed Twin circuit 5C8, Grill
           cloth replaced by Cesar Diaz, '58 & '59 Jensen P12Q speakers,
           this amp was a favorite of E.C.'s, gig-ready..............$7500  

 *WINFIELD Cyclone head with 2x10 Winfield Bottom,
              15 Watts, Two EL84s power tubes, EF86 Preamp , 2x10" Eminence Legend 
             16 ohm Speakers wired for 8 Ohms, head is 16 lbs, cabinet 25 lbs,
             near mint...$1000

 *GIBSON Super 400CES, 1969, Sunburst, Gibson's top of the line 18" cutaway
          archtop with 2 humbuckers, all solid carved woods, Orange label,
           1 11/16" at nut, extra fine condition, all original with new tunomatic
          but original in case, exc++, ohsc........$8500

 *HD-28VS, 2015, now a discontinued model, these are great guitars being a 12 fret
           Dreadnought with '30s Vintage appointments, near mint, ohsc.....$3295
                      *******Just In - Tuesday,  January 3rd, 2017 *********

 *FENDER Telecaster, 1958, finish stripped, highly figured ash body, new pickups,
            new pickguard, '60s Kluson Deluxe tuners, original bridge, saddles,
             control plate, knobs, 7.01 lbs.... $6900      

 *FENDER Telecaster, 1968, PAISLEY Tele from the first year of issue 1968, 
          maple board on maple neck, typical cracking of the Paisley wallpaper with real 
          strong color, one replaced pot, frets pretty worn but it plays  vgc, ohsc....$12,500

 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1965, Sunburst, one of the cleanest and 100% 
          original, has some denting on the back, 7.7 lbs, extra fine, hsc...$14,900 
 *GIBSON Flying V, 1974, all natural mahogany, one Pat. No. humbucker
        and one  stamped in metal humbucker- both appear to be original, exc, ohsc...$4500

 *Velazquez Classical, 1961, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides,
          Spruce top,  wood binding and purfling, ebony board, 650 mm scale, 2" wide at nut, 
           1 hairline top crack south of the bridge, top of the line like a  Hauser 1, 
          Kolb tuners,  exc- , hsc...$10,500

     (vgGb)                 *******Just In - Monday,  January 2nd, 2017 *********

 *GIBSON F-4, 1936, 2 tone Cremona sunburst, curly maple back and sides, 
          all original with diamond inlay on peghead, some playing wear,
          exc, newer hsc......$5950

 *MARTIN OM-28, 1931, probably refinished at Martin-  possibly
           was an original or converted to a  7-string model, the extra hole
           in the peg head was plugged before it was refinished, new bridge 
          and plate, no cracks & no weird repairs, exc, newer hard case.....$29,500

 *MARTIN J-40M, 1990, 0000 deep body of Spruce top, Rosewood
               back and sides, Ebony board with abalone hexagonal inlays, 
               3 ply fingerboard binding, 8 ply binding on top of
               guitar, gold hardware, one repaired hairline crack, exc, ohsc...$2350

 *GIBSON Les Paul R9 '59 Re-issue, 2014, Faded burst, nice curly maple top,
         weighs 8.57 lbs, all certificates and pickguard in the brown '50s re-issue case,
          near mint..........$3950
 *RICKENBACKER 4001 CS, 1991, Limited Edition Chris Squire model, actual signature
            on pickguard along with the Factory one, off white, near mint, ohsc, cert....$5000
 *GIBSON Byrdland, 2008, sunburst, sharp Florentine cutaway,
        2 piece curly maple back, carved spruce top, 2 humbuckers,
         short scale,  certificate, near mint, ohsc............$6500, Reduced......$5500

                            *******JUST IN- Wednesday,  December 28th, 2016 *********
 *MARTIN OM-45 Custom Shop, NEW, Premium Adirondack Spruce top, Premium
                  Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, '45' pearl throughout- on all borders,
                    complete Hide glue construction, adjustable truss rod, slotted thru saddle, 
                     25.4" scale, snowflake '45' pearl inlays in ebony board, Vintage appointments,
                      grained ivroid binding, custom shop case,  $20,213 list,  your price....$11,900

 *MARTIN 0-18, 1965, a couple of hairline top cracks, neck reset by us, real
            nice guitar that plays and look great, 1 11/16" at nut, 24.9" scale,
              all original parts, vgc+, hsc.......$2750

 *GIBSON LG-3, 1949, natural, extra fine condition, triple bound natural Spruce top,
               X braced,  exc, hsc........ $3900

 *Crooked Star by New Era Guitars, NEW, 17" Jumbo, East Indian Rosewood back and sides,
             Sitka Spruce top, based on a Larson Brothers Prairie State,
              laminated X brace, Indian Rosewood Arrowhead bridge & headstock
              overlay, Semi-gloss finish, 1-3/4" at nut, 2-3/8" bridge spacing, 25-1/2" scale,
               hand made by Tony Klassen, hard shell case................$2500

     *FENDER Bassman, 1959, 3 x P10R 10" Jensen speakers, and 1 C-10Q Jensen, new grill cloth, 
              some patches in the original tweed, new caps, some pots are replaced...$6500

 *PRS Single Cutaway, 2001, sunburst, 10 top, wraparound tailpiece, 2 humbuckers,
              vgc, ohsc...........$1295

    *T-REX Replica pedal, vgc+, box...$185

    *ALPINE JHS Reverb Pedal, w/ box, exc...$159

                                  *******Updated-Thursday,  December 22nd, 2016 *********
 *GIBSON ES-330, 1965, sunburst, 1 9/16" at nut, 2 P-90s, all original in beautiful 
            condition,  exc, ohsc.......$3750

 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1978, Blonde, Non-Tremelo,  Maple neck, new pickguard,
                  all else original,   possible evidence of light clear overspray, 
                   vgc, gigbag...........$1895

    *Cordoba Cadete, recent, 7/8 size Classical guitar, Cedar top, Mahogany 
            back and sides, exc+, orig gigbag......$250

 *GIBSON Les Paul R9, 2009, limited edition Rustburst with Zebra
            humbuckers, 8.6 lbs, big neck, near mint, certificate, ohsc......$4250

  *MARSHALL JMP Super Lead 100 Watt head,  
                 Factory original Red, made in June 1969, first month metal panel
                but all plexi features, logo missing but artfully painted back on,
                repro back panel, all original transformers and electronics,  belonged to
                and recorded with by Marc Demesleter "Rocky" of Johnny Hallyday's band,
 Some NEW Souldier Straps, including the OWL strap!



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 Meet Ian Davlin, head of our repair crew-
    1952 Les Paul that has a screw reinforcing a neck crack. When the customer originally
           brought the guitar in it had putty over the screw and the crack repair was failing.
     To see Lark Street Music's Wall click here

                Duke Levine w/ the Roy Sludge Trio in the store the day between 
         the Bowery and the Bell House gigs in NY last week - click here for a clip.  
         Also check out 

                                 ********* PICTURES from the EXHIBIT *************
    These are fairly large prints and are here in the store for purchase, all signed by Jonathan Singer-
       check his site www.botanicamagnifica for his story. 
  Prices were from $500-$1000. On sale, 30-40% off

     SG and Marshall

    Defying logic- 3 Explorers, courtesy J. Menza
   Two '59 Les Pauls, courtesy J. Menza

   Two Airlines

  Three Strats, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Old Golds-ES-295 & '54 Les Paul, courtesy Lark Street Music

  The '60 Cherry Les Paul, courtesy J. Menza

  Moserite Double & Selmer Zodiac,  courtesy Lark Street Music

 Bacon & Days anyday, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Firebirds, courtesy Lark Street Music

  2 Centuries of Progress!
        more to come....

 and introducing.........>>>>>>>>> *********** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
      The MAZEL TONE line of guitar effects pedals!  Larkstreet Music's own line of vintage
          tone producers, made right here designed by rabbi Shmuel Gold and hand wired
         by the legendary guitar builder Dominic Ramos, and named by our favorite
         Conan O'brien/ Fab Faux  guitarist extrordinaire  Jimmy Vivino, 
         the amazing DOUBLE FUZZ!!!  Distortion with an option for adding an upper octave,
         list price $229, street price............. $189 
 *AFTERWORD Delay pedal, by Mazeltone, The Afterword delay is a digital analog hybrid delay,
             although employing digital circuitry the repeats are thick and warm with delay times 
             up to 600 ms it can cover everything from slap back to ambient moods. 
             The final word in delay, New...$189
    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances
   DUKE LEVINE's brand new "Beneath The Blue"   CD, with Kevin Barry, Jay Bellerose,
                Paul Bryan, Kenny White, Dan Reiser & Mike Rivard available here or by mail-- $12 
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                                                Before  After ..... 
                We often get asked  "where do these guitars come from" ??? or "who buys these things" ??
                So here's an interesting picture of the quite rare White ES-345 (that we had for sale for about a year)
                with both it's original ( c. 1964), and current (April'06)  owners.

  Some have complained about bad pictures.  If this is happening to you or your PC, let me know.  We have Macs 
  and the pictures are large and clear, so we'd like to know figure out why this problem is happening
An answer from my brother Rick-
By default, Internet Explorer will shrink pictures to fit onto one screen.
That's probably what people are complaining about. Usually, if they hold the
cursor over the picture for a few seconds, a button will appear and they can
click it to restore the pic to full size. I hate the feature, so I just turn
it off and always see the photos full-size:

From the IE menu bar, click Tools | Internet Options
Click the Advanced tab
Scroll down to the Multimedia section
Remove the check from "Enable Automatic Image Resizing"
Click OK to save settings

       For you who don't know, we do all manner of guitar repair and restoration.  We do most of it here but 
      also give some work to Dom Ramos -repairing and building since working in Dan Armstrong's shop in 
      the '60s.  We've also been a Martin Warrantee Center since 1985 before Martin closed down all 5 NJ Centers 
      because of a tax dispute between NJ and Martin

       Wes Montgomery on Practicing:
  “I never practice my guitar… from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat.”
 (courtesy of Doc Siegal)


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               Kerry's Rage Against Israel - Editorial
John Kerry delivered a marathon speech Wednesday excoriating Israel.
 It's not for lack of U.S. diplomacy that there is no peace. 
In 2000 then-President Bill Clinton brought Israeli and Palestinian
 leaders to Camp David to negotiate a final peace agreement, only
 to watch Palestinians walk away from an offer that would have 
granted them a state on nearly all of Gaza and the West Bank. 
That failure was followed by another Palestinian terror campaign.
    Israelis remember that they elected leaders - Yitzhak Rabin in 
1992, Ehud Barak in 1999, Ehud Olmert in 2006 - who made repeated
 peace overtures to the Palestinians, only to be met with violence and 
rejection. Israelis also remember that Netanyahu ordered a settlement 
freeze, and that also brought peace no closer.
    The lesson is that Jewish settlements are not the main obstacle to peace.
 If they were, Gaza would be on its way to becoming the Costa Rica
 of the Mediterranean. The obstacle is Palestinian rejection of Israel's
 right to exist as a Jewish state in any borders. A Secretary of State who
 wishes to resolve the conflict could have started from that premise, 
while admonishing the Palestinians that they will never get a state so 
long as its primary purpose is the destruction of its neighbor. (Wall Street Journal)

              With New Resolution, the UN Drives Stake into Israeli-Palestinian Peace Hopes - Michael Oren
The UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel's presence 
in territories it captured in 1967 poses untold dangers not only
 to Israel but to the Palestinians themselves, and greatly diminishes
 the chances for peace. The resolution means the Western Wall and 
other places sacred to Jews for 3,000 years are considered as illegally 
occupied. It labels 600,000 Israelis as "flagrant violators of international law."
 The goal of the initiators of the resolution was not to achieve a
 better two-state solution, but to deny Israel the right to defend 
itself and, ultimately, the right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state.
 Israel will survive this legal onslaught and continue to thrive. The
 Palestinians, by contrast, will remain stateless.
    A strong Israel is virtually all that stands between the Sunni Arab 
states and the radical jihadists in Iran and ISIS. The Security Council 
vote will undoubtedly reinforce those radicals and embolden them to
 mount further attacks not only against the Jewish State but also 
against its Arab neighbors. And the long-tormented peoples of
 the Middle East will receive an unequivocal message from the UN: 
the massacre of more than half a million Arabs in Syria, Iraq, and 
Yemen is unimportant. All that matters is Jews living and praying
 in their homeland.
    Finally, the resolution impairs American credibility, casting
 doubts on the reliability of American commitments. By abstaining
 on the resolution, and in effect abandoning its only democratic
 Middle Eastern ally, the U.S. has called into question its dependability
 to its other friends. No American ally should rest easily.  
           The writer, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., is deputy
 minister for diplomacy in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. (Newsweek)

How Did Israeli Settlements Become a Legally Contentious Issue at the UN? -
 Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

Right after World War II, the U.S. and its allies wanted to prevent a
 repetition of the practice of the Axis powers who evicted the populations
 from the areas that came under their control and forcibly transferred
 their own populations into those very same territories. For this reason, 
the Allies drafted the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention in the way that 
they did. But this is not what is occurring with Israeli settlement activity, 
as Israel has argued for decades.   
There is one place, however, where this scenario is taking place right now -
 and it is not in the West Bank. It is occurring in Syria, where Sunni Arabs
 are being systematically replaced by Shiites from Iraq and other countries
 in order to alter the demographic makeup of the Syrian state, in accordance
 with the interests of Iran. Tehran wants a Shiite belt from its western border
 to the Mediterranean in order to establish its hegemony in the Middle East.
And what is the UN doing about this? It is deliberating over a new draft
 resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, while ignoring the mass
 transfer of populations transpiring across the entire Levant. As usual,
 it is obsessed with Israel while ignoring the dangerous actions of Iran.
The Palestinians themselves agreed in the 1995 Interim Agreement that
 the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should be addressed as 
an item for negotiation between the parties. It is not tenable for the 
Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to repeatedly refuse to negotiate
 with Israel and then expect the UN Security Council to take up his concerns
 in his place. The U.S., which signed the Interim Agreement as a witness, 
should veto the proposed draft resolution on settlements.
The UN, for its part, should take measures to halt the ethnic cleansing of Sunni 
populations across the Middle East that is occurring today. But that
 would require standing up to Iran and its allies, which many states 
sitting in the Security Council are plainly reluctant to do.

Israel Is a Model of Democracy and Multi-Ethnicity - Bernard-Henri Levy 
interviewed by Ben Cohen (The Tower)

Israel is a model of democracy not only for the Middle East but for
 the world. Since the very day of its birth, 69 years ago, Israel has
 had an exemplary attitude, which is to deal with emergencies 
without giving up on democratic values.
I don't see any other example in modern history of a country that 
has had to face a constant state of war, a constant state of emergency,
 having in its own space a very strong minority who might be
 tempted to take the path of the adversary, and yet sticks so 
firmly to its principles.
Never forget that you have in Israel a number of Arab parliamentarians,
 which we in France don't have. Don't forget that the Arabic language
 is an official language of Israel. And don't forget that even in the 
moment when you have some Arab cities inside Israel demonstrating 
against Israeli policy, as during the Gaza war, there was never any 
step towards depriving this or that part of society of its democratic 
and civil rights. It never happened.
Israel also can really be considered as a model of dealing with the 
matter of multi-ethnicity. Because, at the end of the day, what is Israel?
 Israel is people coming from the west, from the east, from the south. 
People coming from Europe, people coming from Russia, people 
coming from the Arab world. People of every different possible 
ethnicity. And all of them made so quickly, nearly overnight, a nation.
 I don't see any other examples of that.
I completely understand those who go in the streets in Europe 
demonstrating for the memory of 2,000 or 3,000 Palestinian dead
 during the war in Gaza. What I don't understand is that I never saw
 them in the same streets when Bashar al-Assad kills not 2,000 or 3,000 
but 300,000 or 400,000 of his own citizens. I never saw them in 
the streets when a Muslim leader in Sudan killed, in South Sudan,
 400,000 or 500,000 people. And the same for the victims of Saddam Hussein. 
And the same for the Palestinians killed, tortured, by other Palestinians.
So it's more than strange that those who cannot accept Israel waging 
a defensive war don't feel upset or uncomfortable when an Arab leader
 kills one hundred times more Arab women and men.
There are some people in the West, and in America also, who care about
 lives only when Jews and Israel are involved. If that's not the case, then
 they don't give a damn, they don't demonstrate, they don't care.
 What name do you give to that? For me, this way of saying that the
 victim is interesting only if she had to deal with the Jews, this is anti-Semitism.

Bernard-Henri Levy is a French philosopher and author of more than 30 books, including The Genius of Judaism (Jan. 2017).

Israel Conducted No Ethnic Cleansing in 1948 - Benny Morris (Ha'aretz)

The Palestinians were the ones who started the 1948 war when
 they rejected the UN compromise plan and embarked on hostile
 acts in which 1,800 Jews were killed between November 1947 
and mid-May 1948.
Concern for the welfare of the Arabs in prestate Israel was not the
 main reason Arab leaders decided to invade Israel on the 
eve of May 15. Jordan's King Abdullah wanted to expand his
 country's borders, the Egyptian king wanted to deny the Jordanian
 king major territorial achievements, and the leaders of Syria, 
Iraq and Egypt feared the reaction at home if they did not invade.
At no stage of the 1948 war was there a decision by the political
 or military leadership of the Jewish Yishuv or the state to expel 
the Arabs. Nor did any important party in the Yishuv, including
 the Revisionists, adopt such a policy in its platform.
On March 24, 1948, Israel Galili, Ben-Gurion's deputy and the head 
of the Haganah, ordered all the Haganah brigades not to uproot
 Arabs from the territory of the designated Jewish state. Things 
did change in early April due to the Yishuv's shaky condition and
 the impending Arab invasion. But there was no overall expulsion
 policy and for the most part the Arabs simply fled. I don't accept 
the definition "ethnic cleansing" for what the Jews in prestate
 Israel did in 1948.
Incidentally, Arab countries carried out ethnic cleansing and uprooted
 all the Jews, down to the last one, from any territory they captured 
in 1948. The Jews, on the other hand, left Arabs in place in Haifa
 and Jaffa, and in the villages along the country's main traffic arteries
 - the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway and the Tel Aviv-Haifa highway -
 a fact that does not conform with the claim of ethnic cleansing.
Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu is right when he says the main 
obstacle to peace is the unwillingness of the Arabs to agree to a 
compromise based on two states for two peoples, and their 
rejection of the legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise and the State of Israel.

The writer is a professor of history at Ben-Gurion University.


       Today marks 15 years since Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and
 the Pentagon, murdering 2, 977 people. Since that day, in 2001, at least 
another 1,000 people have died from illnesses caused by exposure to debris
 from the failing towers.

A US-led NATO taskforce invaded Afghanistan shortly afterwards to remove
 the Taliban, and to find and capture Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden is now dead,
 but Afghanistan is still at war. Al-Qaeda’s successor organization, the Islamic
 State (ISIS, ISIL), has established a state of sorts across swathes of Syria and
 Iraq. Al-Qaeda itself is an active participant in Syria’s increasingly complicated civil war.

Since the attack, efforts to defeat terrorism have eluded success. 
Here are three things to bear in mind:

With the collapse of the USSR, Islamism is the only ideological alternative to Western hegemony

Islamism is a comprehensive political system that offers a total ideological 
alternative to the mainstream Western consensus of democracies enforcing 
liberal values, backed by American hard power. Since international communism
 collapsed, those opposed to this system have been left without an
 ideological home.

This fact puts into perspective the close relationship between sections of 
the hard left, such as the UK’s Jeremy Corbyn or Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, 
with totalitarian Islamists such as Hamas or insurgents fighting American
 forces in Iraq. Both Corbyn and Benjamin transitioned seamlessly from 
traditional left-wing and socialist/communist alignment to apologism 
for terrorist groups who were deemed to be oppressed, as part of a broader 
strategy of defiance against American and Western power.

In 2009, Corbyn called Hamas a force for “social good” and his “friends,” 
while in 2004, Benjamin collected $600,000 in medical supplies and cash
 to deliver to the families of terrorist insurgents fighting the U.S. in Iraq.

Opposed to what they term “neo-liberalism” in principle, activists like these
 will seek out any allies opposed to it which, in the current era, means Islamist
 extremists, who have pretty much the only viable (albeit horrific) alternative 
ideology to Western neo-liberalism.

 Al-Qaeda Wanted to Provoke an Overreaction

As early as 2005, a book entitled This is How We See and Want Jihad was 
circulating showing Al-Qaeda’s 20-year long game plan to defeat the 
West and establish an Islamic Caliphate. This was further illuminated by
 the groundbreaking work of Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussain. The
 plan has seven phases. The first phase, between 2000 and 2003, 
aimed to draw America into a war against Muslims and thus “crown al-Qaeda
 as the leader of the nation.”

Later phases aimed to make the war intractable and thus gain support for 
Al-Qaeda while demoralizing the West, and toppling Arab regimes allied to 
America and Israel. The plan includes creating a jihadi army in Syria and Iraq, 
and drawing in funding and recruits from outside.

Once U.S. power began to wane, after a decade of an expensive war of attrition, 
a caliphate was to be declared at some point from 2013 to 2016. After 2016, 
the phase of “total war” would begin, waging attacks against Western targets 
around the world; the “beginning of the confrontation between faith and 
disbelief, which would begin in earnest after the establishment of the Islamic

Al-Qaeda and its successor the Islamic State seem remarkably on track with
 this plan, especially considering the turmoil engulfing the region. It is also
 very important to note that they see terrorism as a means of destabilizing
 the West to further the establishment of a caliphate, rather than as an end in itself.

 Ideology is the Key to Victory

Bearing in mind the first two points, we see that Al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups
 see terrorism as a means to an end. To prevent another 9/11 from taking place, 
therefore, we have to tackle their end goal and show the world precisely how 
and why an Islamist caliphate is a bad idea.

When we can do that, young jihadis will not be motivated to sacrifice their lives 
in an attempt to establish this caliphate, and idealistic activists will not make
 excuses for people fighting for these goals.

Such clarity is needed now more than ever because, 15 years after the tragic
 September 11th attacks, there is still no end in sight for the “War on Terror.”

 Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

The World Dodged a Bullet in Syria - Thanks to Israel - John Hannah (Foreign Policy)

I well remember the day in spring 2007 when I got an urgent
 call from Vice President Cheney. The head of Israel's Mossad,
 the late Meir Dagan, had just been in to brief Cheney and
 President Bush. He revealed compelling evidence that in the 
Syrian desert east of Damascus, near the town of Al-Kibar, 
North Korea was covertly building a plutonium-producing 
nuclear reactor. It was more or less a replica of the North's 
own reactor at Yongbyon.
Making matters worse, Al-Kibar was perilously close to completion. 
Options for getting rid of it would narrow considerably once 
operations began and the reactor went "hot." For its part, 
the U.S. intelligence community had totally missed Al-Kibar.
The fact is that the U.S. dodged a bullet in Syria - and, it's worth
 stressing, all courtesy of the Israelis. Not only did they discover 
Al-Kibar in the nick of time. They also carried out the attack that 
was almost certainly the only means of ensuring the reactor
 never went hot.
Just imagine the nightmare that the world would have faced if, 
on top of everything else in Syria, we were also dealing with
 the nightmare of the Islamic State getting its hands on a 
plutonium-producing nuclear reactor.

The writer, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense
 of Democracies, was national security advisor to Vice President 
Dick Cheney from 2005 to 2009.

Taking Sides in the War within Islam - Bernard-Henri Levy

     Appeasement of violent radicalism only encourages more of the same. 
We must acknowledge that two Islams are locked in a fight
to the death, and that because the battlefield is the planet
and the war threatens values that the West embraces, the fight 
is not solely the Muslims' affair.
        We must aid, encourage, and ideologically arm Muslims 
who reject the Islam of hate in favor of an Islam respectful 
of women, their faces, and their rights, as well as of human 
rights in general. Genuine anti-racists, anti-imperialists,
 and believers in republican democracy must take the side 
of the Islam of moderation and peace in its war against the 
criminal Islam of the Salafists. The writer is a French public
 intellectual, media personality, and author. (Project Syndicate)

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