Craig Murray: Worse Than You Can Imagine

The author has no doubt the Western political elite are complicit in the genocide of Palestinians at a much deeper level than the people have yet understood.

Sunak and Netanyahu in Israel, Oct. 19, 2023. (No. 10/Wikimedia Commons)

By Craig Murray

Governments cannot take big decisions extremely quickly except in the most extreme of circumstances.

There are mechanisms in all states that consider policy decisions, weigh them up, involve the various departments of the state whose activities are affected by that decision, and arrive at a conclusion, though not necessarily a good one.

The decision to stop aid funding to UNRWA, the specialized U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians, was not taken by numerous Western states in a single day.

In the U.K., several different government ministries had to coordinate.

Even within only a single ministry, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO,), views would have to be coordinated through written submissions and interdepartmental meetings between the departments dealing with the Middle East, with the United Nations, with the United States, with Europe and then of course between the diplomatic and development wings of the ministry.

That process would include seeking the views of British ambassadors to Tel Aviv, Doha, Cairo, Riyadh, Istanbul and Washington and to the United Nations in Geneva and in New York.

It is not necessarily a lengthy process but it is not a day’s work, and nor would it need to be. There was no practical impact to making the announcement of cutting UNRWA funding a day sooner or a day later.

Consider that the parallel process had to be completed in the United States, in Canada, in Germany, in Australia and in all the other Western powers that contributed to starvation in Gaza by cutting aid to UNRWA.

All of these countries had to go through their procedures, and it could only be by prior coordination – weeks in advance – between these states that they announced all on the same day the destruction of the life support system for Palestinians, then in absolute need.

And then consider that we now know for certain that the Israelis had produced no evidence whatsoever of UNRWA complicity in Hamas resistance, on which these decisions in all those states were allegedly based.

I have no doubt at all that the Western political elite, paid tools of the zionist machine, are complicit in the genocide of Palestinians and ethnic cleansing of Gaza at a much deeper level than the people have yet understood.

The refusal by Labour leader Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to contemplate ending arms sales and military support to Israel is not due to inertia or concern for the arms industry. It is that they actively support the destruction of the Palestinians.

Within an Hour

British barrister Malcom Shaw arguing for Israel before the World Court on Jan 12, 2024. (UN TV Screenshot)

The coordinated decision of the Western nations to fast track famine by stopping UNRWA funding was announced within an hour of the ICJ ruling that Gazans were at immediate risk of genocide, driving from the headlines that adverse ruling against Israel.

This sent the clearest signal in response that the Western powers would not be stopped from genocide by international law or institutions.

The Western powers give not a fig for 16,000 massacred Palestinian infants. No evidence of mass graves in hospitals will move them. They knew genocide was happening and continued actively to arm and abet it.

This genocide is the desired goal of the West. No other explanation is remotely plausible.

I have never believed the spin that Joe Biden is trying to restrain Benjamin Netanyahu, while simultaneously arming and funding Netanyahu and using U.S. forces to fight alongside him.

Biden is making no effort to restrain Netanyahu. Biden fully supports the genocide.

My reading of this was reinforced when I was looking back at the Israeli murders on the Mavi Mamara in 2010, when they killed ten unarmed aid workers attempting a Freedom Flotilla aid delivery to Gaza.

Israel’s actions were clearly both murderous and in breach of international law. Biden as vice president defended Israel staunchly then.  It is essential to understand that Genocide Joe has always been Genocide Joe. I wrote:

“Joe Biden took the lead in defending the raid to the U.S. public. In an interview with PBS, he described the raid as ‘legitimate’ and argued that the flotilla organizers could have disembarked elsewhere before transferring the aid to Gaza.

‘So what’s the big deal here? What’s the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza?’ Biden asked about the humanitarian mission. ‘Well, it’s legitimate for Israel to say, ‘I don’t know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight — 3,000 rockets on my people.’”

Biden is not being outplayed by Netanyahu. He is actively abetting Netanyahu and shares with him the objective of full Israeli occupation of Gaza after the Palestinian people are killed or expelled into Sinai.

He also shares with Netanyahu the aim of a wider regional conflict in which the U.S. and Gulf states ally with Israel against Iran, Syria, Yemen and Hezbollah. This is their joint vision of the Middle East – Greater Israel, and U.S. hegemony operating through the Sunni monarchies.

“This genocide is the desired goal of the West. No other explanation is remotely plausible.”

If you believe all the spin from the White House about Biden trying to restrain Netanyahu, I suggest you look instead at the White House and State Department spokesmen refusing to accept any single instance of Israeli atrocity and deferring to Israel on every single crime.

I am currently in Pakistan, and I must say it has been a great refreshment to be in a country where everybody understands why ISIS, Al Nusra etc. never attacked Israeli interests, and sees precisely what Western governments are doing over Gaza. What is understood by developing nations is thankfully understood by Gen Z in the West as well.

The Arab regimes of the Gulf and Jordan are dependent upon Israeli and U.S. security services and surveillance for protection from their own people.

The lack of really massive street protest against their own regimes by Arab peoples is a direct testimony to the effectiveness of that vicious repression, particularly when states like Jordan actually fight alongside Israel against Iranian weapons.

The anti-Iranian card is of course the trick both Biden and Netanyahu have left to play. By promoting an escalation with Iran, Western politicians were able to default to a position of claiming the case for arming Israel was proven – and I think were genuinely perplexed to find the public did not buy it.

The political class, across the Western world and the Arab world, is utterly divorced from its people over Gaza.

We are seeing worldwide repression, as peaceful conferences are stormed by police in Germany, students are beaten by police on American campuses, and in the U.K. old white people like me suffer the kind of continual harassment long suffered by young Muslim men.

This is not the work of Netanyahu operating as a rogue. It is the result of the machinations of a professional political class across the Western world welded to zionism, with the supremacy of Israel as an article of fundamental belief.

Times are not this dark by accident. They were designed to be this dark.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. His coverage is entirely dependent on reader support. Subscriptions to keep this blog going are gratefully received.

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36 comments for “Craig Murray: Worse Than You Can Imagine

  1. Nonclassical
    April 28, 2024 at 19:35

    ..lives we have lived (referenced by commentariat) no longer exist, as proven by events referenced. There is no “return”, or “repair”….humanity / planetary condition are defined implicitly at each DAVOS deploration-political disfunction, foreWARning naked neocon$ervative intention

  2. bardamu
    April 27, 2024 at 22:37

    How refreshing to read commentary that does not pretend to assume that the crimes of governments are somehow contrary to their intentions.

  3. April 27, 2024 at 21:15

    I’m 77. Although I began searching over 50 years ago for the way to explain the increasing conflict that’s been permeating our existence for 200,000 years, I only bought my first computer and learned to type 25 years ago. When I got onto the web I learned quickly that I suffer from IADD, internet attention deficit disorder. So, though I set up my website thinking I would publish my analysis in a book length prose, I decided to condense its essence to the size of my site banner and elaborate to the extent required. So my banner reads: “Why am I?” is the question of meaning that gave birth to humanity. There’s no answer so it will be the last why. Our tries to answer it are causing the death of humanity.”

  4. wildthange
    April 27, 2024 at 20:55

    The new western empire with all the old empires united under NATO for emergency world conquest due to emerging nations with military and economic powers of resistance and a vision of a world not dependent on military profit motives for permanent war. A top predator empire is a threat to human civilization addicted to strategic dominance behavior traits.

  5. Reynold Reimer
    April 27, 2024 at 20:44

    What are we going to do? Taking down western imperialism is a very daunting project. For one thing, I think it would include the little subproject of taking down capitalism.

  6. Voltaria Voltaire
    April 27, 2024 at 17:50

    Very good article. Thankyou. Thankyou for being you, for speaking out, and saying things that need to be said. Thank you for helping people to see more truth. Please continue.

  7. Martin
    April 27, 2024 at 14:31

    i understood and understand. but all people should also understand that this is another test-run. if we let them get away with it, it will repeat and one of the next times one might find oneself a member of a group earmarked as disposable. resisting this and holding the executioners to account is not only a matter of justice but also a matter of self-preservation.

  8. Will Durant
    April 27, 2024 at 14:29

    From the American “Zion”, Utah, thank you so much for your advocacy and lucid prose! I am encouraged by the young people who seem to see so much more clearly than my generation and who are showing incredible courage and commitment in protesting the heinous actions of Israel and their own governments. We must support them at all times. It is my fervent hope that by exercising our constitutional rights we can bring about the necessary revolutionary change that alone will restore this very sick, perhaps terminally ill, republic to a state of health and sanity. The young people are leading the way. Needful change never comes from the top, the entrenched, the elite and privileged. I know that it will never come from the sorry likes of my senators and congressmen who claim to be “Christians” yet obviously support the racist, supremacist and very brutal and lawless state of Israel.

  9. April 27, 2024 at 14:28

    Craig Murray has exposed the systematic and well-planned support of the Western ruling elite for the genocide in Gaza and the brutal oppression in the West Bank by the colonial-settler state in Palestine.
    As a former diplomat, his words are relevant to understanding how political decisions are made in a state and how many states work together to advance a common policy, as they did in the case of blocking aid to UNRWA.
    The author clearly and lucidly explains the central objective of the Biden administration to destroy the Palestinians because of total American political dominance over the Western ruling establishment. His views go against the false excuses of the apologists and defenders of the crimes of America and Zionist Israel. Nonetheless, his words serve as a source of inspiration for antifascist and anti-Zionist writers and advocates for truth and justice for the people of Palestine. This is a people who are being brutally destroyed by the collective power of the West by fully supporting Israeli genocide in Gaza and by safeguarding reactionary Arab regimes for their support of Israeli crimes of ethnic cleansing and its genocidal war in Gaza.

    • TDillon
      April 27, 2024 at 18:14

      “how political decisions are made”

      And let’s not overlook the role of blackmail.
      Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israel

  10. April 27, 2024 at 13:03

    The governments of the Gulf states and Jordan have indeed played a pivotal role in the genocide in Gaza. A bidirectional overland trade route was established for the transfer of goods from the Persian Gulf through Saudi Arabia and Jordan to Israel bypassing the Yemeni blockade of the Red Sea. They also made their contribution in the defense of Israel against the incoming barrage from Tehran on April 13th. Blinken has never given up on normalising the ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel. He has shown in words and through his visits that it is a major concern for him as it will be a breakthrough for his favourite Jewish state.

  11. jon
    April 27, 2024 at 12:28

    “the supremacy of Israel” is akin to belief in western superiority and the inferiority of its victims, for the purpose of justifying aggression.

  12. JonnyJames
    April 27, 2024 at 12:14

    Great article by Mr. Murray, as usual. Only one small thing, it’s not worse than some can imagine. The folks in Palestine don’t need to imagine: the most horrific scenarios we could imagine are real – so bad that few will be able to believe it.

    Yesterday Amy Goodman interviewed a Palestinian journalist in Gaza who said that the mass graves near Nasser hospital had bodies that were mutilated, and organs were removed from some of the bodies he saw. This is pretty horrific. There have been other reports of this on social media, but it is so gruesome, that few want to broach the subject. I have no hard proof but, Palestinians on the ground have reported it.

  13. Selina Sweet
    April 27, 2024 at 11:31

    Of course! Indeed, the USA, Israel et al had to be in cahoots long before
    they publicly cancelled UNRWA funding. Scum. The termites sure
    are bringing down the democracy house. More holes than structure
    in it. This year more than any year before in my long life have I
    been so sharply aware that the leadership (over half of Congress are
    millionaires) of all three branches constitute and operate as a
    fraternity intent on the primacy of their strategic power interests over
    the citizenry’s interests and needs. The 1971 Powell Memorandum
    seeded the ghoulish flowering we see today of biggest money,
    the corporate and deep state (CIA etc) pulling the strings.
    Homelessness is becoming not just a fact of life for so many
    but a metaphor for the destruction of fealty to the Constitution
    and Bill of Rights. Another metaphor for the loss of humanitarianism
    is the brutalization (really) of our young university students for
    exercising their rights to assemble and freely think and discuss
    and protest by the corporatized university presidents. Long now
    has the “leadership class” disdained and cast away our young
    people, our children in so many ways – not the least of which
    is its refusal to pour mega resources into ameliorating climate
    catastrophe in the interests of our kids and our beloved Earth.

  14. Vera Gottlieb
    April 27, 2024 at 11:26

    And I still am of the opinion that RACISM is playing a very large role. The white race against all others with one goal: domination at any cost.

  15. Foghorn
    April 27, 2024 at 11:22

    The pro-Palestinian demonstrations give me hope that people in the West, especially Gen Z, as you note, have begun to see the evil machinations behind the Israel Lobby and the Zionist lock it has on Western politicians. My this be the beginning of the end of this evil alliance.

  16. Selina Sweet
    April 27, 2024 at 11:13

    Thank you Craig Murray for filling in the blanks. Of course there had to be preparation
    for such a united front. Like no other year have I – a multiple multiple decade person –
    been so acutely aware of the abyss between the citizenry of the USA and the government.
    Where the leadership (more than half of Congress are millionaires) of all three branches
    operate as a fraternity with their own parochial strategic power interests fueled and orchestrated
    by biggest money, “the corporate” and the psychopaths of the deep state. 1971’s Powell
    Memorandum succeeded in its call for
    the corporate to monopolize their corporate power over the interests/needs of the citizenry.

    • Joy
      April 27, 2024 at 19:26

      It’s way past time to get the Biden Administration charged under 18 U.S. Code § 1091, which is the statute that incorporated the Genocide Convention in US criminal law. Members of this administration shouldn’t go a single day without having this statute in their faces, up front and center at every protest at every meeting, press conference, briefing, and trips home and abroad.

      They may feel they are immune now, but let’s get them considering what is possible when they leave office, given they have set the precedent of charging former presidents. They should have visions of prison all the days of their lives.

      And maybe the propagandists in the Mainstream Media needs tp be encouraged to think about their culpability as well.

      Let us find the way.

  17. Selina Sweet
    April 27, 2024 at 11:13

    Thank you Craig Murray for filling in the blanks. Of course there had to be preparation
    for such a united front. Like no other year have I – a multiple multiple decade person –
    been so acutely aware of the abyss between the citizenry of the USA and the government.
    Where the leadership (more than half of Congress are millionaires) of all three branches
    operate as a fraternity with their own parochial strategic power interests fueled and orchestrated
    by biggest money, “the corporate” and the psychopaths of the deep state. 1971’s Powell
    Memorandum succeeded in its call for
    the corporate to monopolize their corporate power over the interests/needs of the citizenry.

  18. Tommy
    April 27, 2024 at 11:09

    To repeat Mister Gandhi …. Western Civilization would be a good idea.

    I’ll add …. Too bad they never discovered it while they were instead discovering all the gold mines and the slaves to work them.

  19. Tommy
    April 27, 2024 at 11:05

    Yes, I will second that, for emphasis. Europe was well acquainted with empire, plunder and all the evils that power that plunder on the local scale, long before anyone came up with “zionism.” “We came, we saw, he died” was a European motto long before Hillary cackled it. Its probably written in Latin on some old shield hanging on some old castle wall that was built with the blood of the serfs.

    This is what Europe has been doing since the Dark Ages, and it turns out that anything else is filed under what Thomas Jefferson described as “Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying.” hxxps://

      April 27, 2024 at 15:35

      ‘I came; I saw; I conquered’ — Julius Caesar 47 BCE

  20. Ship of Fools
    April 27, 2024 at 10:57

    “than the people have yet understood.” –Please speak for yourself. Please.

    Personally, I’ve understood the nature of America for a long, long time now. America was given a choice, a chance to choose a revolution of values to get on the right side of world history (see King, “Beyond Vietnam”). This was over 50 years ago, and America made its choice. America put a bullet into the Good Doctor’s head. America chose Reagan and Mourning in America. The choice was quite some time ago, and a quite clear moral choice. I have “understood” for a long, long time now.

    • Voltaria Voltaire
      April 29, 2024 at 11:12

      Ship of Fools- America didn’t put the bullet into Dr. King’s head. It was SOMEONE IN America. Plenty of people loved Dr King. Plenty of people wanted an end to the Vietnam war way before it ended. Plenty of people want the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be a REALITY, not just a dream. The specific shooter, and the specific person who smothered him in the hospital were investigated by his dear friend Dr. William Pepper. It was not James Earl Ray.

      There are way more of us in America that want to survive and allow others to do so than there are people trying to destroy everybody else. Unfortunately, those few psychos causing LOTS of trouble, consider that their own survival depends on destroying everybody else. Psycho, huh? Yep!

  21. Susan Leslie
    April 27, 2024 at 10:46

    We need to lance the pustule that is the imperial west or the world will never be free!

  22. Duane M
    April 27, 2024 at 05:46

    “Biden is not being outplayed by Netanyahu.”

    Perhaps not. But Biden is doing himself no favors by alienating a substantial fraction of voters; i.e., those who oppose the organized, premeditated mass-murder of Palestinians by Israel.

    Given the power of the Israel lobby on US foreign policy, Biden also cannot pivot away from supporting the murderers.

    I think Biden (and the US) are caught in a bind.

  23. James1
    April 27, 2024 at 04:50

    “This genocide is the desired goal of the West. No other explanation is remotely plausible.”

    Totally agree – the World can see it every day 24/7 – – they could not give a damn about Palestinian lives.

    • April 27, 2024 at 10:31

      Does the West care about ANY lives but their own, this is merely the culmination of centuries of genocide around the planet. Tens, dozens of millions exterminated to make the West rich; to facillitate the theft of land, people and resources.

      • Voltaria Voltaire
        April 27, 2024 at 17:43

        William, I for one would prefer to steer away from generalities like “the west”. I know it does seem that way though. But think on this: are you from the West? Would you gleefully engineer the torture and obliteration of 3 million people, mostly innocent women and children? I hope not. So this using of generalities can lead down a very dark path. It would be better to use very specific details. Example : on such and such a date, at such and such time, joe jones bypassed congress to deliver an arms package to a country with a stark record of human rights abuses and purported genocidal actions (specifics listed) thus violating international law. Or: this list (of exact Senators names) approved a bill for a weapons package going to a country committing genocide, which is a violation of International Law, and actionable, for which prison sentences could be dealt out. Or: these (specific people) on (specific date) drew up a bill that combined aid and weapons to such and such an area for (exact stated purpose), although separate bills were clearly needed, and an investigation needs to occur as to why these things were lumped together. Or: an investigation was done as to what may have lay behind illegal actions by the president and certain specific senators (named) was done on such and such a date. It was found that Joe Blow was taking bribes from (specific entity names). It was found that Josie Blowsie had been threatened with assassination by ( specific name) of herself and her children. It was found that Joe Black had been blackmailed with perverted sexual material from Epstein Island while under the influence of a date rape drug on (specific date). It was found that Joe Schmoe was a psychopathic criminal as witnesses in his personal and professional life had witnessed murderous, perverted and felonius actions (exact specifics given with exact times, places, names, events, etc.), and the US Marshalls arrested
        him on such and such a date, trial pending, no bail. So, hey, this is probably overkill, but the psychos who are ruining our world use generalities. We don’t have to be like them. The sane and peaceful and humanitarian people of the world (poor or not) need to unite, and stop these various hells on earth we have been witnessing.

  24. Rafael
    April 27, 2024 at 03:57

    A good article, but did you really mean to write these words:
    “the Western political elite, paid tools of the zionist machine”?

    I hope not, because you make it seem that the Euro-american empire, which predates zionism by centuries, is somehow in its very core a zionist project.
    As you surely know, extermination and plunder have always been essential to the empire, and the Gaza genocide is only the most recent addition to its collection of horrors.

    • TDillon
      April 27, 2024 at 18:08

      This article is about today. There is plenty of evidence that Zionists have acquired an extreme level of influence in the US (and other Collective West countries.)

      For one example, here’s an article from a Jewish-run, high-quality website of news and analysis.
      “Forward” columnist and Emily’s List leader relate “gigantic,” “shocking” role of Jewish Democratic donors

      • robert e williamson jr
        April 27, 2024 at 21:55

        TDillon, Mr. Murray knows his stuff.

        Read Until the end please.

        With all due respect to your grasp of what the facts you characterize as evidence, while very accurate, your perception is the result of deception you aren’t even aware of.

        I have here and other places repeatedly echoed the call to visit IRmep and it’s Israellobby Archives.

        Entertain context, the spot on the timeline we now occupy. The history of the infiltration by certain groups is well documented by the Israellobby Archives. History starts with a secret agreement between certain negotiators for Iraeli – Jewish interest groups cira 1953.

        In my personal opinion I see over the last 75 years the CessPool in DC has been subverted by foreign political policy interests. Lobbies that work only for Israeli interests. What you state here, t0 me, signifies they are about to pull out all the stops to occupy all power centers in the US.

        My friend you have made a great call your first two lines say it all.

        Watch the Intro’s to the Correspondents Dinner tonight at all? I had to turn it off.

        Y’ all have a great evening.

      • Rafael
        April 28, 2024 at 03:11

        It’s one thing to point out that the Israeli lobby wields great influence in Washington, maybe even beyond the NRA. I fully agree that it does. But it’s quite another thing to claim that the Israeli lobby controls US foreign policy.

        Common sense ought to tell you that this is laughable, but if common sense is not enough consider a couple of indisputable facts which are also “about today”. First, the US spends far more on its proxy war in Ukraine than it spends on Israel. Does this mean that the “Ukrainian lobby” has bought off the State Department and Congress? And, secondly, who is now America’s greatest (supposed) enemy? It’s China. Are you going to attribute this major turn in foreign policy to the Israeli lobby?

  25. Carolyn L Zaremba
    April 26, 2024 at 21:30

    Thank you, Craig Murray. Of course you are correct and I am an old campaigner against U.S. imperialism, since the 1960s when I protested in the streets against the imperialist Vietnam War. I was a teenager at the time. Imperialism has not changed. It plays its old tricks, drags out its old lies and cliches, and people die horribly. Only now it is worse. The genocide in Gaza is something I never expected to see again on the earth. I began my studies of history with the history of the Third Reich and WWII, because my father fought in that war. He was in the Army Air Corps and stationed in England. He towed a glider across the Channel on D-Day. The Ukraine War and now the genocide in Gaza would astonish him if he were alive. Genocide was why he was fighting Hitler. Zionist genocide would enrage him. It enrages me.

    The western governments have lost all moral compass and humanity, led by the United States. Their worship of Mammon and their lust for power (a power that is fading fast ,did they but know it) will be the undoing of more than Ukraine and Gaza. It will be the complete undoing of the collective west.

  26. TDillon
    April 26, 2024 at 19:48

    A courageous article in a land ruled by ruthless murderers.

  27. Roger Baker
    April 26, 2024 at 17:20

    Now it all makes sense. The continuous lying by the Biden (zionist) spokesman, the endless supply of weapons to Israel, the US political class ignoring-or worse-supporting the genocidie. Thank you Mr. Ambassador.

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