This is a little old, bust still worth sharing.
A foreign policy expert consulted by presidential hopeful Barack Obama has accused members of the American Jewish establishment of “McCarthyism” in its attitude towards critics of Israel.
Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says that the pro-Israel lobby in the US is too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism is too readily used whenever its power is called into question.
Presenting a solution for the Middle East, he listed historical compromises that had to be made by Israelis and Palestinians but accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — the largest and most influential lobby group — of obstructing peace efforts.
He said: “AIPAC has consistently opposed a two-state solution and a lot of members of Congress have been intimidated and I don’t think that’s healthy.”
Now considering that this man was National Security Advisor under Jimmy Carter, our worst President ever, I think he should try and control the diarrhea coming out of his mouth.
Mr Brzezinski, who served under former US president Jimmy Carter, was a key player in the 1978 Camp David Accords and remains an important voice in the US foreign policy establishment. An active author and analyst at 80, he is close enough to Mr Obama that his remarks may feed fears in the American-Jewish community that he will soften America’s traditional pro-Israeli stance.
This perception has been created in part by his professed willingness to talk to Iran and partly by other foreign policy associates.
He has been accused before of being “anti-Israel” by some Jewish academics, writers and bloggers after criticising Israel for excessive use of force and unwillingness to compromise.
Last year, censure of him reached new heights when he defended academics John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. They had criticised the pro-Israel lobby and were accused of questioning the state of Israel’s existence.
“It’s not unique to the Jewish community — but there is a McCarthy-ite tendency among some people in the Jewish community,” he said, referring to the Republican senator who led the anti-Communist witch hunt in the 1950s.
“They operate not by arguing but by slandering, vilifying, demonising.
They very promptly wheel out anti-Semitism. There is an element of paranoia in this inclination to view any serious attempt at a compromised peace as somehow directed against Israel.”
Although Mr Brzezinski is not a formal day-to-day adviser to Obama campaign, he said that he talks to Mr Obama.
I notice that people who carp and caterwaul about the dreaded Israel Lobby seem to have no problem whatsoever with the much larger, more threatening Arab lobby. What do they think OPEC really is? Why is it OK with them for these Arab regimes to use their weapon of oil against us, by raising the prices, or by dictating our foreign policy? Why don’t we hear any protests from these types about the massive amounts of money Saudi Arabia uses to build madreassas in in America and Pakistan (among other places)? Why don’t we hear a peep out of these people when Saudi prince Awaleed Bin Talal purchases shares of Fox News and Citigroup? Or how about when Saudi money is used to finance anti-American, anti-Jewish “Middle Eastern Studies” departments at our universities?
Now with all that oil money being thrown around, why aren’t Jews allowed to have some kind of group that represents their interests?
So I have news for Brezezinski. If he’s being called an anti-Semite, it might have something to do with the fact that he would gladly bend over, and take it up the rear from the moose-limbs, if it means screwing over Israel.