The Most Important Battlefield I
When John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen J. Walt’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy was published in 2007, it launched a thousand essays and op-eds, and sold a very respectable number of copies. What it did not do, by judge of the reviews, was convince anyone of its central argument: that of an all poweful “Israel Lobby” had hijacked American foreign policy using illegitimate means, and that a small but committed group of American Jews was steering the country into disaster to satisfy their parochial interests.
That is how the redoubtable shill Adam Kirsch opens his 1/18/12 7:00 AM article on the Tablet ezine. Not particularly impressed by the notions of science, free speech and cultural critique, one has the feeling that Adam and his fellow Jews had rather that Mearsheimer and Walt’s book had been suppressed for “in the long term they are winning the war, on this most important battlefield of all: that of ideas and language.”
At least Adam acknowledges there is a war between the 2% and the 98%. Naturally Adam rejects the idea that his 2% have a very disproportinate effect on the polices of the 98%. He imagines that the Jews have a deep and abiding friendship for the home of what Jews represent as Nazis and ardent violent anti-Semites or AmeriKKKans as his people have been characterizing the US for the last fifty years or so, going on seventy now. But then those were other Jews with their own agenda. As he goes on to say: “But the notion that (Jewish) groups have anything like a uniform agenda, and that U.S. policy on Israel and the Middle East is the result of their influence is simply wrong.”
A clear misuse of language in a skirmish in the most important battlefield of all. Adam is quoting the preface of The Deadliest Lies by the professional Jew Abraham Foxman of the Jewish smear organization the Anti-Defamation League. The sentence artfully confuses two unassociated sentences:
1. …the notion that these Jewish groups have anything like a uniform agenda…
The sentence admits that all Jewish groups have the same agenda and although using a number of approaches these manifestations of the agenda are not uniform in appearance. That is, one assumes, that they are variations on the same theme but assembled together to form a single symphony whose cohesiveness is necessary to form the work.
2. …and that U.S. policy on Israel and the Middle East is the result of (Jewish) influence is simply wrong.
To be sure.
At the same time Adam admits that the US and Israel are inseparable buddies joined at the hip: a couple of Dead End Kids from the old neighborhood down on the Lower East Side. That the two administrations are inseparable buddies can be ascertained by US and Israeli votes in the United Nations: World 180 against, US and Israel for. Over and over again. Either the US has Israel under its thumb or the tail is wagging the dog. Do you know why the dog wags the tail, Adam? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail wagged the dog the tail would be smarter than the dog. Wag The Dog, Chap. I, verse 1. Watch the movie. The Big Guy with the economy and money and manpower and the Little Guy with little more than Moxie (read chutzpah) against the world.
Adam, you have an ability with language but if you’re going to be credible you can’t throw mud in the face of facts and then call the facts anti-Semitism. Of course you can outlaw facts by controlling the media including the internet. If yours is the only voice heard at least you don’t have to worry about contradiction.
I’ll be back.