The "Israeli/Jewish Lobby"
FANS FLAMES OF "NEW WAR"
"The cruise missile attack...was a terrific idea! The
administration gets an 'A+' for originality, design, and execution... Even if it ws not a
chemical weapons site, the signal has been sent that America is serious about chemical
proliferation and we are able to do something about it. 'Pre-emptive arms control' as
someone said of Israel's raid on Osirak."*
"The Sudan raid speaks volumes about American capability. And
if the Afghan raid is the opening salvo in a war that will make use of all of our
resources -- including intelligence and calandestine operations -- no one should doubt
MER - Washington - 9/7:
The American "New War" didn't come about in a vacuum. Major interest groups in the U.S. have been pushing the U.S. in this
direction for some time. With the end of the cold war, something was needed to kept them
rolling in contracts and money. Islam, Arab nationalism, and "terrorism" fit the
There's the old-line military industrial complex of course -- they
make the million dollar cruise missiles, get the billion dollar research and developments
contracts, and are interlinked with American industry and media even more than in past
There are also the think-tanks and institutes which masquerade in
various forms often portraying themselves as intellectual and academic centers. But in
reality, these are the "War Lobbyists" if you will.
Chief among them and much on the rise ever since the Reagan years
are the right-wing militarist Jewish groups closely associated with both the
Israeli/Jewish lobby -- especially its Likud wing -- and the Pentagon.
The unknowing think that this powerful "lobby" is just the
group on Capitol Hill known as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The
reality is that since the Reagan years this Israeli/Jewish lobby has sub-divided,
expanded, and grown into a large assortment of loosely coordinated organizations and
groups whose power and influence has never been more dominant on the Washington scene.
It is not a single address, but rather a group of interlinked
organizations and personalities which are today deeply entrenched in the ways of American
politics and media.
One of the lesser known organizations involved in this
"Israeli/Jewish lobby" is called JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National
Security Affairs, now located in the K Street corridor, the power center of today's
JINSA works in a variety of ways. It helps position key people in
key jobs throughout Washington. It holds regular briefings that are a combination of
propaganda and intelligence-gathering. And it regularly pushes its ideas, and carefully
chosen (kosher if you will) spokesman, on the media. All the quotes in this article come
from JINSA publications, including the following one urging the American government to put
aside its own long-established "rules" and "take out" any who dare
oppose the empire anywhere for any reason:
"While assassination is an ugly thought, it is not nearly as
ugly as terrorism, and terrorists bring it on themselves. We agree with the President and
the Secretary of State that we are fighting a war, and we believe that no capabilities
should be off limits for consideration."
* Reference to Israel's bombing in
1981 of the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad.