MoveOn.org can’t blame this one on shadowy conservative operatives
“Crazed Christian fundamentalists” smeared along with Jews
by Bill Levinson
MoveOn.org has argued that the racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic hate speech at its Action Forum were planted there by conservative operatives, apparently right under the noses of MoveOn.org moderators who were very diligent about finding and deleting criticisms of MoveOn.org itself. Now perhaps MoveOn will claim that a huge invisible (Republican) elephant hacked into their Web site and posted this under the name “Noah Winer.”
This essay describes many of the familiar neo-conservatives as having “dual loyalties,” making policy decisions in the interests of the State of Israel as much as the United States.
Let’s see what the Counterpunch article has to say.
A Rose By Another Other Name
The Bush Administration’s Dual Loyalties
by KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
former CIA political analysts
…These people, who can fairly be called Israeli loyalists, are now at all levels of government, from desk officers at the Defense Department to the deputy secretary level at both State and Defense, as well as on the National Security Council staff and in the vice president’s office.
We still tiptoe around putting a name to this phenomenon. …We make wry jokes about Congress being “Israeli-occupied territory.” …But we never pronounce the particular words that best describe the real meaning of those observations and wry remarks. It’s time, however, that we say the words out loud and deal with what they really signify.
Dual loyalties. The issue we are dealing with in the Bush administration is dual loyalties-the double allegiance of those myriad officials at high and middle levels who cannot distinguish U.S. interests from Israeli interests, who baldly promote the supposed identity of interests between the United States and Israel, who spent their early careers giving policy advice to right-wing Israeli governments and now give the identical advice to a right-wing U.S. government, and who, one suspects, are so wrapped up in their concern for the fate of Israel that they honestly do not know whether their own passion about advancing the U.S. imperium is motivated primarily by America-first patriotism or is governed first and foremost by a desire to secure Israel’s safety and predominance in the Middle East through the advancement of the U.S. imperium.
…We have a Jewish friend who is not bothered by the term [dual loyalties] in the least, who believes that U.S. and Israeli interests should be identical and sees it as perfectly natural for American Jews to feel as much loyalty to Israel as they do to the United States. But this is clearly not the usual reaction when the subject of dual loyalties arises.)
Jews are not the only group that this article targets:
The dual loyalists in the Bush administration have given added impetus to the growth of a messianic strain of Christian fundamentalism that has allied itself with Israel in preparation for the so-called End of Days. These crazed fundamentalists see Israel’s domination over all of Palestine as a necessary step toward fulfillment of the biblical Millennium, consider any Israeli relinquishment of territory in Palestine as a sacrilege, and view warfare between Jews and Arabs as a divinely ordained prelude to Armageddon. These right-wing Christian extremists…
Now take a look at who else thinks just as highly of this reference as MoveOn.org:
Yes, that domain name is aljazeerah.info
Now, who are Bill and Kathleen Christison? A Google search finds the following beauty:
Zionism as a Racist Ideology
Reviving an Old Theme to Prevent Palestinian Ethnicide
By KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON
Too Many Smoking Guns to Ignore:
Israel, American Jews, and the War on Iraq
by BILL and KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
former CIA political analysts
Authors’ note: Given the prevailing atmosphere in the United States for debate on Israel, the frequency with which critics of Israel are accused of malicious ethnic motives, and the widespread skittishness about associating Israel or American Jews with war planning against Iraq, the following items are of particular interest. The first of these items reports a clear Jewish effort to suppress any evidence of Jewish support for war.
Perhaps the Christisons had better put on tinfoil hats before the Zionist Occupied Government’s Evil Mind Control Rays make them forget all about this horrible conspiracy. In any event, it is informative to see the kind of sources that MoveOn.org itself (as opposed to the sideshow freaks it welcomed at its Action Forum) uses as references on Israel and the Middle East.
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