Monday, March 16, 2009

The Freeman Affair

To my great surprise, Charles Freeman hasn't faded away as quickly as he emerged. One can only credit the Internet, because without it he'd certainly be vanquished.

The Freeman Affair

"Of accusations from the generally right-wing groups and individuals who claim to represent the Jewish community in official Washington, he [Freeman] wrote: "

"There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government – in this case, the government of Israel. I believe that the inability of the American public to discuss, or the government to consider, any option for U.S. policies in the Middle East opposed by the ruling faction in Israeli politics has allowed that faction to adopt and sustain policies that ultimately threaten the existence of the state of Israel. … This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States."


Then Robert Dreyfuss says: "Judging by the outcome of the Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman affair this week, it might seem as if the Israeli lobby is fearsome indeed. Seen more broadly, however, the controversy over Freeman could be the Israel lobby's Waterloo."

"A wry, outspoken iconoclast, Freeman had, however, crossed one of Washington's red lines by virtue of his strong criticism of the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Over the years, he had, in fact, honed a critique of Israel that was both eloquent and powerful"


"The essence of Rosen's criticism centered on the former ambassador's strongly worded critique of Israel. (That was no secret. Freeman had repeatedly denounced many of Israel's policies and Washington's too-close relationship with Jerusalem. "The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending," said Freeman in 2007. "American identification with Israel has become total.")"

See the word TOTAL there?

TOTAL didn't happen just from victory in Washington, although a key contributor, it's also very much the product of the propaganda machine that American's have been calling the "news". Yeah, the lot of them. Want a list? Look no further then the "news" organizations behind the pump-up for the invasion of Iraq. Not enough? Then look for those who squished coverage of the murderous rampage in Gaza. Still not enough? Look to see who supported Charles Freeman.

Also see this article in Alternet, in which Robert Dreyfuss asks asks "Is This Last Gasp for the Israel Lobby and the Neocons?"

And this article on Zionism.

Once you open your eyes and tie these pieces (Washington political power + the "news" propaganda machine) together, you'll see the nature of this destructive force for what it is: a plague of arrogance and belligerence against the very values that shaped America.

You want a solution? So do I. What is it? To oust this gang and their cohorts from power and to put it's leaders on trial for war crimes.

Why the urgency? Read this about Iraq, this about Iran, this about the Rape of Washington, this about yet another 30 billion of our tax money being dished out while the agenda continues unabated.

This very important article asks if "The US Is Facing a Weimar Moment"


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