With astonishment the world is again and again looking at the servile attitude of US administrations giving the impression of permanently bowing to Israel´s prime minister and government as well as AIPAC, the Zionist lobby organization in the US. Simple minded Europeans still infected with underground stereotypes about Jewish conspiracies feel encouraged in their suspicions. Some hardcore Zionists do not regret such psychological disasters pushing Anti-Judaism (falsely dubbed Anti-Semitism, since the majority of Semites are Arabs) since it is seen as a help to encourage Jewish immigration into Israel. Not only anti-Zionist Jews (1) are suspecting this (2). But why does the single remaining empire (US) in the world pretend to dance to the tune of the government of a small country at the East of the Mediterranean Sea?
Who rules America?
Only people having their single source of information in commercial mainstream media will believe in the US American “democratic myth”. “Who rules America?” asks G. William Domhoff in his detailed and surely important book of the same name (3), but concentrates seemingly too much on the entourage of the real power. Surely power to rule has a lot to do with money but superficial views on “big money” as given in Robert Frank´s “Richistan” (4) might only give insight into bizarre aspect yet not giving the clue. Without the sociological concept of “class” nothing can be won and only on basis of a close look at the differentiations within the economically ruling class with respect to power the real power can be identified. To this clear view C. Wright Mills has contributed a lot with his book “The Power Elite” (5), first published in 1956. How this elite on top of the economy and the military was already then about to make the “democratic concept” (6) of the US an absurdity was revealed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and by John F. Kennedy in famous speeches (7). There is obviously power elite above the “democratic rituals” which decides even over death and life of the US President (8). An insight into one member family, the Bush family, of the elite gives the voluminous book of Russ Baker, “Family of secrets” (9). In the end there can be no doubt, the true power elite are still predominantly consisting of white Anglo Saxon Protestants (WASPs) and members of different ethnic origin are first and foremost “members”.
The US Power Elite, Racism and Fascism
The US power elite has throughout its existence capitalized on racism, predominantly on anti black racism but as well on differentiation among Europeans and on a strong “Anti-Semitism”, precisely Anti-Judaism. The racist character of US society created many links to European fascism and especially German Nazism (10) including Eugenics (11). Outstanding example of this position was Henry Ford, practicing Anti-Semite (12). This was quite representative for the interest of the ruling US class since the aim was to “contain” Soviet Union and substitute Great Britain as the world´s leading power and France especially in Near East. Surely besides the growing greed for oil this was also already inspired by the British geographer Halford John Mackinder and his “Heartland Theory” (14), saying if a power wants to rule the world it has to gain control over Eurasia as the heartland of the world. In this concept the Zionist project was a “British thing” and relatively irrelevant for the US power. The economic support for Nazism was designed to put Britain “to its place” and destroy the Soviet Union and it went on through quite a time of WW II. Actually there are plausible suspicions that even in the US a fascist business coup against Roosevelt was planned in the early 30ties (15). In this context as well as together with Nazi Collaboration also Grandfather Bush is named (16).
Israel and the US
After the second World War and the unbelievable crimes of Nazi Germany on the European Jews and anti-Semitic social excesses in East Europe the Zionist project got an enormous push, partly because US politics wasn´t too eager to accept Jewish immigration of the European Holocaust survivors and readily cooperated with Zionist organizations to get them to Palestine (17). Zionism in its turn was a lot inspired by European colonial mentality and not ready (as victims of racism) to be self reflective on its own European racist ingredients and without hesitation brought forward the slogan “a land without a people for a people without land”. In fact the Soviet Union and their allies because of expectations into the socialist elements in Zionism were more helpful (delivering an enormous amount of weapons including many dozens of fighter planes) in the fights of the emerging Israel 1948 than the US (18), though the US were the first to recognize Israel. In fact the US in their Middle East politics counted much more on their strongholds in Saudi Arabia (19) and Iran (20) after the CIA inspired coup against Mossadeq and having pushed out the British. So much in fact that the US cooperated with the Soviet Union to end the war of Great Britain, France and Israel against Egypt after the nationalization of the Suez Channel (21), that this reduced British influence in the region was surely not seen as a bad result.
US Power and the multi functionalism of the Near East conflict
It seems that the “Six-Day War” was sort of a turning point in US relations with Israel (22) though even a US ship, the USS Liberty (23) was severely attacked by planes of the Israeli air force intending to sink it. Obviously the US power realized the enormous military potential and the chance that Israel could become the “unsinkable aircraft carrier” of the US in the East Mediterranean Sea with respect to the geostrategic importance of the region in face of its oil resources.
Experts make intelligent remarks on the aspect of “lobbying” in US politics like Prof. Lawrence Davidson (24), but taken the said about power elite in the US their must be a consideration of additional aspects coming into the scope of power. One aspect might have been the modification of the “mad Man Theory” developed under Nixon and Kissinger (25), which might not have fitted so well in the US self understanding, into some sort of “Mad Dog Theory”, providing the US master with an ally who could hardly be controlled, making it necessary for Arab countries to always be in touch with the dog´s master and beg him to keep the rope not too long, whereas the master always stresses how difficult the monster is to tame!
Again the Question of Racism
The US power (the real behind the scene) was still and again confronted with a big problem. In WW II masses had to be mobilized on the topic of racism against Nazi Germany when the point was reached to crush the force which had been so useful in keeping the British small and making life for the “commies” difficult. This was taken up by the oppressed people especially in the colonies of Western countries. As long as that made life a bit difficult for GB and France it was somehow ok. But the upcoming question concerned the US social situation and its wars, especially the Vietnam War. In the civil rights struggles the Jewish community sided often with the Afro Americans and was to a vast extend “liberal”, what was unwanted. In the left the racist Holocaust murders by the Nazis were finally seen as the tip of the racist iceberg made up by general Western racism. How to change the topic to the needs and taste of true power?
Doing the Trick
Ideologists managed to portray the German combination of a terrible ethnical and religious chauvinism and the weird will to eradicate minorities of the Nazi politicians as the archetype of racism, as racism as such! The Eurocentric disgust for the Germans doing to white people – though Jewish – what “legitimately” could only be done to black, brown and yellow people was used as a cover for the ongoing racism against the majority of mankind by the West. Helpful was that the doctrine of “singularity” – as far as the “industrial character” of the German murders surely justified – was extended to the moral dimension and the extent of victim´s sufferings. This was leaving aside for example the fact that only the Belgium King Leopold´s “private colonialism” in the Congo demanded up to ten million dead Congolese people (26). Norman G. Finkelstein has stressed the perfidy of this practice. Also the millions of dead Russians falling victim to Germany´s ideology of Russian “Untermenschen” were pushed aside. In general the German Holocaust was misused to cover up the colonial racist crimes of the whole West. And the second step was to strengthen the claim of the Zionists that Israel is the only legitimate heir of the six million murdered European Jews and the only legitimate representative of the Jewish part of mankind wherever Jews live.
The “Israel Lobby”
So the power managed to draw the attention on Israel as the endangered country “of the Jews”, to strengthen the Zionist organizations in the US and to lead them into a coalition with the backward and antiscientific “Evangelicals” forming the “Israel Lobby” (27) while Israel could never be successfully attacked by neighboring states because of its extended nuclear armament (28). This formation of the overly worried part of the Diaspora and reactionary Evangelicals worked well throughout the cold war and after it. It was useful in the days after “Nine Eleven” in creating a hysterical atmosphere and in supporting a wave of Anti-Arab sentiment (the true “New Anti-Semitism”). The “War on Terror” unlashed by the Bush administration profited from it and the continuation under the Obama administration giving it the umbrella of “human rights interventions” also fared well with it, claiming it´s only exercising “power to protect”, also to “protect the sole democracy” in the Middle East. But the US power is near to the point of “overstretching”. A crisis in the Persian Gulf is ok as long as it keeps the oil price up and thus helps to make the Dollar a very much needed currency, but at this moment a war against Iran might not be very practical, though the famous plan for “Seven Countries” as revealed by Gen. Wesley Clarke (29) is not finally dropped. In the end the US power melted the two forces together as a watchdog (mostly a “mad one”) for the support of mainly “neoconservative” power politics, pulling great parts of the American Diaspora away from its originally liberal positions, Norman Birnbaum doesn´t get tired to stress (30). But, a fool who believes that the US power elite sees its own interest to be identical with that of Israel´s power elite.
The Hardcore Zionist Obsession Living on
The Zionists carrying with them the Eurocentric and racist views of the people they tried to escape from had picture of Jewish humanity that was not to a small part formed by anthropological stereotypes which resulted in fascist or fascist like movements elsewhere in Europe. The wish was to become like other powerful European nations. The (Anglo Saxon) Americans had enough time to deal with the Red Indians, the (Anglo Saxon) Australians had enough time to deal with the Australian Aboriginals and so on. If they would at long last be treated as equals by white mankind, they´d also get to grips with the Palestinians and get rid of them. This was the concept also for the “occupied territories” after the war of 1967, as Moshe Dayan made plain: “We don’t have a solution, and you will continue living like dogs, and whoever wants will go, and will see how this procedure will work out. For now, it works out.” (31).
Western politicians like to present the situation as if Israel´s main political parties are willing to put a “Two State Solution” into reality. This presentation has nothing to do with the reality as far as the majority of Israel´s political class addicted to hard core Zionism is concerned. The real concept is to be seen in official maps, for example of the “Immigrant Absorption Ministry” (32). That political class is horrified by growing Jewish resistance in the world against the arrogant claim of Israel´s government to speak in their name. Many prominent intellectuals of high reputation fight against Israel´s policy, organizations are formed to make clear to the world: “not in our name!” (33). In many Western countries there is growing awareness that there is a clear distinction between Jews and Zionism, between Jews and Israel´s policy. There is growing awareness for the Palestinian sufferings and Israel´s permanent violation of international law and human rights. So if the old plan of the “Transfer” of the Palestinians over the Jordan should be put into reality time is running out. To “sell” such a step to the Western societies it would need a dramatic situation, an extended war around Israel so that the measure could be declared as absolutely necessary for Israel´s survival. That is why Israel´s regime is so urgently seeking to set the region to flames starting with a war on Iran. They want the Arab surrounding go wild in sort of a “Jihad” as their limited understanding let it appear plausible to themselves. But the whole plan is too risky without the “big Brother” behind. And such a war needs justification, the danger of another Holocaust will do (34)! No matter how realistic military experts class the Iranian regime as rational and not suicidal (35), Israel´s government insists on the “Iranian Bomb”. So they over employ the Israel lobby in the US to force the US government, in the end to the distaste of the real US power elite being the only force to tell the US President what to do (36).
Over screwing the “thing”, the tail might be dropped
What if Israel´s government and its political class over estimates its influence it has at the mercy of the US power elite? What if they mistake what they take to be a dog to be wagged? What if what they take to be a dog is in reality a lizard and they are the lizard´s tail:
Don’t they study history? Don´t they know that many “close allies” have experienced the readiness of US power to drop them “if necessary”? But the consequences in this case would be more dramatic than ever before. No former ally of US power was allowed such a penetration of US society, no foreign power was allowed such a “symbiotic” political closeness. If the US power elite has reached the point to “drop its tail” it would not seek the left and the left critics of Israel as supporters of this step, no, they´ll not turn to their real social and political opponents for support of that. They´ll rather seek close alliance with the old type racist and fascist social forces which were always “against the Jews”. They´ll employ those forces not differentiating between Zionism and Jews up to Ku Klux Klan. Such a development will appear as an “Anglo Saxon” revolution. As much as the left has to stand in the way of using Israel as an excuse for further imperialist US wars, the left has to get prepared for that moment when the super rich WASPs might try to “free” themselves from what they have before used excessively for their own ends. That move would have repercussions in the whole US society as well as in all Western societies. And those members of the Diaspora who are still kept in blind support for Israel´s policy should be well aware of such a possibility. They do no good to their own future if they allow the “gentiles” to see them as how Israel´s government want them to be seen, as “part of Israel” and of Israel´s activities.
7) Eisenhower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_II0H7X5O4&feature=related
10) on US support for fascism:
16) Bush family & Nazis: http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2006/3327kiracoff_berlin.html
17) Noam Chomsky, “Offene Wunde Nahost”, Hamburg 2003, Page 101