Monday, March 2, 2015

Chomsky on DEMOCRACY NOW!, Netanyahu at AIPAC

Today's broadcast of DEMOCRACY NOW! was dedicated to a dialogue with Prof. Noam Chomsky
and his analysis of the Netanyahu Congressional address debacle.  The discussion was extremely impressive and is worth your time.  Topics include an analysis of the US history of diplomacy with Iran and Iraq, as well as a discussion of Israeli nuclear capabilities in Dimona.  In Chomsky's view, the Iranian nuclear effort is one of creating a deterrent against the undeclared Israeli nuclear weaponry stores.  But in terms of the dynamics of power relations between America and Israel, Obama will not take a drastic step to shift American policy towards Israel.
Simultaneous with this broadcast was Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to AIPAC.  In his 20 minute address, attended by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, Netanyahu spent his time playing to the crowd while emphasizing the notion of Iran being an existential threat to the most heavily armed nuclear power on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  He also tried to play cleanup and argue that his controversial invitation to speak to the US Congress was not intended as ill will.  He decided to drag the memory of Gen. George Marshall through the mud, hinting the man who rebuilt Europe was an anti-Semite.  He claimed that the US had washed their hands of everything Israeli in the midst of the 1967 war, which is a blatant lie, Sirhan Sirhan killed Bobby Kennedy in June 1968 as retribution for his vote to supply helicopters to the IDF.  However, one point he did raise was perhaps correct, saying "the values that unite us are much stronger than the differences that divide us."  Others have previously compared the treatment of the Palestinians with the fate of the Cherokee Indians.  This is not merely a leftist aberration, Benny Morris, the history professor and cheerleader of the IDF, has previously has said "There is no justification for acts of rape. There is no justification for acts of massacre. Those are war crimes. But in certain conditions, expulsion is not a war crime. I don't think that the expulsions of 1948 were war crimes. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. You have to dirty your hands...Even the great American democracy could not have been created without the annihilation of the Indians. There are cases in which the overall, final good justifies harsh and cruel acts that are committed in the course of history. (Haaretz, ‘Survival of the fittest’, Jan. 8, 2004)"  Charming.

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