The American Conservative
March 24, 2003

Whose War?

by Patrick J. Buchanan

. . . it is the charge of "anti-Semitism" itself that is toxic. For this venerable slander is designed to nullify public discourse by smearing and intimidating foes and censoring and blacklisting them and any who would publish them. Neocons say we attack them because they are Jewish. We do not. We attack them because their warmongering threatens our country, even as it finds a reliable echo in Ariel Sharon.

And this time the boys have cried "wolf" once too often. It is not working. As Kaus notes, Kaplan's own New Republic carries Harvard professor Stanley Hoffman. In writing of the four power centers in this capital that are clamoring for war, Hoffman himself describes the fourth thus:

And, finally, there is a loose collection of friends of Israel, who believe in the identity of interests between the Jewish state and the United States. . . . These analysts look on foreign policy through the lens of one dominant concern: Is it good or bad for Israel? Since that nation's founding in 1948, these thinkers have never been in very good odor at the State Department, but now they are well ensconced in the Pentagon, around such strategists as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. . . .


[Nine-eleven would not have occurred if the U.S. government had refused to help Israel humiliate and destroy Palestinian society.--Paul Findley, "Liberating America From Israel," Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, November 2002]

Bill and Kathleen Christison, "Too Many Smoking Guns to Ignore: Israel, American Jews, and the War on Iraq," CounterPunch, January 25, 2003

[". . . the dark secret of Jewish power is out. Just recently it was 'third rail', touch-and-die, deadly dangerous to mention, certain end to a career. Just recently, Joe Public snapped his TV from an eminence with an Israeli passport to a member of a Jewish think-tank, and muttered to himself: Surely it is just a coincidence that so many important and largely unelected people in our country happen to belong to this small minority group. Surely it is just a coincidence that they belong to different parties but reach the same conclusions. Surely it is just a coincidence that ninety per cent of American foreign aid goes to their cousins in prosperous Tel Aviv. Surely it is just a coincidence that they run our newspapers, television, cinema, universities. Anyway, we are not allowed to notice this elephant in our sitting room."--Israel Shamir, Midas Ears, March 11, 2003]

Ed Vuillamy, "Israel seeks pipeline for Iraqi oil," The Observer (UK), April 20, 2003


["Let me begin with some blunt questions, the harshness of which matches the situation in Israel/ Palestine. How have the Jews, immemorially associated with suffering and high moral purpose, become identified with a nation-state loathed around the world for its oppressiveness toward a subjugated indigenous people? Why have a substantial majority of Jews chosen to flaunt world opinion in order to rally about a state that essentially has turned its occupied lands into a huge concentration camp and driven its occupied peoples to such gruesome expedients as suicide bombing? Why does the Zionist community, in raging against terrorism, forget that three of its prime ministers within the last twenty years - Begin, Shamir and Sharon - are openly recognized to have been world-class terrorists and mass murderers? And why will these words just written - and the words of other Jews critical of Israel - be greeted with hatred and bitter denunciation by Zionists and called "self-hating" and "anti-Semitic"? Why do Zionists not see, or to be more exact, why do they see yet deny, the brutal reality that this state has wrought?"--Tikkun Magazine by Joel Kovel, author of "The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or The End of The World?"]

["What was America's real motive for attacking Iraq? Was it oil? Empire? To make the Middle East safe for Sharon?"--Pat Buchanan, "An unnecessary war," World Net Daily, June 4, 2003]

[The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.--Ari Shavit, "White man's burden," Haaretz, April 5, 2003]

Jon Basil Utley, "The Untold Story of Antiwar Conservatives," theamericanconservative, April 18, 2013]

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