Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Things it would be good to look at sometime in relation to U.S. foreign policy:

If members of the conservative establishment with close ties to Israel were some of the ones fanning the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment in the post 9-11 world.  That virulent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment is present in conservative Israeli quarters is indisputable. That there were Neo-Cons in the Bush administration who were also very close to the Israeli government is similarly indisputable.

To at least partially answer the first question, yes, and they're still there: people like Pamela Geller. In the rest of the world there are people like Geert Wilders who make a show of how much they like the right wing Israeli establishment.

**on edit: I need to clarify this. Folks in the United States are very used to people who are Jewish being on the forefront of positive social change, but the Neo-Conservative movement and the right wing interpretations of Zionism that are present in Israel are anything but. Someone like Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense under Bush, has little or nothing to do with positive politics, yet despite Israeli anti-Palestinian activity, and anti-Arab sentiment in general, being for the most part right wing, and prominent neo-cons who are Jewish supporting those right wing policies, criticism of the links between them and Israel is looked at as anti-semitism. It has nothing to do with anti-semitism and everything to do with the loyalties of right wing individuals to a country that embodies some of the worst perspectives on Islam and Arabs out there fueling general resentment of Islam and Arabs in general in the foreign policy establishment of the United States. 

**to clarify even more: that Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, and Elliot Abrams are Jewish says nothing whatsoever about their ultra-conservative policies. Neither does the fact that they support Israel, as a generic statement, mean anything besides that their support is likely for the hardest rightwing anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian forces in the country, people who commit war crimes on a regular basis.

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