Friday, November 9, 2007

The Lack of Intellectual Honesty in Public Discourse

In yesterday's post in which I linked to the article by James Petras the point was made that US foreign policy is now held hostage to right wing Israeli (what too often is radical Zionist or what Petras terms Zion-Fascist) propaganda. The fact that not one candidate for President from either political party has dared to raise the issue indicates that it has become "radio-active." None have the moral courage or intellectual honesty to even question whether there is an unhealthy Israeli Hawk/Zioncon [lock] on American led international relations.

Mearsheimer and Walt, Tony Judt, James Petras, other academics, brave pundits and journalists have all commented extensively on the degree to which right-wing Israeli demands are enacted virtually carte-blanche by the elite American political class. Petras' assertions regarding the ZPC are difficult to refute given that a principled position can be outlined and defended demonstrating that Israeli/Zioncon influence over US foreign policy is supreme. The fact that this contrarian and politically unacceptable view is virtually never given voice in the elite media is more than suspicious. Any mention of same results in an avalanche/adhominem screed by the Zioncon's in which the "perpetrator" is labeled an antisemite. This is intellectually dishonest and morally reprehensible. Until a frank and candid national discussion can be had in which the differences between US and Israeli policy aims can be aired, this country will continue to be mired down in the Middle East and the target of Jihadi-based terrorism.

--Dr. J. P. Hubert

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