Friday, November 2, 2012

Know Our Enemies


Always good advice since those enemies are vast and varied. We identify many of them here daily. What always amazes me is the various alliances that come about via hate for Israel. Case in point:
Big Oil Underwrites Anti-Israel Conference by CLIFF KINCAID October 31, 2012 

Chas Freeman, President Obama's controversial pick for National Intelligence Council chairman, was the keynote speaker at the 21st Arab-US Policymakers Conference, or AUSPC, organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and held on October 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Freeman withdrew his nomination when critics noted his connections to a Chinese state-run oil company and his backing from the government of Saudi Arabia. He had been criticized for making anti-Israel statements and blamed the "Israel lobby" for his failed nomination. In his address, "Change Without Progress in the Middle East," Freeman said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has blatantly intervened in the U.S. elections in support of the Republican candidate, who has explicitly committed himself, if elected, to allow Israel to dictate U.S. policy on Iran, Palestine, and other issues in the Middle East." He added, "Mr. Netanyahu wants America to set red lines for Iran. Everyone else in the region wishes the United States would set red lines for Israel."
Even more controversial than Freeman, however, was Jeffrey Steinberg, who spoke to this year's gathering during a panel discussion on "The Palestinian Future." Steinberg, a close associate of convicted felon and political extremist Lyndon LaRouche, advocated an "American Spring" to change U.S. policy toward the Arab world, including by recognizing Palestine as an independent Arab state with full U.N. membership. Despite the anti-Israel nature of the event, this year's AUSPC was sponsored by various American Big Oil companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. corporations such as Boeing. The government of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states were also major sponsors. Steinberg was identified in the official program as a writer for Executive Intelligence Review; a critic of the "neoconservative movement;" and a contributor to "Middle East journals" such as Al Watan and Al Sharq in Saudi Arabia. Steinberg was also identified in the program as co-author of Dope Inc., which blames international drug trafficking on the British government, and The Ugly Truth About the ADL, described as an "expose of the links between the Zionist lobby and organized crime." The ADL stands for the Anti-Defamation League, which labels LaRouche, who began his career as a Marxist, a "notorious American anti-Semite." Executive Intelligence Review is his publication. LaRouche is considered the intellectual author of the 9/11 Truth movement because he questioned whether Arabs or Muslims had staged the attack. He said about 9/11, "I don't think this is an Islamic national operation. I would say the capability, and the motivation, for the intention, does not come from the Arab world. And the isolated Arab groups, which might intend to do something like that, don't have that capability." These comments were made in a radio interview that is still available on a LaRouche website. LaRouche and his current and "former" associates frequently make the assertion that Islamic terrorism does not exist and instead is sponsored by Israel, the U.S. or Britain in "false flag" operations designed to make the Arabs and Muslims look bad.
This panel discussion with Steinberg was covered by the C-SPAN television network, but the moderator of the panel did not mention the more controversial parts of Steinberg's biography. The moderator was Alison Weir, President of the Council for the National Interest and Executive Director of the group, If Americans Knew. Other speakers were Dr. Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar at Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University; Dr. Tamara Sonn, the Wm. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary; and Mark Perry, author of Conceived in Liberty, The Last Days of the CIA, and Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage its Enemies. Steinberg has been a guest on foreign propaganda channels such as Iranian Press TV, where he appeared "on the International Quds Day in support of the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist regime's occupation of Palestine," according to the official description of the program. International Quds Day is designed by states such as Iran to condemn the state of Israel and call for its destruction.
Corporate and Institutional Sponsors of the conference on the so-called diamond, platinum, and gold levels included the HRH (His Royal Highness) Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Aramco Services Company, The Boeing Company, Chevron, Connoisseur Travel, ConocoPhillips, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, Embassy of the State of Qatar, Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, ExxonMobil, Federation of the GCC Chambers of Commerce, Marathon Oil Company, Qatar Airways, Oxford Business Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), United States Chamber of Commerce, U.S. - U.A.E. Business Council, The Washington Diplomat, and The Xenel Group. Literature at the conference announced a March 9-10, 2013 "National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel ‘Special Relationship.'" One of the "confirmed speakers" is Paul R. Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who is now a visiting professor at Georgetown University for security studies. He wrote an article, "We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran." 
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I often wonder just how many crazy LaRouchians exist among the anti-Zionists/ Pro-Palestinians. I suspect a lot. Certainly the nutty LaRouchian business about "terrorism not existing," can be seen among many on the left, especially the 9/11 Troofers. The whole Truther movement quickly became illegitimate exactly because of its anti-semitic claims that Israel did 9/11 and general anti-semitism to begin with. Far right hatred amalgamated with far left craziness; what a recipe for nastiness.


  1. Blows a gaping hole in the whole left-right facade, doesn't it?

  2. For the life of me, Doodad, I do not know what to make of this.

    Is LaRouche actually relevant, do you suppose?

    I've looked over some of his material and he lost me when he blamed the counterculture on the Frankfurt School.

    1. Relevant? At 90, probably more of a has been but my main point was that here are some of his antisemitic spawn lecturing some pretty high profile types with a view to delegitimize Israel. They, (meaning Jew haters) are everywhere and increasingly with a fresh coat of paint....respectable, as it were. And you know what they say about just ONE rotten apple in a barrel. Of course the barrel in question, when you loom at the participants, has many more than one bad apple.