Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
US Foreign Policy in the Middle East:
The Role of Lobbies & Special Interest Groups,
By Janice J Terry,
Reviewed By CRB
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 3, 2011
Pluto Press, London, Ann Arbor, 2005. Interesting book. It’s concise,
only 160 pp., with a collection of Notes. I recommend it because the
book makes its points more clearly than any other book I‘ve read. Not
It’s challenging to educate oneself on the big question:
Why do the Zionist Jews, a small percentage of
Jews, become so successful in their political endeavors? It’s clear
to see why in this book. Their persistence exists in educating each
generation on history and politics and the history of politics through the
past and the present, even though that history is biased toward the Jews
and at times, would seem ethnocentric. Their lobbies are explained here,
and the very strong hold in Washington and in all or most areas of the
media, is brought to light. They are the only ethnic group with a high
percentage of voting, even though their numbers are small. They see
voting’s importance in this country. Sadly, many US citizens do not
partake of this vital privilege.
Who among us non-Jews have been
taught by our parents and teachers to learn and study in as erstwhile and
persistent manner as the Jewish children are? Few, but they are to be
envied, as most of us cannot hold a conversation, say, on the Reign of
Terror in France, or the history of the Krupp family in Germany, or the
9,000 years of one period of history in China? Does anyone discuss
Frederick II, the Great? Or the dire sufferings of all other ethnic groups
on our planet as a result of WWII, that is, the other 50+ million or so
who have died in that war? Only one ethnic group has tackled sufferings at
that time. Who has read the protest writings of Martin Luther,
Professor Norman Finkelstein (“The Holocaust Industry”), Professor Kevin
MacDonald, Professor Said, (who was a Palestinian a professor of English
at Columbia U)? Jimmy Carter’s Peace, not Apartheid? Walt + Mearscheimer?
Few. We are too busy.
In London, England, one can get strange
stares and a refusal in a bookstore when asking for the books of one
Elizabeth Dilling, on The Talmud. In Germany, Mein Kampf cannot be bought
or sold. It’s not allowed, not that it’s on my list. But suppression of
historical or political books is not anyone’s idea of freedom.
This writer suspects that the intense study of the Talmud during early
years teaches one to discuss -- not only to promote -- but to
destroy certain ideas. It’s also an intense and long-term training with
which to expound ideas into writings. It is a training in logic and
illogic. It’s a teaching on how to express ideas orally--and to convince.
This ideology has found its way into our public writings. Ill-conceived
and trifling, worthless and picayune subjects are brought up repeatedly
for discussion - ad absurdam, ad nauseam. It's called "Spin."
In United States politics, the pro-Israeli lobbies with their biased
interests are always at work. Funding is accelerated with laws to promote
monetary gifts and donations to Israel. American Zionists not only vote
carefully with an admired togetherness, they fund raise profitably. They
are extremely organized. Chapter 7, “Jewish Americans & Pro-Zionist
Lobbies” backs up this truth in the Notes area of this erudite book. This
chapter tells the history of the strongest lobby: AIPAC. On the net, one
can see groups that are working to free the Israeli spy, who sold American
government secrets, one Jonathan Pollard.
Another thought: Are we
watching and trailing speeches and actions of our Senators and our
Representatives? Do we let them know what we think? All of them have local
telephone numbers, and addresses. We should all be in touch with them, and
This book clarifies that Arabs and Arab-American groups
only come out strongly to protest when highly important and vicious
attacks upon Palestinians or Muslims or Arabs appear in the news. When the
crisis is over, the American Jews continue their work assiduously, while
the protesters lie back to a certain extent, until the next occasion
arises. This is why the Jewish lobbies are so forthcoming in Washington.
With influence, the press encourages and promotes pro-Israeli views of the
Middle East. The one exception to this is that after 9/11, many freedom
groups have come into the open and are still fighting to stop the needless
war upon the Iraqis. They are also fighting to protect our freedoms, which
are waning away as the result of the Patriot Act and new laws instituted
as we speak. The Internet has been very helpful in spreading the positive
ideas that dissent brings.
Small but very important book. Please
do go to your library or purchase it. You won’t be sorry!
taken on this book by CRB in 2007.