[Marxism] James Petras commentary on Iraq

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Fri Apr 9 22:18:28 MDT 2004


In a message dated 4/9/2004 5:10:55 PM Eastern Standard Time, lnp3 at panix.com 
writes:
The "Arabs" resist, while the overstuffed cabbage Sharon is silent. His 
once loquacious agents, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams and their underlings are 
strangely silent. Are they worried that there might be a mass backlash 
against those who cooked the data to get the US into a war in which 
thousands of US soldiers will die and be maimed - in order to "protect" 
Israel's undisputed claim to dominance in the Middle East?
Petras did not need to make this comment to make a strong critique of the war 
in Iraq.  It's gratuitous, and it smacks of anti-Semitism. Is Petras an 
"agent" of that anti-Zionist torturer of Iraqis otherwise known as Saddam Hussein?  
Of course not!  Moreover, Petras is playing a very dangerous game in implying 
that US soldiers are dying in Iraq on behalf of Israel.   (i.e. - "our good 
Christian sons are dying because of the too powerful Jews")  Bush hired 
Wolfowtiz.  Wolfowitz did not hire Bush.  The left needs to get that straight.  Bush 
is a wealthy right wing Christian, and he panders to the interests of wealthy, 
right wing Christians. His faith based initiatives are an unconstitutional 
protection racket for right wing evangelicals. The left needs to get that 
straight too.

What does the war in Iraq, which is all about Halliburton and oil revenues, 
have to do with Israel?  We do not import oil from Israel.  We import it from 
Saudi Arabia, and Bush would have loved to import it from Iraq too. Hell, he 
would have loved to take over all of Iraq's oil fields.  Now he's upset that he 
can't, and that Cheney and his other crony capitalist friends (most of whom 
are right wing Christians) will not have as many millions to rake in this year.  
Why does everything that happens in the Middle East get reductively tossed 
onto Israel's doorstep?  The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is bad enough 
without this false and simplistic linkage.

Principled criticism of Israel is fine, but it's time for extreme 
anti-Zionists to stop playing Whip the Bunny with Israel.  Because the harder they whip 
that bunny, the harder it will be to build more popular support in Israel and 
the U.S.on behalf of justice for the Palestinians.

Moreover, it's just a bit hypocritical for "anti-statist" anti-Zionists to 
froth at the mouth about the evils of the Israeli nation state as they wax 
romantic about "Patria O Muerte" when it comes out of the mouths of Iraqi 
insurgents; some of whom (thankfully not all!) also shout "Death to the Jews!"

Marion



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