For those who couldn't read all of Chant's post on the power of Israel in America, I am reproducing a very important part of it here. This statement of the criminality of the righteous victims is accurate, whether that person is a holocaust survivor or a Big Mike. Or a Bush regime gone mad. The problem is, my dear friends, that these people are threatening the very existence of the world. Petras' summary of possible consequences of a war on Iran leaves me wondering if these nuts aren't perfectly capable of blowing up the planet. We KNOW they are capable of turning us all into corpses and slaves, destroying our country and livelihoods.
If Iraq has proven nothing else, it has proven that they aren't capable of containing the havoc they unleash. And that they have the hubris to unleash it anyway. I really think this is the crux of the problem we face today. Can we talk?
Referring to the crime of aggression, the Nuremberg Tribunal called it the "supreme international crime," and those Nazis found guilty of it were hanged.
Petras explains that the "worst crimes are committed by those who claim to be a divinely chosen people, a people with 'righteous' claims of supreme victimhood."
He goes on to say: "Righteous victimology, linked to ethno-religious loyalties and directed by fanatical civilian militarists with advanced weaponry, is the greatest threat to world peace and humanity."
Petras makes an impassioned plea for progressives (really all people of conscience) to reject the imperial agenda of all nations, and in the case of Israel, to stand firm against inevitably being labeled anti-Semitic. Scurrilous name-calling is another refuge of scoundrels that shouldn't be tolerated or allowed to deter our committed assault against the forces of darkness that will destroy us unless we stand firmly against them. Petras tells us it won't be easy, and we can expect forceful ideological attacks against us premised on the notion that Israel is the embodiment of "democracy, liberty and justice" and those daring to criticize the Jewish state will be called supporters of "Arab dictatorships, repression, injustice and terrorism."
The stakes are much too high to let them get away with it using scurrilous name-calling in defense of it. In Petras' words: "Israel and its overseas network in the US....(threatens) not only the oppressed people of Palestine (and Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and any other state Israel takes aim at) but the rights of people throughout the world." He stresses we have mass public opinion on our side nearly everywhere outside the US, and it's gaining resonance here as well.
It sees Israel and our actions in support of the Jewish state as the greatest of all threats to world peace and stability.
Petras ends his book with one final impassioned call to arms: "Let's move ahead and de-colonize our country, our minds and politics as a first step in reconstituting a democratic republic, free of entangling colonial and neo-imperial alliances."
Wise thoughts from a wise and courageous man.
We can't ignore them lest we pay the supreme price of the loss of our freedom (and maybe our lives) because we didn't know it was being taken from us until it was too late to act to save it.