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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:37 AM
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AIPAC Congratulates Itself on the Slaughter in Lebanon

http://www.counterpunch.org/walsh08162006.html


My fellow American," Howard Friedman, President of AIPAC, begins his letter of July 30 to friends and supporters of AIPAC, "Look what you've done"! After warning that "Israel is fighting a pivotal war for its life," by which he means Israel's wanton slaughter and all-out destruction in Lebanon, Freiedman condemns "the expected chorus of international condemnation of Israel's actions" and Europe's call for "a cease-fire immediately." Then he exults: "only ONE nation in the world came out and flatly declared: Let Israel finish the job. . That nation is the United States of America--and the reason it had such a clear, unambiguous view of the situation is YOU and the rest of America Jewry." (All emphases in the original here and below.) Here I must take issue with President Friedman since I bet that most Jewish Americans, in contrast to the AIPAC crowd, were horrified by the slaughter in Lebanon. In fact if anyone other than President Friedman wrote this, he would be accused of fabricating a Jewish plot and labeled a nutty conspiracy theorist and scurrilous anti-semite.)

"How do we do it"? President Friedman asks a little further on. The answer is "decades of long hard work which never ends." Not only is it hard work--but it's eternal. However, President Friedman is not content with generalities and gives us some of AIPAC's trade secrets. Here are two notables:

"AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in-depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel's predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We even ask each candidate to author a 'position paper' on their views of the U.S.-Israel relationship--so it's clear where they stand on the subject." (Would it not be great to see these "position papers"? I wonder how many candidates would release them? And what do the candidates get for all this effort? A pat on the back?)

"Members of Congress, staffers and administration officials have come to rely on AIPACs memos. They are VERY busy people and they know that they can count on AIPAC for clear-eyed analysis.. We present this information in concise form to elected officials. The information and analyses are impeccable--after all our reputation is at stake. This results in policy and legislation that make up Israel's lifeline." (Another way to read this is that the pea-brained hillbillies who make up most of the Congress can be led by the nose if the memos are simple enough. Testimony to this fact enters my mailbox, as I write, in the form of a must-read interview with Noam Chomsky, which details just how distorted the discussion of Israel and the war on Lebanon has become in the U.S.)
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I've noticed on reality shows that vote off contestents each week - that those that boast of being safe from being voted off are themselves voted off the very next week. have you noticed this too?

AIPAC is boasting.

(I didn't place this in the Israel/Lebanon forum because of paragraph three and four, pertaining to our congress people. if this isn't political, what is?)
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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:41 AM
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1. AIPAC STBO NT
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:44 AM
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2. It's sounds like a fundraising letter.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:44 AM
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3. aipac asks for position papers from every candidate?
i wonder how many have responded -- for how long have they asked for them -- what has been stated, etc?

i can imagine an interesting history here.
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:11 PM
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4. So they have to audition for the big bucks they get from AIPAC?
No wonder they have the GOP trying to save Joe for them. They spent a lot of cash on Lieberman, something like $285,000. Joe's not a cheap date.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 01:54 PM
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5. joe's not cheap -- but the lives of our soldiers
seem to be for joe.

turning the pain of 9-11 into our ever lasting shame.
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Marrak Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:24 PM
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6. AIPAC is
an enemy of truth. Why do they hate the truth?
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