Archive for December 14th, 2010
The Special Relationship with Israel: Is it Worth the Costs?
Sent: 12/14/2010 1:26:06 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: A message from former Congressman Paul Findley
Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham said America should take “bold action” to “deal with Iran.” Graham asserted that if President Obama “decides to be tough with Iran beyond sanctions, I think he is going to feel a lot of Republican support … Containment [of Iran] is off the table.”
At the same time, Senator Joe Lieberman claimed that “there is a base, a broad bipartisan base of support [for military action against Iran] if the Commander in Chief comes to a point where he thinks that’s necessary.”
This saber-rattling foreign policy talk is fueling the push for a military confrontation with Iran. And make no mistake about it, the Israel Lobby is manipulating U.S. opinion makers, government leaders, and the American public into believing that a military face-off with Iran is the U.S. national interest, and indeed necessary.
This war talk is reverberating despite the disastrous results of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was another agenda item of the Israel lobby.
I saw war close-up as a veteran of World War II. As a veteran of Congress, I know how and why powerful special interests advocate war. That’s why I’m still fighting. And I want you to remain on the front lines too.
War has always been a part of the Israel lobby’s strategy. Whether its own excursions into Lebanon or military actions by proxy—Iraq, Afghanistan, and perhaps now even Iran—the destabilization of the Middle East always seems to benefit Tel Aviv.
Today, there is one courageous organization, the Council for the National Interest, that is holding fast against the influence and agenda of the Israel Lobby—and taking the message of peace through justice and fair play to a growing and even more receptive audience.
More than just the worrisome question of Iran, however, the entire agenda of the Israel lobby—from Washington’s massive military aid to Tel Aviv to the brutal subjugation of Palestine—requires the Council for the National Interest to be more vigilant than ever. It’s a job that CNI embraces as a labor of love … for the American ideals of human rights and the solidarity we have with the Palestinian people.
In 1989, I was a founder of CNI—along with Congressman Pete McCloskey and a number of distinguished public policy and foreign service experts. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League claims CNI “opposes U.S. aid to Israel and disseminates demonizing propaganda about Israel to academics, politicians, and other audiences.” Of course we don’t demonize, but as CNI President Alison Weir puts it: “Describing Israel is always difficult. One can either stay within the mainstream paradigm, or tell the truth. I will opt for the truth.”
The truth must be told, which is why CNI’s message is urgent. I hope you will consider a tax-deductible gift of $50, $100, $500 or even $25 to help underwrite its work. I must stress that we need to hear from you right away: with a new Congress on its way, the Israel Lobby is working overtime. Here’s just one example ..
Washington Post columnist David Broder recently opined that “with strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, [President Obama] can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve.”
That is why CNI is working harder than ever to tell the truth about what the steady beat of war drums really means. Our voice is crucial as talk about war with Iran becomes louder and louder.
Member of Congress, 1961-1983
Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of CNI
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