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War and Peace

By Israel Shamir


The two-party system of the US is dead. It lost trust of people, less and
less voters care to go to the elections' booth, as the choice they offer is
always a wrong choice. The last bell of the two-party system sounded with
the defeat of the Congresswoman Cynthia[1] McKinney, a member for Georgia,
in the Democratic primaries.

She was ambushed in the Democratic Party primaries, when her enemies brought
in thousands of Republican voters to vote against Cynthia. Have the
Republicans seen the light? Alexander Cockburn of the Counterpoint had
another explanation, "Torrents of American Jewish money showered her
opponent. Buckets of sewage were poured over McKinney's head in the
[Jewish-owned and edited] Washington Post and the Atlanta Constitution".

"Cynthia was not the first Afro-American victim of the Jewish Lobby": Earl
Hilliard, first elected black congressperson in Alabama since
Reconstruction, was defeated by "a torrent of money from out-of-state
American Jewish organizations", writes Cockburn, for "calling for some
even-handedness in the Middle East".

 Cockburn's conclusion was denied by Stephen Zunes[2], who stressed that it
is the pro-War forces that defeated Cynthia. "Thousands of conservative
Republicans voted in the Democratic primary for the sole purpose of
defeating one of Congress' most outspoken defenders of civil rights, labour
and the environment and one of its most vocal critics of President George W.
Bush. These Republicans were particularly incensed at McKinney's criticism
of President Bush's "war on terrorism". Majette's top contributors include a
sizable number of major Republican donors and very few names commonly
associated with a Jewish ethnicity", wrote Zunes in the adequately named
article, "Don't Blame the Jews for Cynthia McKinney's Defeat".

Brilliant Edward Herman[3] rejected conclusion of Zunes, by connecting
Cynthia's defeat with that of Hilliard, another Black congressman who dared
to oppose the Jewish Lobby. "The unique factor in both elections was the
[Jewish] anger at these blacks for daring to oppose [their] policy. [Jewish
Lobby's] intrusions into the Alabama and Georgia elections and successful
removal of Hilliard and McKinney are arguably a form of disenfranchisement
of black voters, by money power rather than legal tricks or coercion, and
should be strenuously opposed."

In this political whodunit we have a luxury of choice between two potential
culprits, the Jewish Lobby and the War Party. Let us look at the names. The
crossover was organised by John Podhoretz, David Horowitz, Jonah Goldberg of
William F. Buckley's National Review Magazine. They inspired Newt Gingrich,
and the Ex-House Speaker, the right hand of Richard Perle of the 'National
Defense Advisory Council', aka Wolfowitz cabal. Gingrich, a Georgia man, did
the hatchet job. They got away with it due to the Democratic Party's
connivance. The Governor Roy Barnes, a Democrat, was closely connected with

Our choice was that of a drunken driver, who sees everything double. The
Jewish Lobby is the War Party, the closely-knit gang of Jewish supremacists
and their Gentile neo-con allies. In 1990, Joe Sobran listed the
commentators who constantly defend Israel: Podhoretz, Rosenthal, Dershowitz,
Martin Peretz, George Will, Mortimer Zuckerman, Morton Kondracke, Jeane
Kirkpatrick, Kenneth Adelman, Amos Perlmutter, Eric Breindal, Cal Thomas,
Max Lerner, Ben Wattenberg, Charles Krauthammer, William Safire, Fred
Barnes .". Now all of them emerged as advocates of the War Party.

Bill White[4] followed the fates of people of Sobran's list: "Not only are
those names still with us, but they are in power, having snuck in under the
curtain of the Bush administration. America is no longer concerned about
Israeli infiltration of the government - instead, the American government
has become a colonial outpost of the Zionist terror-state. Norman Podhoretz,
of course, is still the war-mongering imperialist swine he always was. David
Frum is now writing the speeches that George the Second is using to take us
into war. [He penned the Axis of Evil speech]. Alan Dershowitz is now, in
the words of CBS, "tell[ing] Correspondent Mike Wallace that torture is
inevitable" [and promoting racism].

Thus, both Republicans and Democrats appear to be infiltrated, as with Gore
as the President, the War on Iraq would start even sooner. The place of the
two old parties is taken now by two new parties, the Party of Peace and the
War Party.

The Party of Peace wants to keep America out of foreign adventures,
revitalise economy, improve life of an ordinary American. A spokesman for
peace, the writer Gore Vidal, called to uphold the values of the Republic
and to reject the Imperial ambitions.

The War Party wants to turn the US into a fighting machine for alien
interests, to destroy Iraq, to seize Saudi Arabia, to reshape the Middle
East and to turn Israel into the new centre of the world. The Jewish Lobby
became the moving force of the War Party. It is not a sincere Jewish worry
about their coreligionists in the Middle East.

God knows, there are enough Jews in the Peace party as well. Noam Chomsky,
Howard Zinn and many others upheld peace and rejected the World War Three.
But organised Jewry ('the Jews' as opposed to 'Jews') chose the war hoping
to make the Jewish state the most powerful force in world politics. They
demanded a fealty oath from any politician, a promise to obey the
instructions of the Jewish Lobby, not only about marginal [for Americans]
question of Palestine, but about the central question of power in the US.
Cynthia refused it.

Cynthia McKinney became a target of the Jewish Lobby/War Party, as she was
loyal, stubborn, honest and kind. Loyal, she considered her loyalty is due
to her voters, the people of Georgia. Stubborn, Cynthia won't pledge blind
support to Israel. Honest, she won't take money from her voters' pockets and
send it to Tel Aviv. Kind woman, she won't send Georgian boys to their death
in the river valleys of Iraq and deserts of Arabia in the looming World War
Three. For an Afro-American, it makes no sense to imperil his country in war
for the sake of a state whose symbol is a barbed wire fence around the
native ghetto. It makes no sense for other candidates, as well, unless they
are hell-bent to get to power, or just bent.

Her mistake was to rely upon the Democrats. It would be better if she would
run as an Independent. Both "old parties" were made irrelevant by reliance
on one force, single-minded media network of Israel's supporters. They
should be counteracted by a new force, pro-peace, rejecting imperialism and
based on a new vision. Mercifully, people are increasingly tired of the
two-party system trap. It is time to change patterns, to form new alliances,
and to reject the old rivalries and hatred, first of all, the interracial


[1] See my Ode to Cynthia  http://www.israelshamir.net/english/ode.shtml

[2] Stephen Zunes's "Don't Blame the Jews for Cynthia McKinney's Defeat"
(Aug. 26)

[3] Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 by CommonDreams.org

A Reply to Stephen Zune's on the Jews and Cynthia McKinney's Defeat

by Edward S. Herman

[4] The Purge of Joe Sobran And The Axis Of Evil: How Letting The Neo-Cons
Gain Control Has Brought The Nation To The Brink Of War BY Bill White, on



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