Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the insightful Ambassador Freeman

I've mentioned the work of former Ambassador Charles Freeman before when he wrote of the fallacy of Israel being a strategic ally for the United States.

He has recently presented a trenchant lecture that is available for viewing below (or reading, transcript is beneath the video here).

Some outstanding excerpts:

...the spiritual descendants of Jews who left Palestine assert a religious duty to dispossess the biological descendants of those who chose to remain.

Ironically, Israel - conceived as a refuge and guarantee against European anti-Semitism - has become the sole conceivable stimulus to its revival and globalization. Demonstrably, Israel has been bad for the Palestinians. It is turning out also to be bad for the Jews.

A people without rights confronts a settler movement without scruples. A predatory state with cutting-edge military technology battles kids with stones and resistance fighters with belts of nails and explosives.

The United States is now so closely identified with the Jewish state that Americans cannot escape perceived complicity with any and all of its actions, whether we agree or disagree with them.

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