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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Who Is James Baker? -- Part 2

Funny, isn't it, that so-called "leftists" like edward said and chomsky --and assorted and sundry Communists, Trotskyists, and left-over New Leftists-- have views on Israel and advocate policies on Israel similar to those advocated by Establishment pillars like jimmy carter & Jim Baker? In the course of the anti-Israel struggle, hired academics --like Walt & Mearsheimer-- falsely claim that Israel has been supported by the US government from the beginning. This is very misleading. In fact, there has been a dispute or struggle over Israel policy within various branches of the US Government since before Israel became a state. The State Department was hostile to Zionism and to Israeli statehood before Israeli independence on 15 May 1948, in tune with its British allies and cothinkers. In fact, neither the British nor the United States governments gave effective aid to the Jews during the Holocaust. The gas chambers and crematoria and the railroad tracks leading to the camps were not bombed by the Allies, neither the UK, nor the US, nor the Communist USSR. See previous posts on BBC policy and the British pro-Arab policy during the war on this blog.

Here we continue quoting Michel Gurfinkiel's article on James Baker's background, including observations on US policy towards Israel over the years:
In the eyes of the oil businessmen and their friends, the American support for Israel was a nuisance, a "mistake": the new state "interposed itself" in effect between the American and Arab "natural partners." The other considerations --the survival of the Jewish people, the geopolitical dangers linked to Arab nationalism or militant Islam did not touch them.
To be sure, the largest segment of the American leadership class shared this analysis in the 1940s and 1950s, including the "wise men" of the immediate post-war era (George Marshall, John Forrestal, Dean Acheson, Averell Harriman, George Kennan, Charles Bohlen, etc.). Truman by-passed them by ordering the American representative. . . [to the UN] to vote for the partition of Palestine into two states on 29 November 1947, then by recognizing Israel on 14 May 1948.
In other words, Truman overruled the State Department and other official agencies by his support for Israel. Today, the facts are overwhelmed by lies sponsored by the "left" and by establishment hired pens [like Walt & Mearsheimer]. This is how history is falsified for the sake of policy.
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Source: one source among many: Joseph Schechtman, The United States and the Jewish State Movement: The Crucial Decade, 1939-1949 (New York: Thomas Yoseloff 1966)
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Coming: more on Baker, more on Jews in Jerusalem, peace follies, etc.

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