Over the last week or so I’ve engaged in some vibrant email exchanges with some of the most prominent movers and shakers in the 9/11 skeptics community, most of whom are reluctant to emphasize the Israeli dimension of 9/11. While I would not publish the private correspondences of others without their permission, I thought some readers might like to appraise what I had to say.
By Joshua Blakeney STAFF WRITER
I wrote this in response to two 9/11 academics who had taken issue with me distinguishing between different states (i.e. the U.S. and Israel):
Thank you both for your responses. Here’s my two-penneth; I agree that attempting to discuss politics based on ethnic or religious distinctions is usually misguided (although the various groups which constitute the ‘Israel Lobby’ are almost totally motivated by ethnic and religious based ideologies and imperatives). But it gets more tricky when it comes to analyzing the interface between states. I think we do need to recognize that the U.S. and Israel are two different, autonomous, sovereign states whose interests often differ markedly in the Middle East. It is commonly held in international relations theory that states act in their own interests.
This is the so called “realist” school of thought. What many scholars, such as Walt and Mearsheimer, James Petras, Jonathan Cook, Stephen Sniegoski, Virginia Tilley and others, have observed is that due to the influence of a foreign state, Israel, the U.S. often acts against its interests in the Middle East. This geopolitical reality has garnered a great deal of attention from political scientists because U.S. policy in the Middle East often falsifies “realist” theory. The neoconservatives and those partisan to Israel have invested much energy and money trying to persuade the U.S. elite and U.S. electorate to view Israel’s priorities as its priorities.
One of you contended that it is better to view the world through a horizontal lens (people vs. power, oppressed vs. oppressor) rather than through a vertical lens (i.e. distinguishing between states or ethnic groups); I think we need a bit of both. Could we call this a diagonal lens? It is true that there is overlap in the intelligence community between MI5, MI6, CIA, Mossad, ISI etc. But they are not the SAME agencies with the same goals ALL of the time. The goals of those agencies converge at some points and diverge at others. Israel has a long history of spying on the U.S., infiltrating its government with agents and has even attacked the U.S. on several occasions (1954, 1967, 9/11??) often evoking the wrath of those in the higher echelons of the CIA as well as the Brzezinski faction who are schooled in the “realist” mindset of prioritizing U.S. imperial interests over those of Israel. You should check out Brzezinski’s criticism of the neoconservative movement. A good example of the U.S. putting its interests over Israel’s in the Middle East was the Gulf War of 1991 where Bush senior successfully secured Kuwaiti oil and then withdrew WITHOUT deposing Saddam Hussein. Bush, as an oil man, wanted to return to the status quo ante of stability in the Middle East rather than create the kind of ethnic and religious civil war which we’ve seen since 2003. For doing so, Bush senior angered the neoconservatives, angered Israel lobbyists (who began supporting his opponents) and angered the government of Israel. Israel always hated Saddam because he was one of the only regional threats and he supported the Palestinian resistance. This is why in Iran-Contra we see Israel channeling weapons to Iran. A strong Iran attacking Iraq was good for Israel. What we’ve seen since 9/11 is the putting of Israel’s interests over those of the U.S. non-Israelcentric elite.
I feel in the 9/11 truth movement there has been a failure to engage with the scholarship which provides evidence to suggest that the war against Iraq and the broader ‘war on terror’ was primarily waged at the behest of a Likudnik faction. This essay by Walt and Mearsheimer ignited the whole debate in 2006 and many scholars have discussed and debated the issue since.
During my undergraduate degree in Sociology James Petras’s scholarship was required reading. Thus, I was surprised when I read his books on the Israel/Palestine conflict to see that he explicitly lays most of the blame for the ‘war on terror’ on what he identifies as the “Zionist Power Configuration.” This is pretty forthright coming from a scholar held in such high regard by establishment academics.
If I am barking up the wrong tree (as alleged by one professor) I would appreciate some further debate, discussion etc. In these recent emails I’ve been hoping to edify 9/11 Studies by bringing my own readings and understanding of geopolitics to the discussion. To repeat, I think it is important we understand 9/11 and the 9/11 wars in the correct context.
I wrote this to one prominent 9/11 academic:
Thank you for your response. I appreciate you taking the time to write back to me.
Firstly, I felt that Professor X’s attempt to discredit Dr. Kevin Barrett’s vast and extensive oeuvre based on his alleged views about events in 1930s and 1940s Europe (a subject which neither I nor I suspect Prof. X are experts in) was intellectually disrespectful and thus beneath my contempt. I do believe that Dr. Barrett’s contribution to the quest for 9/11 truth has been indispensable. You are welcome to attempt to persuade me otherwise, although I doubt you would be able to.
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