August 27, 2014
Paul Craig Roberts
The United States, wallowing in arrogance and hubris, pretends to be “the world’s sole superpower,” the “exceptional and indispensable nation” chosen by history to exercise hegemony over the world. In truth, the US is the two-bit punk puppet of the Israel Lobby. If the Zionist government orders Washington to eat dog excrement, Washington eats it.
Not even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Military could get the facts acknowledged that Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which made casualties of most of the crew, was not a “mistake,” but the intentional act of destruction of a US Navy vessel and its crew.
Not even state universities in the hinterlands of America are independent of the Israel Lobby, which can determine tenure and hiring decisions independently of the decisions of faculty and deans.
Thanks to the cowardice and integrity deficit of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor Phyllis Wise, Professor Steven Salaita is the latest victim of the Israel Lobby. Salaita was a tenured professor at Virginia Tech. He resigned his position to accept a job offered to him by the University of Illinois only to find that the chancellor, with no basis whatsoever in law for her decision, told him that she, and she alone, “revoked” his job offer.
Why did Phyllis Wise allow her university to make a job offer to Steven Salatia that caused him to resign his tenured position at a distinguished academic institution where I once taught in order to accept the Illinois offer and then pull the rug out from under Salatia?
One possible explanation is that Phyllis Wise is a totally irresponsible person devoid of all integrity who is too stupid to comprehend the expensive violation of contract lawsuit that Wise has brought to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How does a person so devoid of humanity, integrity, and common sense get appointed to be chancellor of an academic institution? Yes, I know, we can ask the same question about the president of the US and the chairmen of the “banks too big to fail,” and the CEOs of American companies who offshore and outsource American jobs to the detriment of the US economy.
Another possible explanation is that Wise was paid money by the Israel Lobby.
Another possible explanation is that the Israel Lobby had its Jewish graduates from Illinois at Urbana-Champaign threaten Wise with the loss of donations.
Only investigation can ascertain which of these explanations, or some other, could be the truth. For now all we have is a gratuitous personal attack on Salatia by Wise.
What did Salatia do that caused the Israel Lobby to force Wise to destroy her reputation along with that of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Salatia criticized, as have I and millions of decent people all over the world who have a moral conscience, the Zionist Israelis for their theft and murder of Palestinians. In fact, Salatia is more restrained in his criticism of the Zionist government than many Israelis themselves and the outstanding Israeli newspaper, Haaratz, the voice of conscience in a land without conscience.