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Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power Paperback – December 1, 2008
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"James Petras is #59 in its list of America's 100 most influential liberals (ahead of Noam Chomsky and Stephen Colbert)"--The UK Daily Telegraph
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Dr. Petras cuts to the heart of the issues and completely dissects the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) in America. He ranges from the authentic reasons the U.S. is occupying Iraq, proving it has nothing to do with oil, to the pro-Israel groups and institutions that permeate American society and culture. Coming under especially harsh criticism is the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO) and its propaganda newsletter "Daily Alert." Without fail PMAJO parrots every press briefing and talking point that emanates from Tel Aviv, regardless of how many Palestinian civilians are butchered in the process or malnourished in the Gaza concentration camp.
Petras goes on to demonstrate that Mearsheimer and Walt were too tepid in their criticism of the pro-Israel lobby and failed to address the entire Zionist power apparatus in the United States by only focusing on a small piece of it. Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power explains that Israeli mouthpieces and Jewish apologists for Zionism wield strength in a much more over-arching manner. Not only are the big metropolitan areas (The Apple, LA, Miami, Chicago) inundated with bullies and cheerleaders who harass, boycott, browbeat and intimidate anybody or any institution that has the chutzpah to level an intelligent critique about Israeli violence and Zionist power, but also small and local communities across the country face the same intimidation tactics. The ZPC has a stranglehold that is powerful yet relatively invisible to most. Though of course they're not omnipotent.Read more ›
Petras does a great job in detailing the different influences that the Zionism lobbies in Washington and around the country exert on our Government, media and economy.
This is terrifying to know but a MUST read for every American, who loves his/her country.
Unlike many who would simply rue the disproportionate impact of the Israeli lobby on U.S. policy, Petras gives the names of individuals and organizations who have used their stature and status in ways that promote Israel interests but that may or may not promote equivalent U.S. interests.
While Israeli interests do often juxtapose with U.S. interests, sometimes they are in conflict. In his narrative, Petras cites concrete examples where the latter is the case. He uses a scary term, "Fifth Column," to warn that there are times when Israeli interests not only do not match but collide with and contradict U.S. interests.
Whether the more correct term is "militarist Zionists" or "Zionist militarists," the disproportionate influence of AIPAC, the ADL and others has often skewed U.S. foreign and defense policy in ways that counter evenhandedness in foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East.
Petras uses the term ZPC (Zionist Power Configuration) to describe the outsize influence of these organizations. Sadly, there have been personal attacks that rise to the level of character assassination upon selected individuals, when such individuals have advocated for ideas that run in a different direction. Among the victims of such are former Representatives Paul Findley, R-IL, and Cynthia McKinney, D-GA, along with former President Jimmy Carter. The two former members of Congress may have been defeated as a result of militarist Zionistic efforts that went so far as to slander them as anti-Semitic, a blatantly false charge done for purely political reasons.Read more ›
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I got this book because a friend said you really need to learn more about our countries different views and political powers. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by bookworm9
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This review is about a very personal experience. That Zionism has a firm grip on mainstream western corporate news media via its Zionist Power Configuration (ZPG) is no longer a... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Tom
I just wanted to point out that the points brought out in the book stand or fall on their own merit and that there is no need to introduce " The Protocols" into the discussion. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Book Hound
Is anyone brave enough to mention the Kennedy assassination in any of these books? That would seem to be the most obvious example of how the state of Israel and Mossad have been... Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Real Director
Dr. James Petras has written a powerful book. Running contrary to the popular image of Israel, its American supporters, and the consequences for US Mideast policy, Prof. Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Joseph Elias
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