Monday, April 17, 2006

The United State of Israelamerica

The problem with the Israel Lobby thesis for people like Chomsky is that they cannot conceive of a situation where a predominant country would allow things to be run in a way which doesn’t benefit the interests of its elites.  Chomsky’s rejection of the Lobby thesis in the face of what has to be considered to be overwhelming evidence entails that his whole view of the world is unfalsifiable, and is thus without real content.  It has become clear that Chomsky defines whatever the United States does as being done by and for American elite groups, and thus his thesis is trivial.  No evidence can possibly disprove it.

We should probably start to consider the entity involved as one federal country known as the United State of Israelamerica.  The country consists of two parts, the state known as the United States of America, and the state known as the State of Israel.  As is the case in most federations, each state has its own laws, legal system, electoral system and legislature.  The federal level of government is run by a corporatist elite group which consists of American Christian and Jewish Zionists, and American politicians who front for these groups, who take instruction from the government of Israel, and run the policies of the federation with respect to the Middle East almost entirely in the interests of the State of Israel.  The federation closely resembles the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a federation with two separate parliaments which was run by an Austrian Emperor largely, but not entirely, in the interests of the Austrian part.

The new federation is not old, but came into being around the time of the selection of Bush as American President by the U. S. Supreme Court.  It is currently run by a group which holds Israeli interests as being more important than American interests, but that could, of course, change.  The newness of the federation explains why analysis of the American-Israeli relationship which considers history from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s is almost completely irrelevant.

Besides all the evidence of the power of the Lobby, the most striking evidence of the new country is Bush’s unilateral promise (or here) of the use of American ‘military might’ to protect Israel (see also here and here):

“But now that I'm on Iran, the threat to Iran, of course, the threat from Iran is, of course, their stated objective to destroy our strong ally Israel. That's a threat, a serious threat. It's a threat to world peace; it's a threat, in essence, to a strong alliance. I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally, Israel.”

I’ve heard of mutual defense pacts, and of countries threatening military attacks to enforce their ‘sphere of influence’.  This is a new one.  What kind of dominant country makes a unilateral offer of protection involving its full military capabilities?  What kind of dominant country sends its troops to die solely in the interests of protecting another country?  The answer is that Israel is now one part  – the dominant part – of the United State of Israelamerica, and is entitled to protection from its federal partner in exactly the same way that the residents of Maine can expect protection from soldiers from California when the inevitable attack on Maine from Canada occurs.