Sadly, Noam's malevolent influence continues to ruin (or here) discussion of the problems of the Middle East. You know the drill: the American Establishment, particularly Big Oil, is actually behind the actions of Israel and the Lobby. Thus, the only way to fix the problems of the Middle East is to overturn the American Establishment. Since that's not going to happen, we have to leave all the peoples of the Middle East, and for that matter the world, to the mercies of the psychopathic JIZ.
As James Petras has pointed out, this is utter nonsense, and obviously so. You have only to look at the deal American Oil got from Libya without a war, and compare it to Iraq, where American Oil now must watch China and Iran develop the Iraqi oil fields. The JIZ control the complete terms of the debate, and anybody even suggesting some sanity is slurred and thus silenced. Noam's tautology that since the elites control everything, everything that happens must be the work of the elites, only applies to an empire on the rise. In a crumbling empire, like the American Empire, the elites lose complete control of the agenda, often to a parasitic group like the Jews. That's exactly what happened here. The American Establishment, useless trust fund kiddies or big swinging dicks single-mindedly trying to make every cent out of the phony American economic boom, wasn't paying attention until it was too late.
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