Comment on Sanctions on Iran, and Israel/Palestine. Israel's grip on US Middle East Policy.
Mr. Rosenberg is correct. AIPAC is a danger for the US and its ability to have a constructive foreign policy not just in the Middle East but in the world. This Israeli hold on US policy is very dangerous for us in Europe too.
Alas, Israel's hard line governments are actually endangering "Israel's right to exist" by blocking enlightened US foreign policy. In what was once called the "War against Terrorism", far more important than military action, is the need to undermine the motives for "jihadism". And the only way to do that is to cure the Israel/Palestine running sore on the international body.
Even today after the hugely increased hatreds caused by the Iraq invasion, Guantanamo, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, rendition etc. etc., the treatment of the Palestinians remains no. 1 motive for moderate Muslims to oppose the West ("clash of civilisations") and for young Muslims to support Al Qaeda and co. in countries around the world. But AIPAC and Mossad oppose any real move towards justice for the Palestnians. All this plays into the hands of the present Iranian Government.
Gasoline sanctions could - as many observers point out - be disastous and prove just what Ahmedinejad wants to galvanise the Iranian people behind him and HIS "neo-conservatives" (yes- that's what the Islamic Republic's extremists are). He is deliberately throwing down the gauntlet - and it is folly for the West to pick it up.
We who want to see a new era of intenrational cooperatio, need to be enlightened friends of both Israel and of Iran - despite their non-cooperative confrontational
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