Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Pushing us into War

The Lobby exists and is pushing us into war with Iran.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) ... has also been pushing hard on Capitol Hill for legislation to promote regime change. Despite White House objections, the group has sought tough sanctions against foreign companies with investments in Iran.

"This bill has been pushed almost entirely by AIPAC," noted Trita Parsi, a Middle East expert at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) here. " I don't see any other major groups behind this legislation that have had any impact on it."

Similarly, the American Jewish Committee (AJC), whose leadership is considered slightly less hawkish than AIPAC, has taken out full-page ads in influential U.S. newspapers since last week entitled "A Nuclear Iran Threatens All" depicting radiating circles on an Iran-centered map to show where its missiles could strike.

Jim Lobe


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The increasing influence of AIPAC on US foreign policy - and American public sentiement - has the real threat of commiting the US to a war it cannot win and should not be fighting. It is an absurd concept that a country of only 5 million people (Israel) commands the amount of world attention, resources and deaths it has garnered. The real difficulty is their success in branding anyone who is ani-Israel foreign policy an anti-semite - thereby eliminating (at least in this country) much needed dialogue on these matters.

4/19/2006 09:24:00 AM  

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