Hmmm…check this out. The socialist Militant newspaper (which is no fan of Israel) has just published an article on the Walt-Mearsheimer paper titled “The myth of the ‘neocon,’ ‘Israel lobby’ conspiracy”:
These assertions about “neoconservative” and even “Jewish” control over Washington’s policies in the Mideast are fraudulent and reactionary. First, the leading figures in the alleged “neocon conspiracy” such as Wolfowitz and Feith, are no longer in the Bush administration. Second, none of the central officials responsible for Washington’s policy in Iraq—Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld—are Jewish.
The conspiracy theories, including the Jew-hating varieties, let the U.S. capitalists off the hook while promoting American nationalism. U.S. imperialism’s foreign policy, far from being hijacked by some isolated group, is controlled by and represents the interests of a class: the wealthy billionaire families who rule the United States, including both their parties, the Democrats and Republicans.
In the same breath, the Militant goes after moonbat commentator-at-large James Petras:
The article by James Petras, entitled “The Tyranny of Israel Over America,” churns out the same argument and reeks with the same anti-Semitism and American nationalism. The only difference is that Petras has long portrayed himself as a socialist and anti-imperialist….He too attributes U.S. foreign policy to the influence of “Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, and other Zioncons closely identified with Israeli intelligence.”
It’s interesting reading this, so soon after also reading Norman Markowitz’s smackdown of Walt-Mearsheimer. We’ve got ourselves a far-Left rumble going on here… On the one side, there are the Old School Marxists who see Israel merely as a tool of U.S. imperialsm and who view diatribes about Jewish lobbies and zionist neocons as classic examples of using racial politics to distract attention from the larger “class struggle.” On the other side, you’ve got the noueveau anti-imperialist moonbats like James Petras.
So, am I rooting for the Marxists here? Eh, no thanks. As Kissinger said about the Iran-Iraq War, “it’s too bad they can’t both lose.” Still, I can’t help but feel somewhat gratified whenever I see members of any ideological movement make an effort to distance themselves from their judeophobic fellow travellers.