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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

AIPAC gives Sharon the Bombs away! sign

Where's Frantz Fanon when you need him? Who better than the author of Les damnés de la terre to analyse the pitiful spectacle of the béni-oui-ouis of the colonised doing ritual obeisance before their colonial masters?

Unless the Post was seriously fibbing, the mob at the AIPAC conference saw Olympic-standard fawning from leading pols who had conveniently forgotten the apparent part played by the organisation in betraying the country to which its members nominally owe allegiance.

FBI investigation? What's one of those?

Candidates for humiliation were drawn from both sides of the aisle: a luncheon "debate"...Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and informal administration foreign policy adviser Richard N. Perle tried to one-up each other in pro-Israel views

More pro-Israel than Perle? Not even Sharon manages that!

How did the tourney go? Those of a sensititive disposition should avert their eyes:
Perle drew cheers for denouncing Palestinian anti-Semitism and the French. Harman mentioned that an aide once worked for AIPAC, called her audience "very sophisticated" and celebrated Yasser Arafat's death as "a blessing." Debating a hard-liner in front of a pro-administration crowd, Harman heaped praise on President Bush, calling the Iraqi elections "sensationally impressive" and moving to "applaud" or "commend" Perle and the administration a dozen times. "Richard is right, and so is President Bush," she said at one point.

But after half an hour of this, Harman could not keep up. Perle provoked cheers from the crowd when he favored a military raid on Iran, saying that "if Iran is on the verge of a nuclear weapon, I think we will have no choice but to take decisive action." When Harman said the "best short-term option" is the U.N. Security Council, the crowd reacted with boos.

The UN Security Council?!

Now, the piece doesn't say how many cheered; perhaps those in favour of provoking regional war are merely stronger-lunged than their colleagues; perhaps the refreshment served with lunch made some - light-headed.


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