January 7th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Mearsheimer + Walt: "Israel's false friends" (L.A. TIMES)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
In the LOS ANGELES TIMES op-ed transmitted below. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who are true friends of both the United States of America and the Jewish State, shine their habitually bright and courageous light on an "inconvenient truth" about American presidential candidates -- and, indeed, about the entire American political class -- which has had, and can be expected to continue to have, a catastrophic effect on America, the Jewish State, the Palestinian people and the world.
For those of you who have only read Mearsheimer and Walt's pathbreaking London Review of Books article, I strongly recommend their book.



Israel's false friends


U.S. presidential candidates aren't doing the Jewish state any favors by offering unconditional support.


By John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt

Los Angeles Times

January 6, 2008




Once again, as the presidential campaign season gets underway, the leading candidates are going to enormous lengths to demonstrate their devotion to the state of Israel and their steadfast commitment to its "special relationship" with the United States.


Each of the main contenders emphatically favors giving Israel extraordinary material and diplomatic support -- continuing the more than $3 billion in foreign aid each year to a country whose per capita income is now 29th in the world. They also believe that this aid should be given unconditionally. None of them criticizes Israel's conduct, even when its actions threaten U.S. interests, are at odds with American values or even when they are harmful to Israel itself. In short, the candidates believe that the U.S. should support Israel no matter what it does.


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Chris Keeley

Graham Fuller: "A World Without Islam" (FOREIGN POLICY)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is the cover story in the current issue of FOREIGN POLICY (Washington) -- "A World Without Islam" by Graham Fuller, former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.
In forwarding this article to me, Graham described it as "an exercise in historical imagination".
It is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and sophisticated exercise which, hopefully, some readers of FOREIGN POLICY may find enlightening.




Jan-Feb 2008


What if Islam had never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: No clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. Would Christianity have taken over the world? Would the Middle East be a peaceful beacon of democracy? Would 9/11 have happened? In fact, remove Islam from the path of history, and the world ends up pretty much where it is today.



By Graham E. Fuller
Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA in charge of long-range strategic forecasting. He is currently adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is the author of numerous books about the Middle East, including The Future of Political Islam (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

Imagine, if you will, a world without Islam. admittedly an almost inconceivable state of affairs given its charged centrality in our daily news headlines. Islam seems to lie behind a broad range of international disorders: suicide attacks, car bombings, military occupations, resistance struggles, riots, fatwas, jihads, guerrilla warfare, threatening videos, and 9/11 itself. "Islam" seems to offer an instant and uncomplicated analytical touchstone, enabling us to make sense of today's convulsive world. Indeed, for some neoconservatives, "Islamofascism" is now our sworn foe in a looming "World War III".

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