Goodbye to the Oil Weapon (JEWISH PRESS) By:Vic Rosenthal 05/20/12)
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Israel’s ambassador to to the US, Michael Oren, recently asked “what
happened to Israel’s reputation?” He compared the picture of Israel
presented by a Life Magazine article in 1973 with that in today’s
media, and asked why — given the real sacrifices that Israel has made
to buy the ‘peace’ that the Arabs aren’t selling — Israel is
consistently vilified. Oren’s answer was correct, but incomplete:
It began with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s 1974 speech to the U.N.,
when he received a standing ovation for equating Zionism with racism—
a view the U.N. General Assembly endorsed the following year. It
gained credibility on college campuses through anti-Israel courses
and “Israel Apartheid Weeks.” It burgeoned through the boycott of
Israeli scholars, artists and athletes, and the embargo of Israeli
products. It was perpetuated by journalists who published doctored
photos and false Palestinian accounts of Israeli massacres.
Actually, it began in the 1960′s, when the PLO — supposedly under the
tutelage of the KGB — recast its message, presenting the vicious
terrorist movement as a struggle for national liberation of an
oppressed people, the ‘Palestinians’.
Liberals in the US, guilty about the racist mistreatment of black
Americans, and Europeans suffering pangs of Holocaust guilt, ate this
up. But while the trope was effective, it didn’t spread all by
itself. It was nurtured (lubricated?) by one thing over all: Islamic
This was manifest in numerous ways. The “oil weapon” itself was
viciously exploited in 1973 to strike a massive blow at Western
economies and influence the West to force Israel to give up the
territories conquered in 1967, a theme that has become embedded in US
and European policy ever since. Of course “Israeli intransigence”
was blamed for the pain.
A more subtle tactic was the creation of a hostile environment on
American university campuses. Surplus Saudi dollars, tens of millions
of them, are funding “Middle East Studies” departments at our most
prestigious universities, staffed almost 100% by anti-Israel
academics. There is also money from the Gulf Emirates and Iranian
sources dedicated to this project.
Another use of oil money is for preemptive bribery of government
officials, who are given to understand that if they behave properly
while in office, they will be richly rewarded when they leave. Jimmy
Carter is a well-known example, but there are many more.
Europe has been more addicted to Middle Eastern oil than the US,
whose biggest source of imported oil is actually Canada. And their
behavior in the face of pressure has been correspondingly more craven.
But this is about to change. And since the despotic regimes that rule
the oil-producing countries — especially the Saudis — have done
little with their windfall to develop alternate sources of income,
they are going to have big problems as their monopoly erodes.
This is happening today. Dore Gold explains that new sources of oil
and gas found in the US, Canada and South America are expected to
make the Western Hemisphere energy self-sufficient by 2030. Even
Israel has new sources of natural gas. And the rest of the world’s
energy supply will no longer be hostage to the Mideast-dominated OPEC
So at long last we can say goodbye to the ‘oil weapon’ and to the use
of surplus oil money to buy politicians and academics.
Middle Eastern nations, economies and cultures will have to stand or
fall on their own. Which do you think Westerners will favor then —
the kingdoms and dictatorships where misogyny, slavery and
exploitation flourish, or the one really democratic state in the
Originally published at http://fresnozionism.org/2012/05/goodbye-to-
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