Posted: December 30th, 2009 by Militant Libertarian
Mili Note: I’ve run a handful of stories lately dealing with Israel, Zionism, and similar topics. For this, I’ve received emails from people railing on me for being anti-Semitic or being anti-Israel (the same thing in their minds), or being somehow otherwise racist. I thought I’d write out my thoughts on Zionism and what is is and isn’t.
To sum it up, Zionism is basically neo-colonialism and empire based on falsehoods.
Certain factions of neo-con-like politicos have seized the Jewish people’s general cohesiveness, their recent modern past, and world sympathy (and guilt) over the Holocaust. They’ve used those things to build an empire based on world domination through politics and resource control. In short, all of the Bankster Elites (the Rothschilds, Warburgs, et al) are Zionists. Most of the real power elites are as well, down to the mid-level management types like those people we pretend represent us in Washington.
In short, Zionism does not equal Judaism and many anti-Zionists are themselves Jews. The below article does a good job of spelling that out, so I’m reprinting it rather than re-invent the wheel.
On another note: I’m amazed how many people are willing to send me email (hate mail or kudos), but no one really comments on articles here. Strange, that. You can comment totally anonymously. If you email me, I can find out who you are if I wanted to. Funny.
Defining Zionism is no easy task, as there are a lot of misconceptions about what the word really means.
The dictionary (Dictionary.com) defines it thus:
- “Modern Zionism is concerned with the support and development of the state of Israel.”
–Dictionary.com, “(Modern) Zionism”
Seems pretty simple. Right?
Well, the word “Zionism” has a lot of connotations to it that go beyond that simple definition.
Those connotations mainly revolve around the Jewish religion and ethnic culture.
The term “Zionist” has become almost synonymous with the word “Jew” in our culture, making it difficult to oppose political Zionism without being labeled an anti-semite.
This disconnect has added an emotional tag to the purely political movement that is Zionism.
Whether that tag was inserted on purpose, conspiratorially, or as an uncontrolled social phenomenon is a matter of debate as well, but is not the point here.
Regardless, Zionism is a political movement that happens to be centered around a specific culture.
That does not make Zionism equal to that culture, however.
No one would claim that all Republicans are fascists, for instance, just because a subset of them advocate fascist concepts—and be serious about the claim, anyway.
THE DEFINITION OF ZIONISM EXPLAINED
There are two aspects to Zionism that are important to include in any conversation on the subject. The first, of course, is the political movement that started before the turn of the century and culminated in the creation of the State of Israel in Palestine. That political subject now (aka “Modern Zionism”) has evolved into a discussion of the policies of the State of Israel.
The other aspect is the cultural phenomena that surround Zionism itself. Besides the political creation of Israel and the ethnic connections the word has, there are also the highly-charged emotional and almost fanatical religious beliefs that surround the idea of Zionism as well.
All of these things come together to define Zionism as we see it today, much of it driven by several of the factors mentioned herein. On the flip side of that coin, many people who are anti-Zionists are also fanatically obsessed with anti-semitic thought. These people feed directly into the notion that Zionism is equal to Judaism.
DEFINITION OF ZIONISM AS AN AMERICAN POLITICAL PHENOMENON
In the United States, Zionism takes on a whole new set of baggage. Christian fundamentalists in America have a large group following that believes that Zionism (the creation of a Jewish State or Israel) is not only prophesied in the Bible, but that it must happen in order for Armageddon and the rapture to come to pass.
This has lead to a large corps of unexpected support for the Zionist cause. On another front, the Israeli lobby (aka AIPAC) is extremely strong and well-funded in the U.S. The United States government gives unprecedented and, to most people, unquestioning support to the State of Israel. This support is a bone of contention in all U.S. foreign policy, but is never changed.
Currently, the U.S. government gives about 1/3 of its total foreign aid to Israel. Through direct cash handouts to military supplies and information to loans that are later written off as grants, the United States gives more to Israel than we do to the entire continent of Africa, the whole of South America, and more.
DEFINITION OF ZIONISM IN WORLD AFFAIRS
Finally, the world seems to almost entirely oppose the State of Israel and its actions on both military and political foreign relations fronts. Israel is accused of war crimes, genocide, theft and bribery, ignorance of diplomacy, breaking treaties, and more. Without wavering, the United States backs up Israel in every argument.
Even to the point of using our special veto power in the United Nations to shut down anti-Israeli measures. Almost all politicians of any size in the U.S. receive funding, donations, and support from AIPAC. None dare oppose them for fear of political ruination and being labeled “anti-semitic.”
All of this ads up to an unprecedented amount of control over politics, political discussion, cultural aspects (as related to Zion), and more in the name of Zionism.