Postmodern Imperialism: Geopol-
itics and the Great Games

G. S.  <doctorsci@gmail.com>
initial posting 25 June 2010 - last update 25 June 2011

URL: http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2011-06-25.htm

      Eric Walberg's need for acronyms [1] is not artificial, it's real. For someone like me with a dwindling memory it presents a challenge. A printed copy of the 25 abbreviations listed on pages 9 and 10 helps me avoid the endless page turning I would otherwise be forced to endure. Clarity Press (http://www.claritypress.com) deserves to have a best-seller with this compact, clear volume, a far more valuable, incisive read than Noam Chomsky's celebrated output. Walberg is trustworthy in a sense that Chomsky is not - trustworthy in that his compassion extends equally to all humans and leaves him without a "special need" to defend a particular ethnic group more than any other. Another quality that enhances Walberg's trustworthiness is his humility in facing the monumental task of unravelling the tangled skein of history. Chomsky, by way of contrast, is clearly more driven by his "special need" to defend the Jewish colonizers of Palestine in preference to the universal fundamental human need to live in dignity. Chomsky - and most American Jews who concern themselves with the matter - argue for a "kinder, gentler conquest". How do I know this? By the paucity of individuals of American Jewish ethnic background who are eagerly wringing their hands over the global sullying of Jewish identity caused by the Zionist Nazis, but are intransigent when it comes to demanding the dissolution of the Zionist state. I know all the arguments. I've heard them a million times.

      Regarding Walberg’s humility, it is unthinkable that he would exhibit the scathing contempt for anyone that Al Giordano, an avid supporter of Zioism did in his exchange with Jeffrey Blankfort. [2] I include the entire content of their last exchange because I think it is important to take account of the powerful psychological impuses that shape much of our behavior. When I first read Blankfort I was critical of his attempt to understand Chomsky's psychological impulses. I remember urging that it would be better to focus on factual matters on which he could challenge Chomsky. Since then I've come to realize that I was wrong, and that Blankfort was doing exactly what needed to be done, albeit perhaps a little more harshly than I would have done it. But that's probably because I like Noam as a person, and even when I think he should be criticized, as I do now, I prefer to do it in the least hurtful way possible. Blankfort is more hard-nosed. He insists on saying it exactly as he sees it. That's good if getting at the truth is what we really want.

NOTES
[1] Acronyms — Walberg’s list of 25, and a few others he didn’t bother to include. To view, http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2011-06-25a.doc .

[2] Giordano-Blankfort exchange. I recommend spending the short time it takes to read it in its entirety because of the insight it affords to the psychology of a committed supporter of Zionism who is, not coincidentally, succored on Zionist money. It is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-03-06.htm .
    If you have the time and interest to read Blankfort's three major studies of Chomsky's role regarding the U.S. and the Palestinian-Zionist conflict, I think you will find them unusually informative, hard-hitting. They are
1. The Israel Lobby and the Left: Uneasy Questions, January 2003. http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2005-04-10.htm
2. War for Israel, January 2004
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2005-04-14.htm
3. Damage Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict, December 2004
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2005-04-30.htm

Sketch for a humane resolution of the Palestine/Israel conflict. http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2010-11-13.htm

 


George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.
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