By now the media and the Web are full of the reports of the influence "nefarious" Israel Lobby, which have appeared in every major journal, together with insistent whining that this "secret" story cannot be published anywhere because of the nefarious workings of the Israel Lobby. So everyone knows that the "Zionists" are all powerful, and that the "Zionists try to shut up anyone who "dares to tell the truth" about our "secret cabal."
Less well publicized is the extensive lobby of Arab countries and Palestinians, who together spend far more money on lobbying and influence buying in the US and in other countries then do Israel and the Zionist organizations. Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Iran (and in the past, Iraq of course) spent billions in direct lobbying, endowment of "Middle East" and "Arab studies" institutes and on groups like the American Iranian Council. The Palestinians fund groups like Sabeel, the Palestinian Solidarity Movement and the Neturei Karteh. Big oil companies also lobby the US government to protect their interests in the Persian Gulf. The result is that US has spent far more money in propping up the rickety Gulf regimes than it ever spent on Israel. Long before the Iraq war, the US Seventh fleet in the Gulf and US soldiers in Saudi Arabia were costing US taxpayers as much as $10 billion a year according to Fuad Ajami. You don't hear about it in any studies, because most of the people who should be reporting on such influence are themselves direct or indirect recipients of Arab largesse. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
The Arab and Muslim lobby in the US is far larger and more sinister than the Israel lobby. It is more sinister because the Arab countries, unlike Israel, were and are working to spread anti-US sentiment and anti-Democratic ideas, while commentators like John Esposito kept explaining to the American public that Islam is democratic, and that Islamism would evolve into democracy.
An article by Maurice Ostroff highlights some of the doings of the Arab lobby
In a note in his diary, former President Carter disclosed how, in 1977, the Arab lobby pressured him while he was involved in the negotiations between President Sadat and PM Begin. He wrote about Arab Americans "They have given all the staff, Brzezinski, Warren Christopher, and others, a hard time.Ē
After the 1967 war, the Arabian American Oil Company ARAMCO established a fund to present the Arab side of the conflict. In May 1970, ARAMCO representatives warned Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco that American military sales to Israel would hurt U.S.-Arab relations and jeopardize U.S. oil supplies.
In 1973 Mobil published an advertorial (an advertisement written in the form of an objective opinion editorial) in the New York Times, promoting Arab interests. In July, the chairman of Standard Oil of California (SOCAL then, Chevron now) sent a letter to the company's 40,000 employees and 262,000 stockholders asking them to pressure Washington to support "the aspirations of the Arab people." The chairman of Texaco called for a reassessment of U.S. Middle East policy.
When the October 1973 War broke out, the chairmen of the ARAMCO partners sent a memorandum to the White House warning against increasing military aid to Israel. ARAMCO has maintained its public relations campaign since 1973, and has become involved in occasional legislative fights, such as the AWACS sale,
... On July 19, 2005 The Hill, a newspaper about the U.S. Congress, highlighted the activities of Fred Dutton, former Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and special assistant to President Kennedy. It reported that one of Duttonís chief chores since 1975 had been to serve as a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia. In that role, he sought to persuade Congress to approve two major arms sales to the kingdom.
In an obituary to Clark Clifford (October 11, 1998), the New York Times spoke of him not only as a key adviser to four presidents, but also as a powerful lobbyist for Arab sources. In his memoir, "Counsel to the President" Clifford wrote that he advised clients ďWhat we can offer you is an extensive knowledge of how to deal with the government on your problems. We will be able to give you advice on how best to present your position to the appropriate departments and agencies of the government."
Clifford, a paid lobbyist, made about $6 million in profits from bank stock that he bought with an unsecured loan from Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). In 1978, he helped BCCI acquire First American Bank. Clifford as chairman, reassured the Federal Reserve Board that there would be no control by BCCI, which he also represented, but ten years later, evidence disclosed that BCCI did indeed secretly control the parent company of Clifford's bank. BCCI had in the meantime been accused of fraud, drug money laundering and bribing bank regulators and central bankers. It was reported to have $20 billion in assets shortly before its shutdown, but liquidators were unable to find many of its assets.
Chances are, you never knew all that, or any of the other things revealed in that article about the Arab lobby. I know I didn't. That is because there are lots of people who are interested in making certain we don't know.
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Who do you think controls the White House? Bush, Cheney, Rice and James Baker, that's who the oil companies kiss up to. Bush even likes to hold hands with King Abdullah.
Ed Katz, Monday, July 10th
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