Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Nam et ipsa scientia potesta est - - Knowledge Is Power
Francis Bacon

It is naive to believe that our elections reflect the will of the citizens of the United States. Whether ill-informed or wrongly-informed or subverted, our votes have little meaning. Neither is it true that our government acts at our direction or in our best interests. The words of President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address - "...government of the people, by the people, for the people..." - are no longer fundamental.

The Declaration Of Independence
The Constitution Of The United States

We are not blameless. Bombarded by misinformation and the stresses of our individual lives, citizens have largely capitulated our responsibilities. We have become "sheeple." But neither are we completely at fault.

Nearly every aspect of our lives, including the news that we are fed, is corporate controlled and self-serving. The Internet provides a broad spectrum of information, yes, but computers and ISPs are expensive and the technology is confusing to many and the mere abundance of Net news can be overwhelming. In spite of this, the fact that people are flocking to blogs demonstrates a desire to know.

As example of misinformation insofar as Israel in particular and the Mideast in general are concerned, our most readily available news media are hugely influenced by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The reach of AIPAC's public relations on behalf of Israel into European news outlets is less prevalent than it is in America. Worse for us, to speak against what is presented can get one labeled anti-Semitic...a good tactic to stop questions and end debate.

Here is a list of the major Jewish organizations in the United States.
The Conference Of Presidents Of Major American Jewish Organizations is described as the "central coordinating body representing 52 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern." Since 1986 the president of this central body is Malcolm Hoenlein. An interview he recently gave to Haaretz can be read here.

AIPAC does not represent the views of many Jewish Americans. A very good article (Tikkun, a Jewish publication) that mentions Mr. Hoenlein, but speaks more about the opinions of individual American Jews regarding Israel can be found here.

Israel Spurns UN Call For
Israel Frees Aljazeera Bureau