Just a reminder to my fellow members. As threads like these wind their way along, views are exchanged, opinions are expressed, possibilities are
explored and now and then, derailments occur.
It's never a bad idea to remember where it all started, and for convenience, here's a link to The Beginning:
Harvard Study Finds Pro-Israel Lobby Influences U.S. Foreign Policy
Let's not forget that this is where the discussion began, and what it should be about. There are already many
threads that talk about Israel
, and even
, but this thread has
the potential to be something more.
This is about the influence of the Pro-Israel Lobby on U.S. foreign policy. Not the history of Israel, not other ATSers, and not ZogZog.
What Is The Matrix?
I'm withholding personal opinion on this topic because I don't want to introduce conflict-of-interest issues. However, as both a member and a
moderator I want to reemphasize that I think this is a very
important topic, and one which I consider to be at the heart of what the true
"conspiracy theorist" spirit is all about.
This study alleges that, in effect, Israel, a foreign country, is strongly influencing U.S. foreign policy to the detriment of both
strong-arm tactics to do it. Among the tactics alleged is that of essentially silencing and defaming anyone who calls attention to these tactics.
In other words, a cover-up. A conspiracy!
Is it true?
That's what I would like to know.
Through The Looking Glass
While all members are free to express whatever opinions they wish (within the limits of the
, of course), in this thread, I am very interested in finding out more about
these specific allegations, and how much truth there may be to them.
Some members have already contributed some excellent insights and well-informed opinions. However, I think there is much more to this story.
I'm trying not to over-moderate this thread (oops! too late), but at the same time, I think it's important that it not run off-track and into the
dustbin of ATS history.
This inquiry has not reached the bottom of the rabbit hole yet. Many tantalizing questions surrounding this story remain unanswered.
I encourage all members who share my interest in finding out the truth about this subject to search where your intuition and interest may lead you,
and challenge you to make a definitive case for or against the validity of this study.
Do so, and you can rightly claim to Deny Ignorance!
[edit on 4/12/2006 by Majic]