John Birch Society Publication Pushes Pro-Israel Schizophrenia

Brandon Martinez / Non-Aligned Media

The “anti-globalist” John Birch Society (JBS) and its The New American online and print publication have been promoting a confused mishmash of nationalism, constitutionalism, anti-globalism, and kosher conservatism.

Champions of American sovereignty and an “Amexit” from internationalist bodies like the UN and NATO, the JBS writing staff are mostly good in what they advocate: a reversion back to constitutionalist principles, secure borders and a non-interventionist foreign policy. But the constitutionalist stalwarts of JBS exude an outdated Judeo-Christian bias in their publication. The JBS scribes severally miss the mark specifically when it comes to Israel and Jewish power, even if some of what they promote implicitly goes against that power structure.

The writings of Alex Newman, a frequent contributor at the New American, are particuarly pronounced in their partisanship for Jewish-Zionist interests. Newman lambasts the Obama and Bush administrations for launching wars in the Middle East on the basis that they were “unconstitutional,” but he, perhaps deliberately, avoids naming the true architects of said wars and their allegiance to Israel. The US invasion of Iraq, according to a growing number of academics and scholars, was conceived in Israel as a proxy war for that state’s hegemonic ambitions. The neocons that Newman sometimes maligns are, by and large, Zionist Jews with close ties to the Israeli government and political establishment. The most forceful advocates of and apologists for that war within the Bush administration were Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, Paul Wolfowitz, David Frum, Abram Shulsky and Eliot Cohen – all Zionist Jews with notable links to Israel. Feith in particular, the man behind the “Office of Special Plans” under Bush, the Pentagon’s propaganda clearinghouse of WMD mythology, is so shamelessly committed to Zionism that he even has a portrait of Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, hanging on the wall of his study.

Why does Newman refuse to address this important issue? A Christian-based bias for Israel is the likely answer.

In 2013 he favourably interviewed Moshe Feiglin, a radical Jewish supremacist and pro-settlement Israeli lawmaker who advocates “purifying” Israel by removing its Arab population. During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, Feiglin infamously agitated for the ‘conquest’ of Gaza and the ‘annihilation’ of all its residents who supported Hamas’ war effort. The rest of the Gaza population that would be spared from ‘extermination’ were to be herded into concentration camps before being expelled, Feiglin mused in a psychotic rant posted to Facebook.

Newman has written numerous articles with a pro-Israel slant, like this recent one calling for the US government to defund and pull-out from the UN because of its latest resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Newman bristles at the Obama administration for abstaining on that vote, which caused Netanyahu’s criminal regime serious grief. But Newman was content when Obama’s White House vetoed previous UN resolutions against Israel and recently signed a record-setting military aid package, showering Tel Aviv with $38 billion in military upgrades and funding over the next decade.

Alex Newman and Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin.
Alex Newman and Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin.

Newman’s pro-Israel editorial line is absurd and delusional. He pushes Hasbarite propaganda that Israel is a helpless, besieged underdog constantly being assailed by the UN “globalists,” when in reality Tel Aviv with the help of the West has achieved an overwhelming monopoly on nuclear, as well as conventional and unconventional, weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Its US-based lobby, AIPAC, has been in the driver’s seat of US foreign policy for decades. He condemns US foreign policies that were tailor made to benefit Israel, stealthily leaving out the part about Israel. He scorns neocons, but doesn’t mention they are mostly pro-Israel Jews who were former communists. He criticizes the Iraq war, but refuses to name and shame its chief architect Benjamin Netanyahu who was spreading alarmist lies about Iraqi WMDs since the early 1990s.

Newman’s constitutionalist advocacy is admirable, and his well-written essays are often informative on other topics relating to globalism. But he is hopelessly blinded by a Christian Zionist bias for Israel as the homeland of the “chosen people,” breezing over their leading role behind the very same globalist agenda that he abhors. Newman, beholden to Old Testament myths about Jewish chosenness, is protecting the Jewish ring-leaders behind both globalism and Zionism, craftily diverting blame onto expendable “globalist” straw men and puppet politicians like Obama and Bush.

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