Friday, January 16, 2009


Libby (radio 2SER, Sydney) introduces interviewee Antony Loewenstein:
Right now we're joined on the line with Antony Loewenstein who's a journalist and a bit of a Middle East expert.
Resource wars is the topic. Right. And next week he'll be back to discuss a topic about which he's equally knowledgable, quantum mechanics.

Loewenstein was invited on the program after someone at the "educational" station read his 5,600+ word essay, The Resource Wars, in lefty mag overland. The gist of the essay: the United States, aided and abetted by Israel, is doing whatever needs to be done to secure the resources it needs. The Iraq war is but one example.

Now since Loewenstein knows next to nothing about the subject he's discussing (nothing new here) the essay is mostly the same old anti-US, anti-Israel schtick. To spice things up a bit he points out (at the 4,600 word mark) the dangers confronting dissident Jews such as himself:
I’ve spent years writing, speaking and campaigning for a just Middle East and faced intense hostility in doing so. Advocating for Palestinian rights can be a lonely business, drawing hatred from the mainstream Jewish community for daring to criticise the racially discriminatory Zionist state. Hate-mail and death threats have become a part of life since I first started speaking out in 2003. I was initially shocked by the invective thrown in my direction by fellow Jews, the accusations that I had no right to speak out publicly if I wasn’t sufficiently positive about the Jewish state. A former Jewish partner received a death threat simply because she was dating me.
Poor girl, as if dating Loewy wasn't bad enough. But being an extra-brave Jew, Loewenstein shrugs off these threats posting a helpful link at his blog to photos of his life, including family and loved ones.

Loewenstein is determined to add "resource wars" to his repertoire, the other day linking to this from Michel Chossudovsky:
The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.
Maybe Israel's Gaza action is about energy but Loewenstein does nothing for his credibility by citing and linking to a 9/11 conspiracy theorist who claims, amongst other things, that it is impossible for any cell phone calls to have been made from flight 93.

It's funny but also kind of sad that lefties lap this crap up.


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