Mark Elf

Zionist Lobbies are Important

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While I agreed with much of what Chris Harman said about the Mearsheimer and Walt article (May SR), I was disappointed with the way he presented his argument.

The headline referring to a "conspiracy theory" did not do justice to the Mearsheimer and Walt article since it expressly discounted a conspiracy on the part of Israel lobbyists.

Harman then sets out a standard materialist conception of imperialism as an explanation for the US's support for Israel. Fine, but he then criticises the Mearsheimer and Walt article because it "opens the door to those who want to absolve capitalism from blame for its crimes by talking of conspiracies by religious or ethnic minorities".

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