A new survey of American Jewish opinion, released by the American Jewish Committee, demonstrates several important propositions: (1) right-wing neocons (the Bill Kristol/Commentary/ AIPAC/Marty Peretz faction) who relentlessly claim to speak for Israel and for Jews generally hold views that are shared only by a small minority of American Jews; (2) viewpoints that are routinely demonized as reflective of animus towards Israel or even anti-Semitism are ones that are held by large majorities of American Jews; and (3) most American Jews oppose U.S. military action in the Middle East -- including both in Iraq and against Iran.
It is beyond dispute that American Jews overwhelmingly oppose core neoconservative foreign policy principles. Hence, in large numbers, they disapprove of the way the U.S. is handling its "campaign against terrorism" (59-31); overwhelmingly believe the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq (67-27); believe that things are going "somewhat badly" or "very badly" in Iraq (76-23); and believe that the "surge" has either made things worse or has had no impact (68-30)...
Which doesn't stop the Company-owned Israeli government from dissing the viewpoint of opposing factions in the intelligence community.
So, where's the vocal dissent if the majority is opposed to the will of a militant minority?
Aside from the fact that the telcom-owned main$tream has adopted the view that if they don't report on the trees falling in the forest, or the bodies falling in Iraq, no one will hear, there's another factor at work.
It's the same factor that owns telcom Harry, and drives him to override Chris Dodd's hold to bring the FISA bill on telcom immunity to the Senate floor.
It's the same factor that constantly tells Americans they have to give the telcoms everything they want, and let them and their American government proxies widen their surveillance and restrict American freedom even more.
But as reported, now the Authorities are using their eavesdropping capabilities as never before, perhaps because now they don't have to deal with bothersome things like search warrants or informing a court of their actions.
There's nothing harder escape than tyranny from the bottom up, because the elitists on top have such an investment in it.
The Israeli or the American silent majorities are being listened to, alright. And the silent majority knows it. They're being listened to, and their names are being noted, in lists that is so large the silent majority figures it's useless.
But it will be used, and even if subconsciously the silent majority knows it. Although they'd deny it put that way, because the idea sounds like paranoia. Big Brother will lower his yoke on a case-by-case individual basis. Broad nets are so much easier to escape than, say, your credit rating.