Interview with Edward Luttwak

Interview here with the always wise and insightful Edward Luttwak.

A rather humorous selection:

There have been many different explanations given over the past 10 years for the strength of the American-Israeli relationship, ranging from the idea that Israel has the best and most immediately deployable army in the Middle East, to the idea that a small cabal of wealthy and influential Jews has hijacked American foreign policy.
You mean the Z.O.G.? The Zionist Occupied Government?

Personally, from an emotional point of view, myself, as me, I prefer the Z.O.G. explanation above all others. I love the idea that the Zionists have sufficient power to actually occupy America, and through America to basically run the world. I love the idea of being a member of a secretive and powerful cabal. If you put my name Luttwak together with Perle and Wolfowitz and you search the Internet, you will get this little list of people who run the American government and the world, and I’m on it. I love that.

Anytime you need an added jolt of ego gratification, you open your laptop and confirm the fact that you rule the world.
In Pakistan, there are millions of people who go to schools where they are taught that I am the ruler of the universe. So, emotionally speaking, I would explain everything that happens by referring to the Z.O.G., the Zionist Occupied Government, which is run by a small cabal of people, and that I am one of them.

Now, if I’m forced to actually think about this question, I would say that the cleanest analytical way of understanding the American-Israeli relationship is to say that the post-1945 career of the United States as a world-meddling, imperialist power has forced Americans to be very foreign-oriented. Many American families have had their sons killed overseas, and many other Americans have become foreign-oriented for many reasons. Among them there is a group of Christians who read the Bible, who believe in the Bible to some degree as a document that registers God’s will. For them, Israel is the proof of the truth of the Bible. Hence, the notion that the United States should be supporting rather than opposing Israel has now become expected, which was absolutely not true in 1948 when the United States did every possible thing to prevent the existence of Israel by systematically intercepting arms flows to the Jews.

Therefore, if we in the Z.O.G. didn’t really run everything, and there was no Zionist influence, then this solid mass of foreign-aware Americans, who also happen to be Bible-believers—we’re talking 50 million people—to them, the only foreign policy that counts is America’s support for Israel. Period.

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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3 Responses to Interview with Edward Luttwak

  1. Scott says:

    That last part is frightening because it is true I have meet people like that, and they believe that it is the Jew’s job to bring on the end of the world as well. That is why they love Israel so much, not the Jews but the end times bs. By the way finished your book Monsoon, liked it alot, highly recommend it.

  2. tdaxp says:

    Best analysis of the question I’ve read. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Jupiter says:

    I went through this weird and confused phase when I was a teenager, and somehow ended up on an Internet forum called Rapture Ready. Yea. At the time, the idea that Jesus was about to beam everybody up to paradise was very alluring, and daily life was more tolerable when every little thing was a sign that the end was fast approaching.

    Anyhow, from the Eschatological perspective of the religious Right, Israel is key to many of the prophecies which are expected to precede the Rapture and Tribulations. These beliefs aren’t the only basis of their support for Israel, but political/social factors allow for change and compromise– this sort of thing is unyielding. Let’s take Ezekiel 38:11, for example, which predicts that Israel will become a land of ‘unwalled villages’. Before 1948, there was no Israel, let alone any significant walls of which to speak. The fact that the world has seen the return of the state of Israel (seen as something of a miracle itself), and that Israel now relies on massive concrete walls for its security, serves to convince these people that we are now living in the End Times and the Rapture will literally occur any day now. You can argue about America’s waning influence in the Middle East, Israel’s human rights abuses, the plight of the Palestinians, whatever: none of this is going to even minutely affect their support for a state whose existence directly ties into their imminent and inevitable ascension to Paradise.

    On top of that, there are undoubtedly powerful Jewish American figures whose influence steer US Foreign Policy in a decidedly pro-Israel direction, there is a clear cultural affinity between Israel and the United States, and there is an instinctive American aversion to supporting a cause that is closely affiliated with violent terrorism in the public mind. Throw in the importance of the Jewish vote in certain battlefield states, and it’s no surprise the United States declares its support for Israel to be unconditional.