James Petras,  
    War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America    
    Clear Day Books, pp.132, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.  

    A   R E V I E W    A R T I C L E
    by Frederick Clairmonte

    Frederic Clairmonte was for many years a permanent senior economic affairs officer in the United Nations Economic Commission for
    Africa and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  He is one of the world’s leading international marketing and
    financial analysts.

    1.   James Petras, teacher and  humanist of  a rare , encyclopedic, analytical intelligence, author  of this  compact
    masterwork, has  long been recognized  as  the foremost social scientist of the United States. I would go one step
    further without indulging in hyperbole , as I believe  that  most readers  of this publication  would concur with me, that
    his voluminously enduring  creations forged  over decades have clambered  to  the highest  summits  of  world
    journalism and scholarship . Is it not obvious that he, and the noble causes worldwide that he has championed,
    should be the object of obloquy, loathing and persecution by the adversaries of all liberation struggles?

    2. The  memory  of  the ongoing crimes of what I have  called  the Zio-fascist state depicted   with such   matchless
    brio  in  this work  never be  ephemeral.  This is so because these acts of colonial bestiality   rank among the most
    atrocious in the annals of mankind’s tortured history.  Long after the tribunals of history have met and proclaimed their
    irrevocable   verdict of guilty,   the sheer scale and horrors of these crimes will neither be forgiven nor forgotten. This
    creation  is destined to become a classic   not only  in the history of  colonialism but because  it reveals  the
    indomitable  spirit of  resistance  of the Palestinians  that have stood up and fought back  at times with little more  than  
    sticks, stones and their bare fists against a murderous oppressor. Thus the Intifada will rank as one of the greatest
    epic struggles of resistance of all times.

    3. The parturition of Israel was born in blood and torture, imprisonment and mass murder. The start of this genocidal
    thrust is  Al  Naqba (1947) that marked the advent   of this mass pillage  and expulsion of  hundreds of thousands  of  
    Palestinians from their  native lands in  a struggle that is still unfinished  and which has   endured  for almost seven
    decades.    A grisly  process  that can only  be eradicated  by  the end of  this ignominious  occupation ;  and not the  
    fake  quest  and wicked charade of   what has been brandished  ‘ a negotiated settlement’.   The masters of the Zion-
    fascist state  are not alone  in their crimes against humanity for the enemies of the Palestinian peoples  are also
    rooted in  the United States,  the European Union, certain Arab states notably Saudi Arabia, Egypt , Jordan and the
    Arab League  that have been  the unquestioned accomplices to their crimes.

    4. The creation of Greater Israel  which is one of  the quintessential  pivots of Zionist ideology  owes  its provenance  to
    the Nazi-inspired  racialist  doctrine of the  Herrenvolk, or the master race,  among whose paramount   practitioners
    were Heydrich and Himmler and their   killer caste.  In this perspective, the Zio-fascist state that labels itself Israel and
    considers all Arabs as the Untermensch, whose lands and people are legitimate plunder to be used and junked,
    stands forth as the legatus apostolicus of Nazidom. It is therefore not an aberration that Rabbi Obadiah  Josef, leader  
    of the Shays party and one of the country’s most revered clerics  ((some of whose members are in Netanyahu’s
    cabinet including the minister of the interior  and the deputy prime minister) in his sermon  for Rosh Hashanah ( the
    New Year)  could clamor for the death  of the Palestinian political  leadership  and the physical annihilation by missiles
    and bombs of all Arabs and Palestinians  “ who are evil enemies of Israel.”

    No doubt the same pseudo religious rantings apply to the peoples of Iran that are also fated for the nuclear chopping
    bloc. To make sure that his audience fully grasped his message of exterminism he stressed at the end of his
    benediction that in the execution of this act of annihilation “there can be no place for mercy and pity”.

    5. The findings of B Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, remind us of the scale of these huge land grabs,
    euphemistically peddled under the   innocuous nostrum   of ‘settlements’.  The aggregate land grabs   (300,000) have
    gobbled up 42% of the West Bank plus another 200,000 in East Jerusalem. The agony has not run its course. . This is
    what the masters of the Zio-fascist state have labeled “facts on the grounds”.    Most of these ‘settlements’ are being
    funded by the big money bags of   Zionist finance capital which, with the blessing of the US Treasury, are tax

    6.  Excluding the huge German reparations, since 1950   Israel has received yearly $5bn (that is the private sector
    payouts from international Jewry plus the US government) which works out to around $300bn over six decades and
    that in a land of about 6 million. Any move to halt this financial hemorrhage from a stricken US economy to Israel   
    would be knifed by the Zionist cabals.  Such massive  unrelenting accumulation combined with  the exploitation  of an
    undifferentiated mass  of  Palestinian  labour toiling for  subsistence wages  have rocketed  the fortunes  of Israeli
    capitalism now  firmly  meshed into  the moorings  of global imperialism.

    Not surprisingly,  its per capita GDP is now 65% of its US counterpart. And growing faster. Thanks to its US financial
    moguls the Zio-fascist state has now been rocketed into the ranks of the OECD of rich countries...  It is a de facto
    member of the European Union as well as NATO as Bush jubilantly proclaimed.  I have underscored from of these
    salient facts that will enrich our understanding of the nature of what the author perceptively calls the Zionist Fifth
    Colunm in America.

    7. His creation revolves around what he designates as the Zionist Power Configuration.  The categorization is accurate
    but  I would have preferred another designation  that I have called  the  Zio-fascist  complex  so as to  accentuate  and
    throw into sharper relief  the horrors of  its being .  The operative word is ‘fascist’ for, as Fidel Castro scathingly noted
    at the time of the genocidal assault against the defenseless people of Gaza, Israel is a brazen, despicable, Fascist
    monster. The mobilization and propagation of its power in the United States, on behalf of Israel, is exercised by
    elected and appointed Zionist officialdom.   One of the keys to its awesome firepower is that it is a mass grassroots
    organization buttressed by the financial support of scores of millionaires, dozens of billionaires and an irreversibly
    corrupt mass media that is its handmaiden.

    8. It hegemonizes, and in many instances has paralyzed the workings of the US Congress and the Executive.  The
    United States and its military-political caste oligarchy is the epicenter of Zio fascist firepower and the unique propellant
    of Israeli war aims in the Middle East, strikingly so towards Iran now threatened with the nuclear bludgeon. This Zio-
    fascist phalanx not only acts as a foreign agent of Israel now, but has overtly done so over the last five decades.
    Influence is focused with laser-like accuracy on the epicenters of power:  the Congress, the Treasury, the State
    Department, National Security and the Pentagon and all leading Congressional committees that relate to Israeli

    The career profiles of the all intrusive power of its professionals that are the quintessence  of the Fifth Column   are to
    be found  in every  nook and cranny  of Wall Street, the globe-girdling corporate law firms, the insurance industry, the  
    big three stock market rating agencies and the big three accounting oligopoly.  A point that the author makes clear  
    when he emphasizes that   “in effect pro-Israel career patterns and projections of power have established a kind of
    Judeo-Zionist hegemony of US public life.”  In this perspective the regime scaffolded since 1947 must be seen as a
    totalitarian  regime  that  continues  to obliterate the most rudimentary  forms  of  human rights and democratic
    aspirations; a feat  that  it has engineered with  the concurrence of the US caste oligarchy.

    9. This is one of the salient traits of the operational Fifth Column that operates within the United States.  The retention
    of its grip is vastly magnified by the stranglehold on the major media outlets notably on the Middle East that is a
    primordial concern of Israel’s foreign policy. This is seen, as the author argues, by the power exercised by Israel First
    academics that straddle the editorial pages of the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times,
    the Chicago Tribune and almost exclusively the entire print media. Its power extends to the major TV media: Fox
    News, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN as well as secondary outlets.

    It would be difficult to do justice to the prodigious research which sheds light on the interlocking directorates in every
    domain over which the Fifth Column has exercised its paramount influence. In  understanding  the  parameters of the
    system it  must not be ignored that the ramifications  of  the  Zionist behemoth  are by no means  solely confined  to
    the kingdom of the US political caste oligarchy. Indeed its tentacles are globalized. It is exhibited in strength in all the
    major EU countries. Among   its ventriloquist dummies will be found the likes of Kouchner and Miliband, Berlusconi
    and Aznar.

    10. There is an overarching unity in Petras’ entire work sanctified by an alluring stylistic grace and elegance where le
    mot juste is never remote.  A work that conjures up the  dictum of the great Bossuet (1627-1704) spring to mind:  ‘le
    style c’est  l’homme.”   It is this stunning assemblage of words  and ideas ,  the relentless pursuit of truth , and not the
    fakery of one hundred footnotes per page, that  has rocketed him into the ranks  the world’s leading  social  scientists,
    publicists, broadcasters  and public figures.

    The sheer expanse of his reach is not confined to a single continent illumining the planetary scope of his creations. In
    short, his all-encompassing and militant internationalism exposes ruthlessly the logic and genocidal madness of
    imperialism and its works.  When the war criminals in Israel and their henchmen are flung  to  the  tribunal of justice,
    as ineluctably they  must  and will be,  this poignant  work which is an indictment of their crimes, will be a salutary
    reminder of  the scale of  these crimes.

    11. Like many of his life-long readers, I have been the benefactor of what I regard as his enduring teachings. Some
    have called him a sociologist but such professional categories fail to grasp the essence of his work as do other
    attributes as political scientist and economist.  This is an attribute he shares with Marx whose Promethean creations
    transcends such wholly trivial professional pigeon holes.  Like Marx and Keynes he has combined seamlessly
    meshed the creative flows of journalism and scholarship.  

    12.  As his adversaries have long recognized he is a social scientist of a special breed. One whose exalted moral
    commitments, militancy and impassioned combat merge with his revolutionary strivings. It is this that demarcates him
    from the pedestrian academic herd of bourgeois scholarship whose pseudo academic dribblings are wedded to the
    perpetuation of the prevailing propertied order.  And hence the bulk  of  those who market themselves  under  the
    name of social scientists   have pursued trajectories  that have transformed  them, directly and indirectly,  into the
    apparatchiks of imperialism.

    13. A social scientist I might   add of a  special breed  in  that  he  has  swept aside  contemptuously the trappings  of a
    decadent  and irrevocably  corrupt  academic order that has prostituted itself in the market place .  The ranks of the
    upper crust of this caste have swelled over time and with the lush pickings and prospects of corporate droppings and
    other insidious forms of political office holding.

    14.    This inspired humanist with unbending single-mindedness has clung through thick and thin of the social,
    political and ideological struggles.  He stands in the forefront of all social and political struggles for the making of a
    better world -- a world in which the terrors of class rule, exploitation and social injustices spawned by capitalism and
    imperialism will be consigned to the rubbish can of history... What matters in this context is not the savagery and
    duration of the battle but the belief that ultimately the forces of evil can brought to book.  In this respect he could be
    likened to what  the Red Army would have called a Frontovnik:    a combatant on the front line who battles on
    relentlessly, knowing well that bulldozing the system into its fetid  grave can only be achieved by those  that grasp the
    logic ( and illogic) of the system’s rapacity..

    15. It is the bold uncompromising  marshaling  and analysis  of  these  interlocking facts  that helps to explain how  the
    US caste oligarchy subjected to the assaults of an omnipresent  Zionist Fifth Column  has  become  the major
    accomplice  of  Israeli war crimes amid  unanimous worldwide condemnation. It is the surfacing of these facts which
    help also to elucidate the utterly depraved conduct of the Obama White House and the fact that nine-tenths of the US
    Congress excoriated the Goldstone Report.    Since this book went to press the preparations for the obliteration of Iran
    have gathered speed.   Almost unanimously  the  Congress has  demanded  even ‘more crippling sanctions’ – the  
    term is that of Clinton -  as though  the already  existing body of criminal sanctions  and embargoes were
    inadequate..   The vote in Congress was galvanized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and
    boisterously acclaimed by all the major 51 American Jewish organizations.

    16. The upsurge of Zionism as he notes is a virulent form of tribal-religious identity linked to a foreign power.   Its
    overwhelmingly successful hegemonic inroads have been abetted by the abject capitulation of the US ruling class
    oligarchy and its failure to recognize a US national identity. The US political complex and successive administrations
    with no exception have become part of the interlaced web of Zionist power that is ramified in every nook and cranny of
    all sectors of American capitalism.  It was  revelatory that there was not a whimper  from the  zionized White House
    when Israel’s foreign minister  was brazen enough to pontificate  that if had not been  for  the Gulf oil calamity, the
    Obama  war machine ( no doubt with the  support of  Israel) would have nuked Iran.   No less revelatory was that there
    was not a solitary member of Congress that that bellowed his indignation against this outrageous remark.

    17.In conclusion , it is to be hoped that Petras’  grand  body of scholarship  embodying  years of painstaking research  
    will be translated into all languages and  be read by  many  people  of our planet  with their diverse cultures, creeds  
    and political persuasions. What ought never be obscured   is that  the creation  of this  combatant  and humanist  is
    not merely a pitiless dissection  of the Zio-fascist complex , but   no less important, I am  confident, is  that  it  will long
    find  its niche  as an  irrepressible documentation  that raises its  rebel voice  against these  sordid  crimes against
    humanity.   It is thus a cri de coeur for human dignity and decency that imperialism and its acolytes have always
    consigned to the gutter.

    18.  In a recent encounter  with  President Shimon Peres, an entrenched Zionist and implacable hater  of Palestinians
    , which is not incompatible  with his confessed  boundless  love for  occupied Palestinian land , an obsequious
    Obama raised the question. “What can we do for Israel?” Given the fact that  Obama is a political money-raising
    hustler  of long standing the question was obviously  touted for publicity reasons:  to solicit  funds from the  Zionist  
    money-bags in the United States  that  have  always lavishly  bankrolled  the Democratic party. We are not privy to the
    retort of Peres whose open contempt for the  US presidential stooges of Israel requires no publicity.   But I presume
    his riposte runs something like this:

        “Just keep on groveling as you and other Presidents have done. If we spit in your face as we did to Biden and
    bombard your warships, just give us your other cheek.  . And forget it. Make sure, however,   that you keep on shoveling
    your debased dollars into our money boxes. . And, above all,  keep going through the motions of the crapulous babble
    of negotiated settlements for as you well know    there is nothing to negotiate... The facts on the ground already speak
    for themselves.”