One of the great hallmarks of evangelicalism has been its awe and respect for the Jewish people - a respect that is rooted in its belief that the Jews are God's chosen people and He has as yet "... some great work for them to do."
This belief is rooted in evangelicalism and sets it apart from most other Christian groups. For example, one leading evangelical writer has written:
This kind of thinking is very much different from the thinking found in those churches that make up old line Protestantism and the Christianity of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches - all of which hold that the church REPLACED Israel at Pentecost, and that "... it (i.e., the church) is now the new and spiritual Israel which has REPLACED the old, natural Israel;" that there "... is no Scriptural basis for the REGRESSIVE idea that God's dealing will again be centered ... in natural Israel at some future date." [Presbyterian Publishing House, Philadelphia, PA.]
A NEW LITMUS TEST FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY CANDIDATES
The belief that God is not through with Israel and that He has yet some great work for Israel to accomplish is widely shared throughout evangelicalism. Indeed, it is perhaps not too much to say that it is precisely because of such convictions in one of its key constituencies that the Republican Party has evinced the supportive attitude it has had towards Israel and the Jewish people in recent elections. The fact is, support for Israel, like abortion, has become a kind of litmus test today for all Republicans who aspire to elective office.
But one is making a grave mistake in thinking that the support that elite Republicans (i.e., the Republican Party's business wing) are giving to Israel and the Jewish people is any kind of principled support. It's not. At best, it's just something elite Republicans must hold their noses and do in order to invoke the electoral support of evangelicals. And if this is the case, evangelicals should ask themselves, if "push comes to shove," what real support can evangelicals count on insofar as Israel is concerned from the Republicans? Not much I would think!
THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE ELITES
The very real fact of the matter is, elite Republicans - when left to their own devices - have a very checkered history insofar as Israel and the Jewish community is concerned, and so much so that the alliance that Christian evangelicals have made with them approximates an alliance with the devil. The truth is, when James Baker, one of Ronald Reagan's key advisors (and George Bush's Secretary of State), said, "F-ck the Jews," it was not merely a slip of the tongue; he was simply giving expression to the traditional feelings elite Republicans have had for the Jewish community. [Please see The Secret War Against the Jews by John Loftus and Mark Aarons, pg. vii.]
The reality is, the social class out from which most of America's elite (including Baker et. al.) has sprung has historically been saturated with a very profound and deep anti-Semitism - and this is true whether one was born into the establishment class or later - one way or the other - became a part of it. Anti-Semitism was (and, if the truth were really known, still is) one of those "markers" for people of "good breeding." Indeed, in the early to mid-1930s it formed a kind of "in-house" philosophy among the upper-class, Ivy League students who were attracted to the U.S. diplomatic service.
Robert Kaplan, in his book, The Arabists, captures the culture of a society in which anti-Semitism was an accepted, even unconscious, part of everyday life for the American establishment. Kaplan recounts an interesting interview he had with a key member of that establishment:
As a result, Loftus and Aaron write,
ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE JEWS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
The State Department has historically been one of those places which has been a "playground" for the elites - a kind of exclusive domain open only to graduates of Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, etc. - all elite schools. Graduates of Kansas State, Missouri, Montana State, Chico State, Northridge, Kent State, etc., need not apply. And to the extent that this is still true [i.e., that the State Department remains the rather exclusive domain of the elites (and it does)], elite world views and elite biases continue to predominate there - along with elite class prejudices against the Jews. In bureaucracies like the State Department, there is such a thing as "INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY" - and part of the institutional memory at the State Department is a snobbish bias against the Jews.
Today, of course, all this is carefully hidden behind a "front" of political correctness, and it is true that many Jews have managed to scramble up the State Department's bureaucracy to some very lofty heights there. The fact is, Madeline Albright, the current Secretary of State, is a Jew - still, it's not something that she has admitted to readily (she just found out about it), and she seems to be quite embarrassed by it - which doesn't say much as to the depth that political correctness has sunk its roots there. Institutions like the State Department do not bend so easily to the fashion of the moment. Scratch the surface, and you will find all the old biases. The elites still dominate things there, and in the snug atmosphere that pervades their closed "get togethers" at Burning Tree, etc. the old prejudices still prevail. They are not quite as dead as they are advertised to be in the pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
ANTI-SEMITISM AND THE BUSINESS ELITES
And it wasn't (isn't) just at the State Department that anti-Semitism in America's elite establishment was (is) rampant. Take the business world. Time doesnt permit a full listing of all those members of the business elite who were anti-Semitic before it became "un-PC" to be so; only some of the most prominent can be mentioned here. For example, Alfred P. Sloan, who rose from president of General Motors to chairman in 1937. On August 12, 1936 Sloan hosted a get-together of millionaires and industrialists at Ashville, North Carolina together with John Henry Kirby, a millionaire fascist, and Rev. L.K. Smith, a conservative Christian (a Presbyterian) and one of the most famous anti-Semites of that era. The subject of the meeting was "Hitler: A Christian Bulwark Against Atheistic Socialism." Sloan also frequently visited Berlin where he hobnobbed with Goering and Hitler.
Then theres Graeme K. Howard, another "big-wig" at GM (a vice-president); Howard was an outright anti-Semite who wrote a poisonous book, America and a New World Order; the book peddled an ideology which was identical to Hitlers. And theres James D. Mooney, head of GMs European division; Mooney likewise approved of Hitlers anti-Semitic ideology - indeed, so much so that in 1938 Mooney received the Order of the Golden Eagle from Hitler himself. Looking back at it all from the perspective of some sixty years, it seems that GMs top management was permeated with anti-Semites at the time.
And what was going on at GM was very much reflective of what was happening throughout Americas corporate elite. Take another famous wing of Americas corporate establishment, the DuPonts - especially Irenee DuPont, the most imposing and powerful member of the famous DuPont clan. He was obsessed with Hitlers principles. He keenly followed the career of the future Fuhrer in the 1920s, and on September 7, 1926, in a speech to the American Chemical Society, he openly advocated a race of supermen, to be achieved by injecting special drugs into children. Moreover, despite the fact that he had Jewish blood in his own veins, his anti-Semitism easily matched that of Hitler's. Indeed, the DuPonts even began financing native fascist groups in America, for example, Clarks Crusaders, which had 1,250,000 members by 1933. Pierre, Irenee and Lammont DuPont - and others like John Jacob Raskob - funded the anti-Semitic American Liberty League along with Alfred P. Sloan of GM. The League smeared Roosevelt as a Communist and claimed the President was surrounded by Jews.
And it wasnt just in the automotive and chemical segments of the American business community where anti-Semitic propensities could be easily identified - anti-Semitic tendencies were apparent everywhere. Take the retail trade; specifically, Sears & Roebuck. The anti-Semitic prejudices of General Robert Wood, Chairman of Sears & Roebuck were legendary in the 1930s (and 40s and 50s). Wood was chairman of the America First Committee, an organization committed to opposing all efforts to aid Allies besieged by Nazi Germany.
As national chairman, Wood made no effort to keep out openly anti-Semitic groups known to have been supportive of Germany, such as the German-American Bund. Moreover, a 1942 FBI report indicated that Woods "patriotic" group had also actually "accepted financial assistance from Nazi sources." And remember, here, we arent describing the actions of some obscure right-wing "whacko," but the leader of one of the most well-known retail outlets in the country - Sears & Roebuck; its difficult to imagine anything as "American" and as "apple pie" as Sears. And Wood, the DuPonts, Mills, Sloan, et al were only the tip of the iceberg.
These and countless others in American business would have found no difficulty in agreeing with William S. Knudsen - again, of General Motors - when he said that Nazi Germany was indeed "the miracle of the twentieth century." So widespread was this kind of thinking among American businessmen that U.S. Ambassador to Germany William E. Dodd all but despaired of the communitys ultimate loyalty in the upcoming struggle with fascism; he despondently told the New York Times in 1937, "I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close ... American ... (businessmen) are to the Nazi regime ... One (businessman) ... who is a prominent executive of one of the largest financial corporations [in America (i.e., Chase-Manhattan)] told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his ... (socialist) policies."
To people like Pierre, Irenee and Lammont DuPont, Alfred P. Sloan, John Jacob Raskob, Edwin S. Webster, Thomas Harrington McKittrick, Winthrop Aldrich, John Rockefeller, Walter C. Teagle and William S. Farish the real enemy was Bolshevism, not fascism; all of these men were "mesmerized" by Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Finally, there is the matter of Henry Ford. As suggested above, Ford's anti-Semitism was no anomaly! His views regarding the Jewish community, rather than being an aberration, were representative of countless others in the business community. With regard to Ford, the anti-Semite Gerald L.K. Smith writes,
Smith goes on,
THE REAL TRUTH BEHIND FORD'S APOLOGY
The subject of Fords apology is controversial - even today. But clearly, it had been made under duress and for "public relations" reasons only - and this fact is attested to by Fords son Edsel, who early on established and maintained close links with the Nazi government at the behest of his father, Henry. [Higham, Trading With The Enemy, pg. 158.] To his dying day, the elder Ford continued to believe in the central thrust of the Protocols and kept up his support of right-wing causes - hardly the actions of a man who had "repented" of his anti-Semitism.
Smith goes on,
According to Smith, Ford said,
Finally, Smith writes,
LURKING JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE
Of course, as we have already indicated, anti-Semitism within the elite establishment is today a carefully hidden phenomenon - after all, Baker's comment to "f-ck the Jews" was not made for public consumption. Such has been the effect of the Holocaust on the consciences of most men that anti-Semitism as a philosophy in the West (if not in the Islamic and Orthodox worlds) has become "off-limits."
But it's still there - lurking just under the surface. Take, for example, Richard Nixon. Nixon was terribly anxious about the Jews. He was constantly railing against a supposed "Jewish Cabal" that was out to get him. He made lists of his enemies and kept track of Jewish Americans in his administration. Indeed, Nixon's paranoia about the Jews even caused a minor scandal for the Republicans when a party official, Fred Malek, had to resign over his private census of Jews in the government on behalf of the president. Malek admitted to counting the number of Jewish officials in the federal bureaucracy for the president. [Please see Holly Sklar, "Who's Who and What's What" in Z Magazine, 1988.]
PLAYING WITH FIRE
So again we ask, are these really the people that evangelical Christians want to make common cause with? These are the people into whose hands evangelicals want to entrust the fate of Israel? God help the Jews! - and God help Israel! What is it about evangelical Christians that makes them think that they are "doing the Lord's work" by allying themselves with such people? These are people who very obviously hate the Jews and hold them in a very profound and deep contempt. And what is particularly nauseous about all this is that the anti-Semitism that the elites evince is not one that is religiously or ideologically based. At least then, one could give an answer to it. But that's not the case with the elites. The anti-Semitism the elites manifest is different. It's vague and obscure - one that exhibits an inexact sense of disapproval and contempt; the kind that seems to say, I don't like you because you are beneath me; you are unrefined and boorish; loud and vulgar; you have big noses and swarthy complexions." It's the kind of "high-brow," understated negativity which, when one confronts it, makes one feel small and ashamed - and inevitably generates a sense of inferiority; the kind that brings tears to one's eyes because there is no way to fight it, no way to extricate yourself from it. You are inferior not because of anything you have done, but because of who you are!!
Some people might object and cite Ford as an example of someone in the elite establishment who was motivated in his anti-Semitism by something more than just a vague disgust for the Jews. Ford seemed to genuinely believe that there existed a world-wide conspiracy directed against the Christian West, and that at the heart of this conspiracy were the Jews.
But Ford was pretty much an anomaly here; and he came to this thinking not so much because of his elite status, but rather as a result of the cultural melieu out from which he had come. This kind of thinking - the kind that attributed to the Jews a special ability to make money - did not originate in the circles that the Morgans and the Vanderbilts ran in, but rather from the so-called "Bible belt" of that era. It was common in the thinking of many Christians and was based on the erroneous assumption that the Jews somehow or other controlled the economy of the world. Ford, unlike most other members of the American elite of that era, had deep roots in the Christian culture of that period, and - when he began to experience financial setbacks in the mid-1920s - he came easily to believe that "Jewish money-changers" were behind it all. [In fact, the difficulty Ford experienced at that time did not originate with the Jews at all, but rather from the machinations of certain elite Banks in New York which were entirely under the control of "white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants."]
THE JEWS AND MONEY - AN INSIDE TRACK?
The belief that Jews have an inside track insofar as money-making is concerned is prevalent in Christian circles - even today. Indeed, it is not too much to say that most even will-meaning Christians attribute to the Jews a "God-given talent" for making money; a certain "divine skill in handling it." They believe that the Jews' alleged domination of commerce bespeaks divine favor. For example, Dan Fore, one of Jerry Falwell's chief lieutenants, once doted on the Jews at a fund raiser by saying:
But, for the most part, the belief that the Jews control commerce in this or any other country is a myth!! The very real fact of the matter is, very few Jews sit on the boards of any of the major U.S. multinationals. Nor do they come anywhere near controlling the Banking system. There are no Jews on the Board of BankAmerica, or Citibank, or J.P. Morgan, Chase-Manhattan, or Morgan Stanley, etc. Certainly not in the retail trade - Sears, Walmart, K-Mart, etc.
It is true that Jews are prominent in the so-called "diamond trade" - but there's not much money there. And Jews can be found in some of Wall Street's secondary brokerage houses - but that's about all. Finally, Jews are prominent in the publishing business, in Hollywood and in the media in general, but many of the firms that at one time dominated these areas are in the process of being gobbled up by multinationals, most of which are dominated by white, Anglo-Saxon, "Christians" - which is to say, the elite establishment.
OIL: THE NEXUS OF ELITE WEALTH
No! - the elites do not buy into the thesis that the Jews control the world's economy. They (i.e., the old, white, Anglo-Saxon, establishment) control it, and they know it. There is, however, something that does infuriate the elites about the Jews - beyond their general disgust for them - and that's Israel; specifically, what the elites see as the "idiotic" desire of the Jews to re-establish and sustain a homeland in Palestine that the elites consider should best be left in the trash bin of history. And why is that? OIL! - the NEXUS around which elite wealth is today centered. And it is precisely here that we can begin to appreciate the elite's loathing of the Jews and the state of Israel beyond the normal disgust the elites have historically had for the Jews): for the most part it can be traced to "Big Oil's" relationship with the Arab world - and that relationship boils down to a question of money. In the end, as with almost everything else in this world, it all comes down to money! - and that is especially true with the elites. It's not without reason that the Bible says:
We, of course, would like to think otherwise; that we as human beings are not as TRITE and ORDINARY as all that; that certainly there is something more sinister afoot here than just the avaricious pursuit of money. But the Bible says it's money - that the root of ALL evil is the love of money; that's not just some evil, but ALL evil. The fact is, the elites see Israel as an impediment - a BIG impediment - to their pursuit of money in the Middle East, specifically, the pursuit of "Black Gold" - the thing that makes today's world "roll and go."
WHO CONTROLS THE OIL: THE ARABS OR THE OIL COMPANIES?
Now, in coming to an appropriate appreciation of all this, one needs to be very careful here - the truth is not what it first appears insofar as the relationship between the oil companies and the Arab world is concerned. Most Americans have been led to believe that the Arabs control the world's supply of oil; but that's not the case at all. It's not the Arabs that control the world's oil supply, but the Western oil companies: ARAMCO, Standard Oil, Chevron, Mobil, Shell, BP, Texaco, etc. BACKED UP BY THE MILITARY MIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES, or does one really think that these nations could exist for even one short month without the sufferance of the U.S. military? Think about it for a minute. Does anyone really believe that if the Arabs were to do something that didn't meet with the approval of the Americans, they could get away with it? No! - it's not OPEC that calls the shots insofar as the world's oil supply is concerned, but "Big Oil" hiding behind OPEC as a "front." And it's very useful to "Big Oil" to have it so (i.e., to use OPEC as a "front"), because in doing so, "Big Oil" can conveniently draw fire away from itself and their extraordinary greed and avarice and set OPEC up as the target insofar as fuel price gouging is concerned.
The fact is, most of the nations of the Middle East are nothing more than "Creations of Convenience" for "Big Oil" - nations that were created out of nothing but the sands of the desert by Britain (and, to a lesser degree, the United States) in the interests of "Big Oil" - and despite rhetoric to the contrary (all of which is designed to take the heat off "Big Oil"), the master to puppet relationship between "Big Oil" and the nations of the Middle East is as true today as it was in the 1920s, '30s and '40s when most of these countries were created. And there is a very great price to be paid when those nations stray too far from this relationship - as both Iraq and Libya can attest to. The 1991 war in the Middle East (i.e., "Desert Storm") and the bombing of Libya in the mid-1980s had very little to do with "humanitarian concerns," or the bombing of a bar frequented by American GIs in downtown Berlin, and everything to do with the fact that Quadafi and Hussein were trying to change the equation in the Middle East in favor of the Arabs and against "Big Oil" - something "Big Oil" was more than willing to sacrifice thousands and thousands of American GIs to stop.
Of course, most people in the United States know little about any of this. The accepted view of the history of Israel in the Middle East is that the United States (together with England) has always played a charitable role toward the Jews, especially insofar as the creation of the state of Israel, and most especially insofar as Israel's wars since then are concerned.
But what happens in public is not always a reflection of the clandestine policies of governments and the multinationals that stand behind those governments. From the very beginning, the oil companies fought the establishment of the state of Israel. And why was that? - because if one is going to pump oil out of a region of the world as volatile as the Middle East, some consideration to the passions of the region must be displayed if one doesn't want his project to go up in flames. And the governing passion in the Middle East is anti-Zionism. As far as the Arabs are concerned, whoever opposes the Jews in the Middle East is their friend; and whoever evinces sympathy for Zionism is their enemy. For the oil companies who want to pump oil out of the Middle East, it is a "no brainer." As a result, from the 1920s onward, the oil companies have been allied against the Jewish people and the Zionist movement, and nothing has changed since.
THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE OIL COMPANIES
The first of the big American oil companies into the Middle East were Gulf Oil and Standard Oil of California (Socal). They arrived hunting for oil in the early 1920s. Both companies almost immediately became peripherally involved with the Arabs in trying to stem the tide of Jewish immigration into Palestine. But the Zionist interlopers kept coming with Socal and Gulf Oil fighting them all the way.
In 1924, Ibn Saud, the fanatically anti-Semitic leader of the Wahhabi sect in the Arabian Peninsula created the nation of Saudi Arabia with the help of British Intelligence. Seven years later in 1931 Charles Crane and Karl Twitchell arrived in Saudi Arabia to investigate the oil prospects in Arabia on behalf of Socal. Three years later, Ibn Saud granted an oil concession to Socal. Socal set up shop in Jidda, the Saudi capital, and began drilling for oil - and it wasn't long before Socal officials learned that a good dose of anti-Semitism went a long way in the Saudi capital. On the eve of the Second World War, Socal hit oil. By then, Socal had brought the Texas Oil Company (Texaco) into its concession. After the war, Socony Vacuum (Mobil) was also brought in, as was the Rockefeller-dominated Standard Oil of New Jersey.
Before the war, Standard Oil of New Jersey had forged a synthetic oil and rubber cartel with the Nazi-controlled I.G. Farben Company, who also ran a slave labor camp at Auschwitz which prompted an outcry from the Jewish community, but nothing was ever done about it. Texaco and Socal grew rich during the war shipping oil to Nazi Germany through "neutral" Spain - while all the while American G.I.s were dying fighting the Nazis and European Jews were being gassed at a death camp one of their business partners had built in Poland. The Saudis took note of all this and approved it. They liked the American oil men; they reckoned that like the Germans, the American oil men knew how to treat the Jews.
It was no secret to American oil officials that Ibn Saud had more than just a little sympathy for the Germans. His extreme anti-Jewish feelings were made clear to a British diplomat in 1937. The king said that his "hatred for the Jews" stemmed from "their persecution and rejection" of Christ, and "their subsequent rejection" of Mohammed. Ibn Saud added that "for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for him to be killed by a Jew, ensures him an immediate entry into Heaven and into the august presence of God Almighty." While officials of the American oil companies weren't prepared to go that far, they quite plainly believed that control of Middle Eastern oil was far too important to squander for the sake of the Jews, let alone their Zionist dreams. The Arabs possessed the oil, and the Jews were expendable.
After the war, "Big Oil" did everything it could to prevent the establishment of the state of Israel. The man they worked through in Washington was Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Arnold Rogow, Forrestal's biographer, has recorded that -
Forrestal himself admitted that he thought Jews were "different," and he "could never really understand how a non-Jew and a Jew could be friends." One of Forrestal's closest business associates was an American Nazi collaborator named Alexander Kreuter, who obtained favorable treatment for Western financial interests from the Nazis. While Forrestal emphasized the need to support the Arab position in the Middle East (and ipso fact, the position of the American oil companies) with regard to Palestine, his attitude towards the Jewish survivors of Hitler's concentration camps was essentially one of indifference.
FORRESTAL'S CONNECTION TO "BIG OIL"
Forrestal's connection to "Big Oil" was a deep and long one. It was Forrestal himself who negotiated the deal to bring Standard Oil of California (Socal) together with Texaco to form Caltex, which later became the Arabian-American Oil Company (ARAMCO). While still undersecretary of the navy in 1941, and just before the United States joined the war, Forrestal gave immunity to Standard Oil of New Jersey ships supplying the Nazis with much-needed oil.
Forrestal and his oil company cohorts worked tirelessly to crush the effort of the Zionist Jews to establish the state of Israel. Among those he worked with were Undersecretaries of State Dean Acheson and Robert Lovett. George Marshall also joined in the fight to stop the Jews. Indeed, almost the entire elite establishment swung into action to stop them. In the end, however, they couldn't get Truman to go along with them. Truman was not a member of the elite clique. Forrestal and the oil companies were never quite able to figure out what made Truman click. According to David McCullogh's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Truman, the Palestinian issue was "a basic human problem" for the president. "When his Secretary of Defense, Forrestal, reminded him of the critical need for Saudi Arabian oil in the event of war, Truman said he would handle the situation in the light of justice, not oil. In the end, Truman won - but just barely.
In upcoming articles we will go into greater depth with regard to all this - especially insofar as the oil companies' machinations against Israel since 1948. Suffice it to say for now, however, things haven't changed that much since then. The oil companies are now, and always will be unalterably opposed to the Jews and Israel - as we said, it's a question of money!!
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
What then does that say about what our attitude should be towards the alliance the evangelical church has made with the Republican Party? - or does one think that one can make an alliance with anti-Semitic bigots and get away with it insofar as the Lord is concerned? It's not without reason that the Lord said of Israel:
Or perhaps God was just kidding around here? He didn't really mean what He said? Or maybe Christians think they can get away with things that unbelievers cannot get away with?
The facts are the facts concerning "Big Oil's" relationship with the anti-Semitism of the Arab world (to say nothing of its own in-bred, snobbish anti-Semitism). To deny that the oil companies are not in bed with the Arabs (and, ipso facto, the Arab's anti-Semitism) is tantamount to looking at the color black and calling it white. And furthermore to say that the oil elites don't call the shots insofar as the Republican Party is concerned is farcical. Who does one think that George Schultz is? Or what about Cap Weinberger? Or what about Dick Cheney? Or what about George Bush? Or what about Jim Baker? - ad nauseum. The truth is, the oil elites ARE the Republican Party - and while you may never again find any of them saying "F-ck the Jews" as openly as Jim Baker did (they're too smart to get caught more than once doing that), their attitude towards the Jews remains just about what it has always been - "F-ck the Jews." As my Mom used to say, it's time for us as Bible-believing evangelicals to "Wake up and smell the coffee."
God bless you all!