THE BRZEZINSKI/OBAMA AXIS
By Professor Paul Eidelberg
September 26, 2009
Back in 1985, I wrote an article on Brzezinski for The Intercollegiate Review. Before citing some of the more relevant passages of that article, it should be borne in mind that Brzezinski, a political scientist, served as President Jimmy Carters national security adviser. One does not have to read Carters Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid to know that Carter is an anti-Semite. Brzezinski has earned the same reputation.
Not only has Brzezinski publicly defended the anti-Semitic canard that the relationship between America and Israel is the result of Jewish pressure, but he also signed a letter demanding dialogue with Hamas, whose charter calls for Israels destruction. It behooves us to understand the mentality of Obamas Middle East adviser.
Long before he became Mr. Carters national security adviser, Brzezinski rejected what he and most political scientists term the black-and-white image of the American and Soviet political systems. This image, he says, is held by traditional anti-Communists. Brzezinski thus affirmed he is not quite an anti-Communist. In fact, he deplores anti-Communism as a relic of the Cold War, of the age of ideology.
Not only did Brzezinski reject the black-and-white image of the American and Soviet forms of government, he rejects the very notion of good and bad regimes! Brzezinski is simply a moral or cultural (or historical) relativist, and relativism has certainly modulated Barack Obamas mentality.
The influence of political scientists like Brzezinski is wide and deep. His relativism prompts him to negotiate with and appease terrorist regimes. With Brzezinski as his adviser, Obama will be more disposed to appease Iran and betray Americas allies, above all Israel.
Since Brzezinski is a relativist, he denies the existence of objective or trans-historical standards for determining whether the way of life of one nation, group, or individual is morally superior to that of another. (The members of the UN General Assembly must be pleased to hear this, despite the UNs notorious record of condemning Israel without having ever condemned an Islamic state.)