Indeed, over the years, many pro-US Arab dictators let it leak officially and unofficially that their US diplomat friends have told them time and again how much they and “America” support the Arab world and the Palestinians were it not for the influence of the pro- Israel lobby (sometimes identified by the American diplomats in more explicit “ethnic” terms).
While many of the studies of the pro-Israel lobby are sound and full of awe-inspiring well- documented details about the formidable power commanded by groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its allies, the problem with most of them is what remains unarticulated. For example, when and in what context has the United States government ever supported national liberation in the Third World?
Massad is talking about US diplomats and decision makers, not musicians, and perhaps I should not have assigned to him a position that he didn’t explicitly take. Nevertheless, I think Massad’s point holds when applied to the type of people Waters is talking about. “I would totally support those brutalized Third Worlders, but that pesky Jewish lobby is in the way. Ohhhh well!”
Basically, I wish Roger Water’s friends were more like Roger.