Mooser, in the article you cited (SocialistUnity.com, Jan 2008), Tony Greenstein, an Atzmon-hater, wrote a polemic attempting a total smear job on Atzmon. One of his statements jumped out at me, as being particularly relevant to much of the vociferous opposition to Atzmon’s ideas. Greenstein paraphrases Atzmon as follows:
Instead of seeing the Israeli state as an outpost of US imperialism, he reverses the relationship. ‘it looks as if Zionist lobbies control American foreign politics. After so many years of independence, the United States of America is becoming a remote colony of an apparently far greater state, the Jewish state.’
Atzmon “reverses the [true] relationship”! Greenstein, evidently a disciple of Chomsky, regards Israel, the Jewish state, as merely an “outpost of US imperialism.” In Atzmon’s view (and mine), Zionist lobbies control American foreign policies and the U.S. has effectively become a colony of a politically more powerful Zionist state and its agents in America.
This difference of opinion lies at the heart of many exchanges that I (and Jeffrey Blankfort, for example) have had here at MW with Keith, Max Ajl, VR (v..), and many other acolytes of Chomsky. The basic agreement between me and Atzmon in this specific argument is the main reason why I defend him so strenuously.