Sunday, September 25, 2011

Looking a gift horse in the mouth - by Ted Belman

September 24, 2011
By Ted Belman
Leading Jews are out shilling for Obama again. They are sure to mention the unprecedented security cooperation that now exists between the US and Israel, even more so than under Bush. In fact the latest revelation was the sale to Israel of much sought after bunker-bombs denied to Israel by Bush.

Jonathan Tobin discusses the bunker-bombs in Commentary.

A few months ago when they were enlisted to do this, I wrote that the US exacted a price for such cooperation namely that Israel had to agree to refrain from attacking Iran. But that is not sufficient a come back.
I am reading a book by Robert E Kaplan (not yet published) entitled The Soros Connection, in which he draws attention to “gifting” as the primary means of influencing individuals and even countries..
He writes “Robert Cialdini, a social psychologist, describes “gifting” in his book Influence: Science and Practice, using the term “reciprocation”for what I have called “gifting”.
Cialdini explains:
    “According to sociologists and anthropologists, one of the most widespread and basic norms of human culture is embedded in the rule for reciprocation. The rule requires that one person try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided. The impressive aspect of reciprocation with its accompanying sense of obligation is its pervasiveness in human culture. It is so widespread that,…all human societies subscribe to the rule. One of the reasons reciprocation can be used so effectively as a device for gaining another’s compliance is its power. The rule possesses awesome strength, often producing a yes response to a request that, except for an existing feeling of indebtedness, would surely have been refused.”
    “The French anthropologist Marcel Maus, in describing the social pressures surrounding the gift giving process in human culture, says that there is an obligation to give, an obligation to receive and obligation to repay.
    “Although an obligation to repay constitutes the essence of the reciprocity rule, it is the obligation to receive that makes the rule so easy to exploit. An obligation to receive reduces our ability to choose those to we wish to be indebted and puts the power in the hands of others.”
So if you want to remain independent, you must deny “the obligation to receive” and refuse the “gift”.
We have long recognized that Saudi Arabia gifted Pres Carter tens of millions and now Carter is one of their best shills. The same goes for Pres Clinton.

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