The following is a slightly edited excerpt of a discussion recorded during a political science seminar at a major state university in the United States.
Student: Take, for example, the Holocaust Museum, located on prime land in our nation’s capital and heavily subsidized by our government. Were the gas chambers in the United States? No. Were the victims U.S. citizens? No. Is there a museum in Washington dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s Ukrainian bloodbath of 1933? No. Even though many more starved there – minimum estimate, 7,000,000 – than were killed in Hitler’s Germany. Is there a museum in Washington for the Tutsis who died in the Rwandan genocide of 1994? No. Even though the rate of murder – 800,000 in three months – was far faster than in World War II Germany. So…Why do we have the Holocaust Museum in Washington?
Professor: Remember my rule. Count heads; count dollars. Might I suggest: Museum as Propaganda? Question: If the United States had had a substantial and wealthy population of Arab descent on 1948, would the United Nations have partitioned the British Mandate in Palestine as it did?
Professor: Probably not. And a few years later, would President Truman have recognized the new state of Israel as quickly as he did?
Professor: Probably not. Follow the money.Follow the money. In the United States, money is power. Paper topic: Compare the long-term repercussions of the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I with the United Nations Partition of Palestine in 1948. Next class: the role of oil in American foreign policy.