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How the Zionists won the body but lost the soul of US politics

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israeli Fifth Column in the United States, is staging its annual policy conference from Sunday the 4th through Tuesday the 6th of March 2018 in Washington, DC, the very nodal core of this careworn empire.

"AIPAC's mission," as they put it resoundingly, "is to strengthen, protect and promote the US-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States. Our staff and citizen activists educate decision-makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America's best interest to help ensure that Israel is safe, strong and secure." And a vast propaganda machinery is at the disposal of AIPAC to spread the word.

In the course of this conference AIPAC wishes to demand and exact an arm and a leg from the US government - among their demands, as propagated by their media: "AIPAC wants Congress to codify the $38bn over 10 years guaranteed to Israel under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in the waning days of the Obama administration ... AIPAC wants more sanctions on Iran ... AIPAC wants easier access for inspectors to Iran's military bases ... AIPAC backs bills in the House and Senate that would target the Boycott, Divest from and Sanction movement against Israel."

AIPAC does not joke. They mean business when they cash in on the vast riches they have spent buying influence over the US Congress and now even the White House. But do they actually have as much power as they wish to project?

Words and mission statements pale in comparison with the optics, with how stage managers at AIPAC opt to stage their power.

A look at the wide-angled shots of the stage projecting AIPAC power shows their message. Zionists rule this country. No matter who the speakers, senators, congresspersons, ambassadors, presidents, or any other heads of states - they are decidedly dwarfed when they stand on that stage against a background of larger than life photos of the Israeli and US flags reaching out over irrelevant reality and meager facts for a heavenly embrace. Israel equals the US. The US is Israel.

But that is not the only iconic shot of AIPAC conferences. There is a complementary shot. In these prototypical shots you see high ranking US officials - presidents, vice presidents, senators, congresspersons, ambassadors, etc, appearing on a podium with the word AIPAC in capitals powerfully spread over their chest and shot from a low angle projecting how powerful they are to others.

These two low-angle (powerful) and high-angle (weak) shots come together to make a singular visual statement: look how powerful these people are, look how minuscule and........

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