GIVE UP ARROGANCE AND PRIDE AND GET ON WITH REPAIRING THOSE BURNT BRIDGES
delusional ignoramuses or diehard backwoods conservatives, nobody is convinced
that we are anywhere close to winning the war in
There is no point in elaborating further on the mess we have created in the region, or in the futility of staying the course even with the adjustments in methods and tactics that we are told would respond to the evolving situations on the ground. The undeniable fact is that we are sinking ever deeper in the quagmire of our own creation and we want out.
The Democrats blame the Republican administration while more and more Republicans are now blaming their own party’s leadership, and the whole world blames the United States, for not only inflaming the turbulence and bloodshed in the Middle East, but also for the mismanagement of the subsequent theater of chaos with no reasonable solution or exit strategy.
campaigners for political office in this week’s elections, and those hopefuls
soon to become fully engaged in debates for the 2008 office of the President,
each have their grand thesis or strategy for resolving the dilemma of our
foreign policies in the
It is a philosophical
point that a problem that has no solution is not really a problem, it is simply a case or state of
affairs. Our dilemma in the
The prerequisites to
solving the dilemma are threefold: 1- Willingness or resolve to do what is good
For decades the
momentum that propelled
During that period it mattered little what sociopolitical developments were taking place in the far away Middle East, as long as we could manage or manipulate the evolving forces in such a way that the region’s oil continued to flow as we desired and communism remained in check. We could choose our friends and we made foes of those we didn’t particularly like, with no adverse effects of any consequence. We saw no need to be cautious about our policy choices or to worry much about a generation or two down the line into the future. But the future has arrived and has caught us off guard.
Unless we are blind,
too arrogant to accept unpleasant facts, or too proud to admit that we need all
the help we can get, we have to confess that a major sea change in our attitudes
and policies is in order. First order of the agenda should be a serious
reevaluation of certain well established paradigms that clearly defy sane
judgment now that the decades-long fog of self delusion has finally been lifted.
These paradigms have served as the guiding lights for practically all our major
policy decisions in the
What is needed in the Middle East and what the
2- Living up to our standards and accommodating our interests would serve the Middle East’s best interests in the long run, as well, whether they realize it or not.
3- Motivated by their Islamic teachings, the Middle Easterners in general, carry a deep resentment and even hatred of the West.
4- If not stopped through imposed political reforms, economic pressure or even by military action, Islamic militancy would inevitably attempt to destroy our Western civilization.
The state if
Blaming everything on
The point here is not to attempt to refute each and every one of the above paradigms one by one. For the true believer, nothing written or said, regardless of its evidentiary support, will debunk the mythology that has remained unchallenged for nearly three generations; the earth is flat and Jesus is coming, and that’s that!
At the risk of being yet again accused of anti-Semitism, I propose that, not only has America’s blind and unequivocal support for Israel been the root cause of practically all our problems in the Middle East and with the Islamic World, Israel’s influence in formulating and directing our foreign policy in that region continues to work against America’s best interests worldwide. This, however, is not to blame Israel for doing whatever it can to promote its strategic interests at whatever cost to anyone else, including its chief benefactor, the United States. I am criticizing our own administrations, Republican as well as Democrats, for allowing a foreign entity to hijack the foreign policy of this superpower to serve its own agenda at our expense.
Rather than expounding on the above, suffice it to site a few references for those who are open and willing to accept such bizarre ideas that defy common sense, that earth is not flat, regardless of how flat it appears in Texas or Wyoming, or that Jesus is nor really coming back, no matter how long the faithful wait.
Again, without attempting to substantiate or prove my points – I leave that to likeminded people in these references who can see through the fog of propaganda and disinformation and can think outside the box – I suggest the following:
Let us carefully weigh
the gains against the liabilities and losses that the
For example, it is now
clear to even the most stubborn conservatives that our involvement in
The elephant driver,
the mahout, riding on the neck of the
powerful beast and using his sharp hook masterfully, has directed his mount to
trample and crush its perceived and potential adversaries, now with its biggest
prize in sight,
But AIPAC is relentless. According to the statistics, the Democratic Party recipients of the Israeli lobby’s money and influence over our Congress and in the entertainment and news media outnumber the Republicans nearly two to one. Try to log-on to AIPAC’s sites, especially the AIPAC Policy Conference 2006, to gain an appreciation of the lobby’s powerful grip or, better put, stranglehold, over our administration’s policy makers.
Now let us suppose that the elephant or the mule, as the case might be, develops a sudden surge of patriotism or self-interest and throws the fox off its back, letting it know in no uncertain terms that the free ride is over. Of course, the little fellow could still enjoy safety and security riding on the beast’s back, but as long as it behaves itself and doesn’t cause any trouble.
Opening diplomatic and
economic relations with
Let us keep in mind that Israel would like nothing more than having the United States remain engaged in the Middle East, and would settle for nothing less than dragging our nation into another quagmire, even if it has to initiate the move itself. Let us hope that we are smart enough this time not to fall into another Israeli trap.
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