By Sousan M Alemansour, Attorney at Law
At a time when America welcomes home its Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and struggles to employ them at jobs worthy of their bravery, it faces one of the most challenging political and economic periods of its young history. Domestic issues are abound: From Corzine’s lost client fortune to the quiet bankruptcy petition of America’s Energy Company with the potential to wipe out the entire pool of shareholders. From the Legislative body’s obsequious relations with groups bent on divesting its constitutional powers to lay and collect taxes; net or marginal, to the GOP presidential candidates’ use of the national platform of political debate to atone for obliquity of past conduct and philosophies.
And yet, what continues to remain of paramount importance to America’s political and economic strength lays not only in its national policies but also in its effective foreign policies. Mrs. Clinton’s panoptic view of the world, during her tenure, restored to America the ability to mend the fences once broken. Her seminal planning of international policies appears propitious, paving the way for the future secretary of state to continue where Mrs. Clinton is leaving off.
Obviously, the incoming secretary of state will have to complete some of the projects undertaken by Mrs. Clinton. The seed of change in the Middle East continues to be sowed and as soldiers return home, America’s role in the Middle East shifts from one of occupier to one of facilitator.
So, where does the future of America’s foreign policy lay?
Clearly, management of the changes in Egypt and Tunisia will remain of concern. Pakistan’s continued duplicity of character and of policies will be monitored closely together with Afghanistan’s shaky attempt to stand on its own, as she finds her soul from within its own tribes. Arabs will continue to look for identities independent from Al Saud and Al Khlifet with the hope that all citizens will be included in the desert fortune and future, including their women and girls.
However, now, more important than the future of America’s Middle East policies will be her policies in Africa.
Accounting for 15% of the world’s population in sixty one territories, Africa is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Its Saharo Arabian region and its Afro Asiatic languages unite the region geographically and linguistically. Half or more of its population is under thirty years of age and by virtue of its geographic placement at the equator, its natural resources and young population, Africa’s expected growth in the coming years may surpass expectations. With a claim as the birth place of humanity, it is separated from Israel by way of The Red Sea and the Suez Canal and it is home to Muslims, Christians, Hindus and B’hais, together with followers of Judaic traditions and traditional African rituals.
But, why is Africa important to America’s foreign policy?
For answer, look no further than Israel’s recent decision to curb immigration of African population into its soil. Recently, Israel announced its decision in spending substantial sums on building fences and detention centers and increased crackdown of companies who hire illegal aliens. In fact, Mr. Netanyahu declared that “. . . we will close business so that the enterprise known as The State of Israel does not close.” It is unclear how the enterprise of Israel can remain open if its businesses are closed, penalized or understaffed. Nonetheless, this decision appears to be without structural support in politics or in economics and it will, in the future, prove itself to be a dangerous policy.
At this time, the only way for the African population to expand is through the land and Israel is the closest. The reality is that Greece, Italy, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt cannot, politically or economically, absorb more incoming Africans. The recent Italian killing of two Senegalese street vendors is just one example. Mr. Netanyahu knows, through his dealings with the Palestinians that exclusion breeds discontent, resentment and suffocation which in turn will lead to explosion and spillage even if for no reason other than for erecting bulwark and building detention centers.
The inner countries of Chad, Congo, Sudan, Niger, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and those similarly situated, with no access to any of the African waterways, will demand and will take center stage in this speedy race to expand the geography of their African population. The prevailing famine renders African absorption of its own impossible. Movement of the population is inevitable
Clearly, safety of Israel, growth of the Middle East and vicariously, the well being of America, depend on stability in Africa. Israel’s inclusivity of the incoming will be highly instrumental in achieving stability in the African and the Asian continents. While Israel’s economic concerns regarding the influx of African immigrants are legitimate, there are no other options but leaving its borders open. The Africans crossing the borders will not remain in Israel, not all of them and not permanently. They will move into territories with which they have the most in common, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and beyond, into Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and perhaps as far as India. Israel can facilitate that through investing in the infrastructure of the travel through. Travelling Africans will neutralize the hot desert temperament and they will pave the way for expansion of business enterprises to meet the needs of the later arrived. It is prudent for Israel and for the United States to invest in and assist the expanding African population and related business enterprises in Israel and in the Middle East. Should the petulant Persians bring under control their myopic view of the Middle East, the bridge of immigration to progress and advancement can be built.
Fashioned as such, America will be guaranteed continued presence in the Middle East, this time as an economic facilitator.
Should Israel and America fail to facilitate the incoming, China will facilitate. Its Chinese-African trade deal is just one example. China’s investment in African infrastructure in exchange for exploration and drilling deals is attestation to the importance of Africa to the economy of the globe.
The future is borderless territories.
Perhaps the next American Secretary of State will also have the vision and the resolve and will possess the indefatigable drive to lead America’s foreign policies into the 21st century and beyond.
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