This question has been increasingly nagging at me for a long time, ever since the year 2000 when I took a serious interest in both the four-decade long plight of the occupied Palestinians and the farcical Bush election.
I’ve watched the almost daily atrocities being carried out in
At various times, I’ve wondered about the implications of the close, incestuous yet sometimes strained Judeo-Christian connection between the
Please consider the following: both countries are entirely motivated by self-interest and will use any means to achieve their aims. Both countries have lots of nuclear weapons and sophisticated delivery systems. Both countries are aggressively militaristic and, at the drop of a hat, will seek to solve or get rid of problems using brute force. Both countries are imperialistic and think nothing of invading and occupying other people’s lands and killing, imprisoning or torturing their citizens. Both countries have a strong, underlying religious framework one that, on the surface, may appear to be convivial, but one that has serious theological differences. Both countries have their fair share of religious fundamentalists and fanatics. Both countries, for different reasons, believe that they should occupy a special place in the world.
Consider also that
Consider also that
What is going to happen when America finally realises that its support of Israel is costing it dearly in terms of world opinion and prestige and, importantly, regional opinion and support (remember the oil is in Arab countries NOT Israel)? It’s entirely possible that, as it’s done many times to many countries,
Of course, initially,
I can see the situation arising in the future whereby Israel, should someone like Netanyahu be in charge, seeing its ‘dream’ being threatened, will, perhaps as a last resort, threaten to nuke America (remember that Israel was strongly rumoured to be ready to use atomic weapons in 1967 if the Six-day War had gone badly!).
Well, that is the scenario I fear. What the outcome would be is anyone’s guess but, if I had to bet, I’d say that, humans being what they are, fanaticism may well triumph over commonsense.
P.S. Of course, if