By Jaffer Ali
A publication of hard-hitting essays approximately one of many severe worldwide conflicts of our time. Writes writer Jaffer Ali: "The Palestinian fight is de facto a human person who transcends Palestine. . . there is not any longer a spot for Zionism within the twenty first Century. . . so long as there's any kingdom within the center East that defines citizenship via racial, ethnic or spiritual categorization, there'll by no means be a long-lasting peace. "If the preferred will have been expressed in all the oil regimes, it really is most probably that oil and gasoline will be used as a weapon to discourage US army may possibly. no less than, those assets will be applied for the advance of the region's financial system. shortly the mixed GNP of twenty-two Arab nations equals that of Spain, even supposing over 1/2 the entire world's oil sits in a variety of deserts. The oil could benefit a handful of leaders and their prolonged households, yet over eighty five% of the sector lives less than the poverty line.
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The past gulf in perceptions between the US and the rest of the world is striking. When Palestinians seek arms to protect themselves, in the US and Israel this was perceived somehow as illegitimate. Outside the US and Israel, securing the means to launch an armed resistance is not only seen as legitimate, but heroic. So we have these two antithetical perceptions that are sweeping in nature. But trouble is afoot with the present Israeli perception. The US and Israeli versions of reality are beginning to diverge.
Israel can no longer control the fundamental framework of discourse. In short, the basic question of Occupation’s morality can no longer be put off. In the first eight months of this uprising, Israeli Occupation Forces have injured over 17,000 Palestinians, 31% under the age of fifteen. Supporters of Israel are uncharacteristically befuddled. As long as they controlled the parameters of debate, they were comfortable. But now they find themselves trying to defend policies of collective punishment, where entire Palestinian villages are under siege.
But at the heart of the theory is political naïveté. It is politically naïve to believe that American policy serves foreign interests over its own. From the time of Sparta, the Roman Empire, Ottomans, Dutch, Spanish and British Empires, foreign policy has always been about economic advantage. It has always been thus... and always will be...