To my mind, John Bolton is the smartest, most astute foreign policy commentator. His recent article in the NY Post reminds those who forgot.
All the other regional problems would still exist even if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got his fondest wish and Israel disappeared from the map: Iran’s nuclear-weapons program, its role as the world’s central banker for terrorism, the Sunni-Shiite conflict within Islam, Sunni terrorist groups like al Qaeda and other regional ethnic, national and political animosities would continue as threats and risks for decades to come.
Instead, the US focus should be on Iran and the manifold threats it poses to Israel, to Arab states friendly to Washington and to the United States itself – but that is not to be.
President Obama argues that he will deal comprehensively with the entire region. Rhetoric is certainly his specialty, but in the Middle East rhetoric only lasts so long. Performance is the real measure – and the administration’s performance to date points in only one direction: pressuring Israel while wooing Iran.
In this article, Bolton points out the obvious: Obama & Europe pressure Israel because they are the most reasonable party in this debate. I mean, they could try and put the screws to Hamas & Hezbollah, but those guys only respond to one type of pressure–the type of pressure they then artfully manipulate to make themselves appear to be the injured party (read: placing military/missile installations under & near schools & hospitals; wait for Israel to do something about it; cry “civilian massacre” and “humanitarian crisis”; watch as the liberal mainstream media & useful idiots in the US & Europe dutifully repeat this manufactured & farcical reality).
The other point I want to draw out is this: Just because the aggressor repeats their rationale for wanting to exterminate a country lots and lots of times does not make what they say true. Whatever their imagined insult emanating from the existence of Israel, rest assured that this is pure pretext.
That’s not to say that the average Arab-on-the-street doesn’t believe it to be so–in fact, I know they do–their mind-slave-masters in control of Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc., count on it.
So long as these grievance groups (they operate from basically the same public relations play book as Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson–only with violence added to the mix) can keep the focus on Israel, the United States, & (insert latest conspiracy involving Western powers), the oppressed populace will continue to ignore the fact that their “leaders” pocket all the “aid” (see Yasser Arafat) that comes from the West they are supposed to hate so much. Meanwhile, for them, everything remains the same–no peace, no prosperity, no democracy, no nothing.
These conflicts and imagined grievances are not for the benefit of the average Palestinian, they are to keep tyrants in charge and money in their pockets.
Want to know why there’s no peace in the Middle East?
Ask yourself: Who has the most to lose were peace to break out between Israel and her neighbors?
Now you know why.
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