As mentioned in previous blog posts, international affairs dilemmas or international affairs problems can be delineated into what are known as “concentric circles.” Thus, there is a core circle and problem, a middle circle and problem, and a peripheral circle and problem. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is a middle problem and it belongs to the middle circle, whereas competition between the United States and China is a peripheral problem and it constitutes the peripheral circle. The core problem, however, is how Israel relates to the rest of the Middle East. Therefore, until the core problem is resolved – namely, the problem of how Israel relates to the rest of the Middle East – then the middle and peripheral problems will not go away, and the middle and peripheral problems will be amplified by the core problem or core “concentric circle.”
Also, the past twenty years showed that U.S. foreign policy merely exacerbates this core problem of international affairs, namely, the problem of Israel’s relation to the rest of the Middle East. A modern-day crusade on the part of Washington throughout the region not only exacerbated the core circle or problem, but the exacerbation of this core problem through Washington’s actions and approach now has direct effects on the middle and peripheral “circles” or problems we witness now. “Isolating” Vladimir Putin does not isolate the core issues or the core problems. Eventually, the core issues and problems of international affairs cannot be dealt with in isolation from the middle and peripheral problems we are witnessing now, such as the Russia and Ukraine conflict and so forth.
Washington’s one-sided approach towards the issue of how Israel relates to the broader Middle East is also unexplainable and it makes absolutely no sense to the rest of the world. No one understands why Washington is willing to isolate itself on this issue within the international community, while virtually the entire international community has a meeting of the minds on this particular issue. The only thing that can perhaps explain Washington’s one-sided approach towards the issue of how Israel relates to the rest of the Middle East is religious extremism and a crusader mentality that stems from the origins of America, whereby the dregs of European society who fled European modernity came to the ‘New World’ in order to preserve their puritanical and extreme ways while committing genocide against Native Americans in order to do so.
Thus, at the heart of the core problem of international affairs is Washington’s crusader, puritanical, and genocidal mentality and tendencies, which were demonstrated towards Native Americans in the past and which were on full-blown display at the beginning of the 21st century in the Middle East. “Isolating” Vladimir Putin on his approach towards Ukraine is one thing. But Washington is isolating itself from the rest of the world on the issue of how Israel relates to the broader Middle East. Ultimately, everyone is isolated in one way or another, and everyone has to stand alone at the end of the day when it comes to determining and defending their interests. But on some issues, there is a consensus, and this is one of them.
In addition to losing support for its one-sided approach towards the issue of how Israel relates to the rest of the Middle East amongst the global community, Washington is beginning to lose support for its approach among Western audiences as well. Sami al-Arian, a Palestinian-American professor who was sent to exile by the neocon inquisition at the beginning of the 21st century, said in an interview: “What’s happening is that Palestinian people are resisting fiercely, unfortunately alone. And they have been able to raise the world’s consciousness towards their plight.” Al-Arian added: “What we are seeing today is that there is a major shift in many capitals around the world, particularly, among people and the youth, rejecting this Zionist apartheid regime and ethnic cleansing that is taking place today in Palestine.” Richard Falk, who is a Jewish-American professor at Princeton University, also said in the same interview: “Israel has already long lost the main legal and moral arguments, almost acknowledging this interpretation by their defiant way of changing the subject with reckless accusations of antisemitism.”
Along with the damning Amnesty International report which came out on February 1 of this year, even the United Nations – which is the sample that best represents global public opinion on the issue of Israel and Palestine – came to the conclusion that: “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” Thus, Washington is on the losing side of the core issue or problem of international affairs, and it remains to be seen how long Washington is willing to alienate and isolate itself from the rest of the world on this issue before it loses the battle over hearts and minds. And as Falk concluded in his interview: “It seems appropriate to recall Gandhi’s famous observation along these lines: ‘first, they ignore you, then they insult you, then they fight you, then you win.’”