Israel in a Post-American Era
(The American Conservative) -- by Patrick J. Buchanan --
In 1918, the United States proved militarily decisive in the defeat of the Kaiser’s Germany and emerged as first power on earth.
World War II, ending in 1945, produced two truly victorious nations, the Soviet Union of Joseph Stalin and the America of Harry Truman.
Out of the Cold War that lasted from Truman to the disintegration of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of Ronald Reagan’s term came a lone victor: the last superpower, the United States.
Who emerged triumphant from the post-Cold War era, 1991-2011?
Indisputably, it is China, whose 10-12 percent annual growth vaulted her past Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Japan to become the world’s second largest economy and America’s lone rival for first manufacturing power.
If we use a metric called “purchasing power parity,” China overtakes America in 2016. Says the International Monetary Fund, the American era is over.
Strategically, too, the United States seems in retreat, nowhere more so than in that region that was the focus of George W. Bush’s “global democratic revolution.” And no nation reflects more the relative loss of U.S. power and influence than does Israel, whose isolation is today unprecedented.
A decade ago, Turkey, a NATO ally of 50 years, was a quiet friend and partner to Israel. Today, the Palestinians in Gaza view the Turks as among their staunchest friends in the Middle East.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt scrupulously adhered to the terms of his predecessor’s peace treaty with Israel and maintained the western end of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Since he fell, the interim Egyptian regime has midwifed a unity government of Fatah and Hamas, moved to establish diplomatic relations with Tehran for the first time since the fall of the Shah and begun to lift the Gaza blockade. September’s elections are almost guaranteed to deliver to parliament a huge if not controlling bloc from the Muslim Brotherhood.
While the Brotherhood appears to be the strongest party in Egypt, it has held back from openly seeking the presidency or absolute power in the legislature. It appears to be playing a waiting game. After them, us.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader who had looked to President Obama to bring a halt to new Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and preside over peace talks, appears to have given up on the Americans.
Though the beneficiary of hundreds of millions in U.S. aid, he has entered a coalition with his old enemy Hamas, and together — if they can stay together — they plan to seek recognition of an independent Palestine by vote of the U.N. General Assembly in September.
The likelihood is that the overwhelming majority, including many of America’s allies, will vote to recognize Palestine and seat it in the General Assembly, where it can make demands on Israel, backed by U.N. sanctions, to terminate its occupation and vacate its national territory.
The General Assembly resolution will set as the borders of Palestine those that existed between 1948 and 1967. But, today, beyond those borders live no fewer than 500,000 Israeli Jews.
While the United States vetoed a recent Security Council resolution condemning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s continued expansion of settlements, we have no veto in the General Assembly. If Obama opposes the U.N. resolution, we and Israel will stand virtually alone...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
It seems that the Defective Generation (as epitomized by Cheney-Bush-Clintons) traded in the remnants of anti-Communism for pro-Zionism. What a fatal error, not so much for itself (it certainly managed to stuff itself fat in the process of plundering the country for Zionism), but for generations of Americans to come.
The irony is that the Judeofascists who orchestrated the shell-game switch on these self-serving buffoons and chicken hawks (who preened as oh-so-macho when they went blundering into the Middle East) are the same culture that originally invented Communism in the first place, also to serve Jewry's interests. And really, how "anti-Communist" was it to go into the Middle East and attempt to socially engineer a whole new civilization at gunpoint, all to be policed by a Keynesian, Big Government leviathan?
With complete idiots and narcissists like the Defective Generation running the country for the last 25 years, is it any wonder America fumbled away its sole superpower status so quickly?
James [in article comments]: “Bless Israel and be blessed. Curse Israel and be cursed.”
Given America’s steep moral, cultural, economic and political decline since embracing an “Israel-first” identity, I’d say the opposite is true.
Of course, traditional Christians already knew that. It’s these opportunistic, charlatan neo-Christians (many of whom simply use Christianity to cover their money-worshipping or government-worshipping character) who are part and parcel of the Zionist swindle who’ve been preaching this poisonous Israel-first propaganda for years.
Let’s take Christianity, and America, back from the frauds, charlatans, and swindlers.