“‘Blind Spot’ on Palestine is consistent feature of US policy for past century
Opinion Josh Ruebner on June 5, 2019 0 Comments”
Yes, of course, but when have empires been free of blind spots?
It just cannot happen, or you wouldn’t build an empire in the first place.
And Israel is effectively an American colony in the Middle East. A rather specialized one, but still a colony.
It serves virtually all the purposes of a colony, and it is heavily subsidized as are most colonies.
It truly has very little meaning as an independent state because it really is not one.
That, too, is an illusion, just like the Republican-Democrat divide inside America.
Note that both those parties embrace Israel as if it were a region of the United States.
All while claiming some kind of humanitarian credit for helping Jewish people who have been so abused in the past.
Of course, few remember that America was no help at all to the people abused by Hitler and indeed shared, to a considerable extent, his views, albeit in somewhat attenuated terms.
And the politicians who do this, all while collecting substantial political benefits in terms of campaign funds and press support, offer a kind of reimbursed humanitarianism, you might cynically say.
The Israel Lobby in America, many members of it I think, secretly do remember what America was really like and that is part of why they work so hard to maintain the present set of arrangements which benefit Israel.
So, we have a kind of secret political pact in which Israel gets to continue with its show of being a strong independent state so long as it serves American imperial interests. American politicians, individually and not by party, support the arrangement so long as it assists their careers, as it currently very much does.
Groups and lobbies inside the United States do their best to keep the arrangement going.
Every once in a while, the arrangements are threatened by events, as when Israel attacked the USS Liberty in the Six Day War or today, in a more peripheral fashion, when Saudi Arabia’s blood-drenched Crown Prince – a much-beloved figure in both Israel and establishment Washington – was caught, more or less red-handed, having a prominent journalist cut into pieces while still alive.
When these kinds of events happen, every covert effort is made to restore arrangements and pretend nothing untoward has happened. But it may not always work out that way, as we have yet to see in the case of the Crown Prince. There is fragility in arrangements involving so many differing objectives.