" The Americans and Europeans now scramble to constrain Israel, lest it enflame Arab nationalism and Islamist sensibilities beyond all manageability."
As if the contradictions of U.S. Middle East policy were not already acute enough, the Israelis now force their putrid selves into the maelstrom. Israel's murderous assault on Gaza threatens to unravel the Salafist-Qatari-Saudi-NATO axis, for one simple and irreducible reason: there is no place for the racist settler state in this post-Arab Spring equation. Which explains why Israel has chosen to make its presence so dramatically felt at this time -- why it initiated the current crisis with its assassination of Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari , last week, setting off the Palestinian rocket barrage.
The Israelis do not see themselves at the center of Washington's evolving strategy for continued western hegemony in the Middle East, and are forcing the issue in the usual manner: by killing Palestinians. The Americans and Europeans now scramble to constrain Israel, lest it enflame Arab nationalism and Islamist sensibilities beyond all manageability, wrecking the fragile political configurations the West has constructed since the fall of Egypt's Mubarak, the war on Libya and the torture of Syria.
Washington understands that it cannot successfully channel a holy war against Syria's Alawite President Assad and Shiite Iran while its "unshakeable ally," the Jewish State, wages war on Palestinian Sunnis. It is a fatal contradiction in a region that, only two years ago, seemed to be slipping from the West's grasp. U.S. imperialism finds itself in deep crisis in the world's most volatile, and energy-rich, region.
Meanwhile, South Carolina Black congressman James Clyburn is deeply worried about the racial implications of Republican claims that Susan Rice is not "competent" or "qualified" to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. For Clyburn, this represents a grave problem for Black America. It is actually a perfect measure of how irrelevant the Black Misleadership Class has become to the burning issues facing mankind.
BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
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