Netanyahu’s Rearguard War

PNN – Palestine News Network – 03.05.11 – 15:58

Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC)- Twenty five years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu and a relatively small group of neo-conservative thinkers invented the term “international terrorism” – which quickly morphed into “Islamic terrorism” – as the global enemy replacing the communist threat of the Cold War.

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Islrael’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu

The “war on terror” became a mantra for the one who would later become Israel’s prime minister, and it hasn’t changed to this day. Al Qaida has become, in the propaganda of the neo-conservatives, a code for a new international of terror and Osama Bin Laden (the creation of American imperialism) the global forces of darkness’ chief of staff. Under the heading of “Islamic terrorism” were placed organizations and regimes with no relation: the war against Iraq (which was planned well before 9/11) was justified by the attack on New York’s Twin Towers, even though every idiot knew there was no connection between Saddam Hussein’s regime and Al Qaida.

The never-ending global war of the neo-conservatives was a fiasco: Iraq became a nightmare for the United States, Afghanistan a quagmire, the Israeli attack in Lebanon a total failure, and the ongoing abuse of the Palestinians in Gaza has not weakened Hamas, but the opposite. The defeat of the American-Israeli neo-conservative strategy led to the fall of the neo-conservative government in the US and the birth of the Arab spring: the staunch allies of the United States, like Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, were deposed and the democratic wave in the Arab world is disrupting the region’s imperialist order. With the assassination of Osama Bin Laden the “global war on terror” loses a comfortable scarecrow and more than anything represents the end of the bloody neo-conservative adventure and the Bush-Netanyahu crusade against Muslims.

More than anything, the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas represents the new age, the post neo-conservative age, and the international recognition of this agreement further represents the collapse of Netanyahu’s strategy. The Israeli prime minister’s shouts concerning the blindness of the international community highlights the isolation of Israel, which looks increasingly like an island of aggressive insanity in a world that is attempting to replace the global war with other means, diplomatic and economic means, which will stop or at least slow the inevitable decline of the American empire.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are now conducting a rearguard war with the false hope of bringing the neo-conservative strategy back to the international agenda. The United States is, of course, interested in halting its decline in the region and to prevent losing all of its possessions here following the rising Arab revolution, but for this it must stop its unconditional support of Israel’s colonial policy. Obama knows this perfectly well, as testified to by his speech in Cairo more than one year ago. He knows but cannot, because in order to change Israeli policy he must bend Israel’s arm, which will weaken Israel (and thus the United States) in the region. As Ariel Sharon said, sometimes the tail (Israel) is able to wag the dog (United States). The veto imposed by Obama against the Security Council resolution condemning continued building of Israeli settlements testifies to this, but it also increases the debt of Israel to the United States, and sooner or later debts must be paid.

The appearance of new players in the region – China, India, Brazil – or those who had retreated for two decades (Russia) requires even more that the United States take far reaching initiatives in order to preserve its hegemony. Even Netanyahu understands that time is not on Israel’s side and that he has no choice but to attempt to shuffle the cards in the old Israeli way: a new military confrontation. However, this is the last thing that now interests the American government. Obama is able to rein in the most extreme government in Israel’s history. However, sometimes the tail can wag the dog.

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