Conflict in the Middle East has once again come to the world’s attention.
However, the U.S.government, specifically the Pentagon (which holds the true reigns of power in government) and its ally Israel get quite a lot of mileage from a Middle East in constant turmoil.
The Pentagon wants global dominance and Israel wants to have full control and occupation over Palestine, which means a tumultuous Middle East. And the whole world pays for their hegemonic desires: Without peace in Palestine, the Middle East goes without peace; without peace in the Middle East, the world goes without peace; without peace, our future is in jeopardy.
In order to realize the goal of having the Jewish people in full possession of all of Palestine, or the Promised Land, early Jewish settlers engaged in the exact same terrorism that some Palestinian groups are now using to fight for their freedom from Israeli oppression. And in order for Israel to continue committing territorial theft on the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the violence of ethnic cleansing takes place: Palestinians homes bulldozed for more settlements, roadblocks to make movement difficult, fences between farmers and their groves, and the ongoing harassment of all Palestinians in many forms.
This ethnic cleansing would be glaringly apparent -- unable to be camouflaged as self-defense and fighting terrorism, as it is today -- if the Middle East was calm and Palestinians weren’t aping terrorist tactics that were used by early Jewish settlers last century.
Secondly, the Pentagon is happy at the lack of peace in the Middle East because if that geopolitically strategic region is not at peace, then the world is not at peace. And if the word is not at peace, then Americans can be frightened into thinking they need a huge and powerful military to protect them and their "interests." Those interests are often government or corporate interests, and, hence, people come to believe they need a bloated military budget and military bases in over 100 nations, poised to clamp down on anyone who dares take a stand against U.S. hegemony -- something that would be hard to justify to the electorate in a peaceful world.
Is it coincidental that the U.S.government -- with the backing of the all-powerful Pentagon, who depends on regional instability for those aforementioned hegemonic reasons -- funds Israel’s destabilizing occupation of the West Bank with $10 billion annually?
Is it coincidental that the U.S.government uses its permanent membership on the UN Security Council to protect Israel from the UN resolutions it ignores, allowing the nation to thumb its nose at the international community?
With a Middle East in turmoil, Israel has been able to carefully craft a public image of being a defenseless Jewish nation just trying to defend themselves from the Palestinians and Muslims, and therefore are able to hide the territorial theft of Palestinian land.
The Pentagon is able to hide their own desire for dominance, on a global level, under the guise of merely protecting America from the wolves at the door. It’s all fascism. It’s desire for control hidden under false premises. The American and Israeli people, albeit the people of the world who all depend on the Middle East achieving peace, suffer from the desire for power of a few greedy people and groups.
Jason V. Francis