Just when it became
patently obvious that the tail was in complete control of the dog (i.e., Israel
in control of US Middle East policy), the dog has decided to try to reassert
control over its nether appendage.
Since the days of
Reagan, the Jewish lobby in Washington (and every nook and cranny in the US)
has wielded more and more power, until with AIPAC, PNAC (Project for a new
American century), 911 and Iraq, it took complete control of US foreign policy,
getting Washington to wage open war against Israel's greatest enemy: Islam.
US vs USSR/Islam
The ghost of Reagan
is haunting us for another reason. His war against the Soviet Union as 'Evil
Empire' was successful beyond his wildest dreams, resulting in its collapse.
This shining hour (in fact a tragedy, but leave that aside for now) has been
the inspiration of hawks ever since, and is the template for the neocon war
against Islam and the 'Axis of Evil' today. The idea is a massive arms
build-up, active subversion, invasion where possible -- all this will bring
about the collapse of the current enemy, in this case Islam.
The USSR and Islam
represent(ed) the same anti-imperialist challenge to US (now USreali) imperialism
which it was/is not able to co-opt, as it was in the case of the 'Christian'
'West.' So it was/is necessary to destroy these obstacles. Reagan's strategy
worked in the case of the USSR, which was not so resistant to US imperialism as
its ideology made it out to be. It was in decline, and was vulnerable to the
seductive materialism of the West. It only needed a naive leader and a push and
a shove to fall into the US embrace.
Fast forward to
Reagan's reincarnation. Israel now in complete control in Washington. The idea
behind Washington's 1998 blueprint for the future -- PNAC -- was much the same
as Reagan's: topple the remaining (Muslim) states resisting USrael. Finish the
job that Reagan started (and Bush senior refused to complete). The idea was
that the latest invasion of Iraq would go like clockwork, creating another US
puppet Muslim state friendly to Israel, put paid to the Palestinian resistance,
and allow USrael to wage further wars against other 'Evil Axis' enemies of
Israel, namely Iran and Syria.
Dog turns tail (or rather 'Tail turns dog')
But things didn't
pan out so well. Iraq proved a harder nut to crack than the USSR, and the
Palestinians elected a vigorous anti-Israel government, Hamas, that USrael long
has labelled a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, Iran elected a fiery
anti-Zionist leader and has helped keep the political playing field in Iraq --
both government and resistance -- solidly anti-Zionist.
Olmert, thinking he could do in Lebanon what the US was unable to do in Iraq,
ended up repeating the exact same mistakes as the US in Iraq, not to mention in
Israel's own previous invasions of Lebanon. And as a result that pesky
Hezbollah has managed to do what no one else has been able to do: put the fear
of God back into the 'Chosen People.' This is indeed the turning point for the
USreali vision, but not the one foreseen by PNAC. The failure of Israel to tame
Hezbollah, coming on the heels of the failure of the US to tame Iraq, signals
the death knell of PNAC and the neocons. But it turns out the Washington ear is
deaf to this sweet music.
A normal US
administration would have noticed the egg on Israel's face, heard the call, and
helpfully sponsored a 'stiff' UN resolution ordering Israel out after a week of
devastation, which of course would allow another week for Israel to delay,
reluctantly pull out, and assuage the world community, which, in turn, would be
left to clean up the mess without so much as a howdy-do from Israel.
But this is no
ordinary US administration. It actually believes the Christian-Zionist
apocalyptic nonsense about WWIII and the end of the world, and far from seeing
the bits of egg as a call for help, has decided to egg Israel on, so to
speak, letting it continue to wreak havoc, carpet bomb civilians, painting
itself into a corner, as the US prepares to launch wars according to the now
dog-eared PNAC schedule: Syria and Iran.
A nice irony --
still flush with its success against the USSR and inspired by loony Christian
Zionists, the US regains control of Middle East policy by out-Izzying Israel,
by serving up a clumsy parody of Likud. What Izzy wanted deep-down (and
desperately needs) was a face-saving slap on the wrist. By being given carte
blanche to continue its blitzkreig and being respectfully consulted on the
UN resolution, it's just digging itself deeper and deeper into its blood-soaked
We can now witness
a true miracle: Israel as the wise elder statesman (its inner petulant child
still intact, of course) in this dance of death, with the US appearing to take
control of the strings (the screams in Lebanon are really just Condi's 'birth
pangs') in order to complete the PNAC scenario come hell or high water. Whether
or not this really proves the dog has retaken control of its tail, I'll leave
up to you. Whatever. This multiplying of the USraeli quagmires still represents
a truly breath-taking moment in history, though, unfortunately, we may
literally end up never taking another breath.
Simon Jones is a freelance
journalist. He is interested in the post-Soviet Union, the Middle East and much more. Email
him at email@example.com.