The US in Global Decline
Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 19th February, 2011
The decision by the Obama administration to veto a UN Security Council resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank – a resolution that every other Council member, including Britain, had backed — is a telling confirmation that Washington has lost the plot. It seems blind to what is happening across North Africa and the Middle East, being behind the curve with people’s movements there, and increasingly being seen by the Arab world as trapped in its determination to act accordingly to what is best for the Israel government and its colonial policies. But Washington is not only ever more isolated on the international stage. It is showing itself to be increasingly impotent, while still acting as if it were the undisputed Leader of the World. Instead of building alliances with other countries — especially the emerging economies, including Brazil, China and China — it is alienating them. Moreover, the ultimate irony is that by doing nothing concrete to prevent Israel for continuing to annex not just East Jerusalem but ever larger pockets of the West Bank, the US is helping make a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine impossible. And any future single country of Israel-Palestine would have to be secular and multi-cultural, which would mean an end to any Jewish state, forever.