Nowhere in the world is that scenario better exemplified than in the oil rich region of the Middle East. In our John Hughes movie, Saudi Arabia is the rich asshole. The country is one of the leadinghuman rights abusers in the world, yet the US is so reliant on their oil reserves that US Presidents have been known to literally play kissy face with its leaders.
Then we have Israel, our smart but very complicated friend. Perhaps it’s my Jewish heritage, but unlike many liberals, I don’t view Israel and in particular, Israelis, as two dimensional villains. Even if I were to label Israel as the intruders in the region, the vast majority of living Israelis have known only one home: the state that we currently call Israel. In many ways, the argument that we (rightfully) use to defend Palestinians can be used to defend Israelis; they are fighting for their very literal homes.
That being said, the human rights abuses against Palestinians cannot be excused. America’s support of Israel should not be unconditional. We should not be supplying the weaponry. Is it any wonder that people who feel forced to resort to rogue warfare (aka terrorism) turn their sites westward, toward the Sleeping Giant?
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