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A Common Interest of Mutual Respect of Other's Rights to Sovereignty - Survival

Reader comment on item: [Symposium on] The U.S. and Israel
in response to reader comment: What common interests ?

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Mar 9, 2012 at 16:17

A common interest for any nation is to survive and if possible, do so with commonality of interests of neighbors. In the case of the United States, by virtue of siding with Israel in the rebirthing of a Jewish nation in 1948, the United States was inexorably linked in the fundamentalist Muslim with Israel, a commonality with a value too few appreciate. That the common interest is intrinsic on many levels, there are substantial pragmatic reasons to 'look out for each others back.'

War in the Middle East is a fact of life; that hostilities are part and parcel of living in a region that has long histories of tribal and feudal antipathies over borders, resources and water rights. Granted, not until the emergence of oil as a resource is a relatively recent development in the epochal scheme of things, water on the other hand has been the very reason of life. Color this religiously for the underlying strife that goes to the time of the ancients of the Israelites and their 'neighbors,' and one gets into a complex human fabric of philosophic differences that have defied peaceful terms from the ancient feuds.

So how does a nation from around the world that has enough power to exert an undue influence in places many can hardly spell let alone understand the underlying causes strife have anything in common with a speck of land like Israel? Because, it is not due merely to human rationale and reason, but of a relationship made of a more transcendental nature, of an understanding by some that if the United States does fail Israel, Israel will still make it s way through the threat of fire and brimstone and those who do not honor her in her quest for parity in a world gone awry will be consumed in their lost cause; and that's the common interest of survival that the United States of America should be seeking and not the posturing that requires the greasing of oil money interests.

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