A Sudden Shift of the Tide

It is often said that left on her own, Israel does not need enemies. For the past two months we have been witnessing the reverse: The Middle East, Israel aside, has insurmountable problems. Neither the so-called “Arab-Israeli Conflict” nor the “Palestinian Problem” has anything to do with the Middle East upheaval.

It also became clear in Tahrir Square and later in Tripoli that the United States has much to do with what is taking place. Although it has not been shown the USA has instigated the so-called “Youth Uprising,” Obama and his Administration have taken a very active role in interfering, orchestrating and directing the events toward a “New Middle East.”

It was a few years ago that I had a very contentious discussion with a prominent Dutch businessman. While the disagreement was about Israel and her Muslim enemies, it was a comment made he made, that I dismissed initially, that left a lasting impression. “There is a very small group of people that control what is happening in the world, and their motive is simple: power and money.”

Normally I would have discounted this statement to a conspiracy theory not worthy of attention. The person, though, is a very rational businessperson to whom money (and power) are paramount. He would not treat such a thought lightly, nor would he utter it offhandedly.

As we look at the force with which the 2011 Tsunami is sweeping the Middle East, one is left at awe gaping at its strength: Iron clad grips of three and four decades crumble within two to three weeks, one country’s regime collapses after the next, nothing seems able to stop the advancing menace. Almost like a ferocious virus to which humanity has not yet devised an antidote.

Who may have introduced this virus? What is the end game? Are the specific hits targeting pipelines and refineries in Egypt and Iraq and the (current and planned) stop of flow of oil from the major producing countries incidental (i.e. designed by Al Qaeda or Iran) or part of the very plan to drive oil production to a halt, a point where the global economy will come to a stand still and collapse?

I am not going to venture a guess as to the mechanisms driving the current Storm of the Century. Instead, I would offer one course of action that has been advocated for a very long period of time, and I would end with a warning to all those who refuse to accept reality.

Rather than looking at designing a New Middle East, the USA should focus its resources and energy at finding an alternative to oil, one that can be implemented immediately. When a looming threat is so great and we are driven into a corner, it is then we use our ingenuity and everything good in America to come up with viable solutions.

An American Administration did exactly that and brought World War II to an end. A “zero sum game” threat balance was subsequently maintained for decades with the Soviet Union until President Reagan’s famous “Tear Down this Wall, Mr. Gorbachev” speech. The United States of America can undoubtedly do the impossible again, if we only possessed the impetus.

President Obama, it is time for a new Manhattan Project.

The warning is to President Obama too, for there are still nine months and a year left in his presidency. The Tsunami sweeping the Middle East could be your finest hour. It is now time to prepare for a shift in the tide, from calls to “Democracy” to “Death to America.”

Decades of hatred toward everything Western do not abate in a historical second. The Friday sermons over the loudspeakers in the mosques throughout the Middle East and on their 24 hours a day TV broadcasting cannot dissipate into nothing overnight. The sediment and hatred already exist and are ready to explode.

President Obama seems to light more matches, rather than diffusing the threat, getting involved in the very actions from which we must stay distanced. His actions, slight flip-flopping style and conflicting voices speaking on behalf of America seem to indicate an immature, unprofessional approach. It is the behavior of one who has not yet mastered international diplomacy and refuses to recognize Middle Eastern culture and mentality. It is American diplomacy at its worse.

The Presidential matches may not create the explosion. Something else will trigger it. But at that very moment, all the hatred-some admittedly justified-toward those decades-long rulers will turn on America and its Zionist Advance Force on the Ground, Israel.

There is nothing more galvanizing in the Middle East than shared hatred of the West. Let us remember that basic fact, or we will pay a high price for our forgetfulness.

Ari Bussel
In the series "Postcards from Israel," Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel's on the ground, Zager's counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related - the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts - and so is this "point - counter-point" presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.