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Will Zionism self-destruct?

In the summer following Israel's 2006 (unsuccessful) war on Hizbullah, Dick Cheney sat in his office loudly bemoaning Hizbullah's continuing strength; and worse still, that it seemed to him that Iran had been the primary beneficiary from the U.S. 2003 Iraq war.

Cheney's guest - the then Saudi Intelligence Chief, Prince Bandar - vigorously concurred (as chronicled by John Hannah, who participated in the meeting) and, to general surprise, Prince Bandar proclaimed that Iran yet could be cut to size: Syria was the `weak' link between Iran and Hizbullah that could be collapsed via an Islamist insurgency, Bandar proposed. Cheney's initial scepticism turned to elation as Bandar said that U.S. involvement would be unnecessary: He, Prince Bandar, would orchestrate and manage the project. `Leave it to me', he said.

Bandar separately told John Hannah: "The King knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria".

Thus began a new phase of attrition on Iran. The regional balance of power was to be decisively shifted towards Sunni Islam - and the region's monarchies.

That old balance from the Shah's time in which Persia enjoyed regional primacy was to be ended: conclusively, the U.S., Israel and the Saudi King hoped.

Iran - already badly bruised by the `imposed' Iran-Iraq war - resolved never again to be so vulnerable. Iran aimed to find a path to strategic deterrence in the context of a region dominated by the overwhelming air dominance enjoyed by its adversaries.

What occurred this Saturday 14 April - some 18 years later - therefore was of utmost importance.

Despite the bruhaha and distraction following Iran's attack, Israel and the U.S. know the truth: Iran's missiles were able to penetrate directly into Israel's two most sensitive and highly defended air bases and sites. Behind the whooping western rhetoric lies Israeli shock and fear. Their bases are no longer 'untouchable'.

Israel also knows - but cannot admit - that the so-called `assault' was no assault but an Iranian message to assert the new strategic equation: That any Israeli attack on Iran or its personnel will result in retribution from Iran into Israel.

This act of setting the new `balance of power equation' unites the diverse Fronts against the U.S.' "connivance with Israeli actions in the Middle East, that are at the core of Washington's policy - and in many ways the root-cause of new tragedies" - in the words of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Ryabkov.

The equation represents a key `Front' - together with Russia's war against NATO in Ukraine - for persuading the West that its exceptionalist and redemptive myth has proved to be a fatal conceit; that it must be discarded; and that deep cultural change in the West needs to happen.

The roots to this wider cultural conflict are deep - but finally have been made explicit.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 22nd, 2024 at 09:54:08 PM EST

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