By Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss
Some day historians will scratch their heads over the fact that for the better part of 20 years U.S. presidents were engaged as a leading foreign policy question in how to restrain Iran, a small country half the world away that has not attacked the U.S., that does not have nuclear weapons, that is the seat of ancient civilization, and whose contribution to regional instability doesn’t look any worse than Israel’s or Saudi Arabia’s.
It is hard to see any American interest at all in Iran, and yet four presidents have now expended an immense amount of political capital on the country.
The answer to this question is actually simple. It is in Israel’s interest for the U.S. to treat Iran as a supposed “existential” threat to the world. Having the U.S. so engaged in Israel’s cold war with Iran serves Israel by keeping the world’s attention on a supposed dire threat to world peace instead of on the Israeli apartheid system for Palestinians. And it serves a master Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu in his effort to stay in power and out of jail by manufacturing one enemy after another and bragging of his closeness to an American president.
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