US isolated on Jerusalem

It is unfortunate that the United States, the most powerful state in the world today, is isolated on the recognition of East Jerusalem as Israel newest capital. Muslim and Arab countries from Indonesia to Morocco denounced the decision. Further American friends and foes alike have almost criticized President Donald Trump’s decision with exceptionally harsh language. The European Union, along with Germany, Britain and France, as well the pope have denounced the decision.

This decision further isolates the US from the rest of the world. As with other issues such as climate change and global free trade agreements, Trump finds himself at odds with the international community.

Is this the symptom of a mighty power on a decline?

Undoubtedly, the American Century was the 20th century. After that, it seems things were bound to go downhill. Like fourth-century Romans and post-World War II Europeans, Americans are beginning to realize that they are no longer citizens of an unrivalled superpower. And they’re kind of freaking out about it.

What rises must fall. This seems to most of us almost as much a law in the field of geopolitics as it is in physics. Every country that has ever won an empire or a superpower status for itself has not lived forever. What afflicted Rome and any other empire that led to their demise is precisely self-evident in the US today: declining moral values and political civility at home, an overconfident and overextended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.

Let there be no mistake. We want to repeat it. The American people are great people. Their love of liberty and freedom made them what they are today. Many of their leaders are real leaders who produced more and more other good leaders. Every man or woman is given the opportunity to shine or succeed. (However, the exception was during the slavery period where every Black was treated as no human at all).

However, it is US’ policies anchored solely on capitalist agenda and free enterprise, which virtually is devoid of egalitarian considerations, doomed other players. The law of the jungle always favours the strong and mighty. Add the dominant foundation of every nation’s policy, “my country right or wrong,” it is no wonder why we are in a bad world today – as it had been practically before.

The truth is that the US can father an agreement to resolve the lingering Israeli-Palestinian. But in almost all occasions, it squandered that opportunity every time it presented itself. The reasons are many. One is the US economy is heavily Jewish, which spills over to influencing decisions and policies including foreign relations. Two, between Palestine and Israel, the latter is always the favourite. Three, Israel and US’ interests especially on global scope are almost identical particularly in combatting so-called hostile regimes as well as rising Islamist power in the Middle East. Third, the control of resources especially on oil can only be realized if the oil-producing states are played one against the other. The US needs an errand or clone for this. Israel fits this role perfectly so well. To ensure further, Israel must be the dominant power in the region; in fact, it is the only power here, let alone nuclear capability which has never been censured or investigated.