For more than a while, America’s leadership has been in a clear state of detachment and alienation. Instead of looking after America’s national interests, like other Western democracies, it is torn between opposing lobby interests and marginal pressure groups. I guess that no superpower can maintain its hegemony under such circumstances. Accordingly, America, in its attempt to appease many conflicting lobbies, conveys a growing hesitance that has led into political impotence and a diplomatic standstill.I guess that the meaning of it all is pretty devastating: Western democracies are becoming lethal instruments easily manipulated by foreign interests and ethnic lobbies. We are basically taken into wars by our elected politicians, because some other people expect us to do so. Yet when our leaders launch criminal wars they actually incriminate not just themselves, but each and every one of us.
The meaning of it is simple: every act of attempted aggression by our democratically elected leaders, must be subject to public scrutiny and an open political discussion. Obama and Cameron should present the exact reasoning that led them to decide upon a military action. They should present a smoking gun that links Assad to the chemical attack on his people. It is not enough for us to learn that the White House has managed to convince itself that Assad is a war criminal. I guess the fact that Bush and Blair have never been brought to The Hague has something to do with our leaders’ dismissal of international law.Yesterday evening, when it looked as if an American attack on Syria was imminent and just a matter of hours away, Britain managed to save the situation - it gave president Obama a rope, it allowed him a bit more time to reconsider his action. It may even be possible that Britain followed Obama’s request. Someone in Britain must have realized that launching a war while the UN team is still investigating, would be hard if not impossible to justify afterwards. Clearly, the timing of the British decision to postpone the attack was crucial, yet, in order to save our civilization, we must form the necessary political instruments that would prevent our politicians from dragging us into foreign conflicts and world wars against our will and without our consent.
[box type = " info " font = " verdana " fontsize = " 12 " radius = " 10 "]Gilad Atzmonis an Israeli - born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer. Atzmon ' s albumExilewas BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Also, being a prolific writer, Atzmon ' s essays are widely published. His novelsGuide to the perplexedandMy One And Only Lovehave been translated into 24 languages. Gilad ' s latest book,The Wandering Who?is a study of Jewish Identity politics.[/ box]