In search of an Abrahamic dialogue (part 1 of 3)

Forget the “Roadmap”… or any other illusory plan for Middle East peace that might originate in this present White House. No matter what “good intentions” might go into its framework, any plan drafted there is likely to fail in the long term… even if it did carry the temporary blessing of much of the world, and had the makings of a possible Nobel Peace Prize for George W. Bush.

Let’s face it, constitutionally the US may be considered a republic with democratic secular roots… but its current leadership sees the nation in a much different light. Not just the political leadership, but also the cultural-economic leadership; the power base that truly defines America inside out.

This leadership sets the tone for Americans to feel deservingly good, a truly chosen people- whether by divine design or the merits accrued by their creativity and a much touted work-ethic. Of late, the term “Judeo-Christian nation” seems to be gaining wide acceptance, forgetting, if not casting aside, other groups that have contributed in their own measure to make the US what it is today. It would not be difficult to argue that, culturally, the two religions-cultures have jointly provided the landscape for much of today’s American panorama… in a quantum way.

America , by virtue of its economic and military might, could prove to be an ideal arbiter to many a dispute in the world… but only if it could act with unquestionable neutrality, if not Solomonic wisdom. Unfortunately, such neutrality would be hard to come by when economic and cultural interests continually lobby for prejudicial decisions, and help elect the politicians that will carry them out. And that has been precisely the case with the Israel-Palestine affair.

As much as many Americans have wished in good faith for a solution to the Middle East situation, there has always been an invisible barrier impeding such hoped-for neutrality. That force majeure has emerged from the enmeshment of Judaic culture in every aspect of American life. There aren’t any nooks or crannies in the makeup of this nation, be it in art, commerce, education, entertainment, journalism, law, literature, medicine, music, politics, or any other endeavor, that lack a Jewish imprint… often, a major Jewish imprint!

But if Jewish influence in America is high, it is not so without merit or reason. The level of influence may be deemed by some critics as disproportionably high, but it also must be said that so is the contribution provided by a group that represents less than three percent of the nation’s population… a silent quid pro quo that few Americans question. Something which is evidenced from the patriotic sentimentality in America’s de-facto national anthem, “God Bless America,” written by a Jew, to the ever-present reality of the quantifiably large economic, cultural and political power held by American Jews.

Palestinians, and their coreligionists, live in a cloud of make-believe if they are pinning their hopes in America to help them achieve an equitable peace… and in total folly if they think for a moment that the Bush administration in Washington will look at their plight with favor or impartiality. Perhaps with time, and the rehabilitation of its progressive conscience, America can shed its prejudices and become a wiser, more neutral arbiter. For now, however, America ’s role should be that of a concerned participant, but not the key peacemaker; certainly not the nation providing what might be viewed, rightly or wrongly, as a kangaroo court favoring Israel .

But America does not have to provide the principal guidance for peace in the Middle East ...

One-half of the world population is said to follow Abrahamic theism; if not with the religiosity demanded of true believers, at least culturally. Well over three-thousand million people! Doesn’t it make sense to draw from this common cultural-theistic DNA, carried by half the people on this earth, to search for peace? Don’t we struggle enough within ourselves, in our personal jihad against base instincts and desires, to have to cope with external conflict among our latter-day tribes?

No… we don’t need Jewish, Christian or Muslim acolytes to become either warriors or martyrs for peace. Our quest should be to find men of reason who, inspired by the commonality in their faiths and love of their people, can come forward and become God’s conduit of mercy, and the gift of terrene peace for all; from the least to the most deserving among Abraham’s children.

If Abraham’s faith and obedience rendered him deserving in the eyes of God, couldn’t an offering of dialogue by his children please and honor that same and only God?