Will BRICS act to save Palestine?
US anti-imperialists have to stop excusing other countries from their responsibilities.
The anti-imperialist analysis of Israel’s war against Palestine has, in the United States at least, devolved into three basic claims:
The United States is actively abetting Israel’s war on Palestine and is unlikely to stop anytime soon. Every supposed “pushback” on Israel’s warcrimes by US officials has been tepid, qualified, and directly contradicted by their willingness to continue backing the war effort. Even Bernie Sanders, who was long the standard-bearer for socialism in the US, refuses to call for a ceasefire.
We must do absolutely everything within our power to stop this genocide. It is so morally odious that there is no form of resistance to it that should be considered out of bounds.
Americans must focus on the role their own government can play in this war and have no right to expect other nations to act.
The third point, in part, expresses what I have elsewhere called the Chomsky PR strategy: the idea that Americans have a special responsibility for the crimes of the government that rules them, and that it amounts to an abidcation of this responsibility if we spend any amount of time drawing attention to the failings of other governments.
But if there has ever been a moment for anti-imperialists to reflect on the wisdom of that advice, it is right now: because point (3) stands directly at odds with points (1) and (2).