From Art to Reality
Americans are in part prepped for policy changes, homeland security arrangements, and, in this case, out-and-out hostility by means of screens doling out images and sound bites. For anyone who has the appropriate skills and has given up on purely artistic goals, the political game is hard to resist. Few can ever hope to get involved on so rarefied a level. It is not difficult to imagine why a movie like Argo might want to highlight a certain, anti-Iranian prejudice in the west, catalyzed time and again by Islamic thought and deed, viewed and experienced as offensive. Few western nations truly oppose a distant, occidental state, whether Israel or another, by the Mediterranean, or do so only against their own best interests. After this, however, there is little else besides disagreement. As to how big it should be, or small, and its orientation on the world stage -- peaceful? accommodating? intractable? -- those are questions that remain permanently in limbo.
Israel is now reacting to hateful gestures manufactured in Iran. This might be a good time to ignore them and think more positively about how to establish a larger Israel that would more adequately satisfy both her western allies and detractors. For in the end, the west stands against this section of the east, whose wrath it cannot placate. The indigenous population is always frayed at the edges over its perception of satanic interference in their daily lives. The constant animosity that Israel's neighbors generate is only going to worsen in the days ahead. Today it is Iran, tomorrow the fulcrum of the main threat will shift elsewhere. But as to the matter at hand, it would be nice, let us say, if Israel were to change its familiar pattern. Since her neighbors are not growing fonder with age, why not address the entire picture, projected onto a desired future, and stop hammering on one single, news-fetching, isolated, geographic trouble spot after another?
Actually, I already wrote this article in a previous hub. I keep coming back to it for some reason. It just seems that there is a lot at stake in this conflict that many can relate to, besides the inhabitants of the land itself, and their vocal and financial supporters here in the USA. Also, it would be impressive if at least our interest in the Middle East could transcend the basic, argumentative level in which it is mired. Instead of Israel reacting to antagonistic events with firm responses, why not concentrate on conquest? Why not be intentionally aggressive not because "there is no other choice" but to carve out a bigger niche for a country too small, literally, to be treated with the respect it needs to thrive?
If this line of argument were more acceptable, there would be no need to inculcate audiences with movies like Argo to win support for future actions against an anti-American and anti-Israeli nation such as Iran. Nevertheless, the hostage situation in the late 1970s, early 1980s, is a great teacher. However the U.S. Embassy was conducting its business, its hardworking personnel did not deserve what they had to go through to return home to loved ones. In other words, playing by the rules of the game as it is traditionally or currently played (back then or now) may not be the best overall strategy. That is why I have suggested an alternative, however much it owes to science fiction. And if the hurtful intentions of Iran can be harnessed somehow to expand and push Israel's and the West's mutual enemies further away, then that is an altogether different scenario.
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