In the spy trade they call it “blowback,” the unintended consequences when, for example, you rearrange the chairs in some other nation’s government, and hijacked airliners start smashing into your valued real estate. Or to get biblical and quote Job 4:8, “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.”
With such a stern caution from the Good Book, you would think the geniuses who map out this country’s foreign policy would know better than to sow evil in the Holy Land of all places. But that’s how it’s been since the days following World War II. Motivated by Germany’s genocide of the Jewish people, winning the 1948 election and his personal worldview, God-fearing President Harry S. Truman decided that the United States would support the creation of a Jewish state.
The chosen location wasn’t Central Europe, where 6 million Jews perished during the Holocaust and where the survivors of Hitler’s persecution were displaced and desperate refugees. Instead, the new country would sit where antiquity’s 12 Tribes of Israel and direct descendant Jesus once dwelled: Palestine.
The United States was a very generous victor. It rebuilt the bombed-out infrastructure of West Germany, “punishing” its population— many of whom had voted for the Nazis—with arguably the highest standard of living in the world.