Twist of Fate
As fate would have it, I'm trying to write a novel whose center of action is Israel/Palestine 2007 and the task is made more difficult by the current events. Though I cannot close my ears, I am trying not to let "Knowing the future" influence the narrative to much. Certain characters could end up less nuanced or objective by my having too much information, as it were.
The novel encompasses broader themes, de-constructions of the "War on Terror" and "clash of civilizations" as well as explorations of language and the effects of technology and modernity in general. It is overtly political (but not radical) and it may suffer from being too contemporary, but I lack the imagination for some journey into the future, or the time needed for research to treat some historical past in decent fashion.
As to current events, they are in keeping with the modern "change in the structure of experience", such as the "War on Terror"or"Road Map to Peace" perfectly exemplify. What do those thing really mean? Nothing of course, but we are able to put Israel's Right to Exist or Victory in Iraq or Iran's Nuclear Weapon Program in this meaningless context and come up with a meaningless debate about meaningless policy. Which perfectly suits the Suits, arms manufacturers, oil companies, casket producers etc. and the hegemonists they fund: think tanks, councils on this or that, pundits, media.Status remains quo.
We will also find out a lot about Obama and Hillary as they are faced with some fairly stark choices. It is one thing to talk theoretical scenarios in campaign debates and quite another to make life or death decisions on a world stage. The foreign policy failures of Bush and Rice turn into an inheritance of tragic proportions not only for the new administration but for all of us. Listen to the language: "we must teach them a lesson", "we must demonstrate..", "they must learn..." The language of the Great White Father as he moved into Indian territory or, later, hunted down those who refused the reservation.