The ongoing revelations of U.S. spying on our friends (eg, Germany) is nothing new, of course.
Israel spies on the U.S. regularly, as does every other country that can, as does the U.S. worldwide.
I would be shocked if there were not more friendly spies active in the U.S. than enemy spies. Rather than accept this as inevitable human behavior, let’s ask ourselves if it is, indeed, inevitable and necessary.
Do you spy on your friends or spouse or children? If you do, how would you characterize the relationship? What if you were the one being spied upon? What would you think?
The model that nations typically follow, that of domination by force, invites spying and the distrust that engenders it.
Force is expensive relative to spying and deception, so spying on one another is an attractive alternative.
Are we ever strong enough, individually or nationally, to risk trusting our friends, or even our loved ones? Is domination of others the only choice for survival? Can we ever be strong enough to risk leading by the example of trust and inclusion as opposed to domination by force or deception? Is there not considerable upside to trustworthiness?