Here’s why this matters and it merits attention and even a two minute break from the relentless primaries speculation: the unresolved Palestinian issue resonates, it is not just a creation used by Arab regimes and al-Jazeera, it is something that echoes with and talks to hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. There are grievances out there and they have an impact, sometimes a decisive impact on how America is viewed in the world especially given its association with the issue. Americans can ignore that, pretend it doesn’t exist or tell themselves that this is just about terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. But doing so would be a mistake and would continue to ignore the crucial breeding ground that provides such fertile terrain for al-Qaeda and other extremist recruitment. Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an American interest (of course an Israeli and Palestinian interest as well). It’s worth taking a moment to tune into these highlights of the African Cup of Nations' final--even if you don’t agree with the politics you can enjoy a very jolly footballing feast.