You don’t need advanced degrees or years of experience on the world stage to understand how these things work. It’s high school logic. Those who are most attractive to the majority of onlookers, or more importantly to decision makers, will be granted a free hand (as they always have been). Those who are deemed undesirable or guilty by association (or by their very existence) will be punished. Why do you think we don’t intervene in genocides in Africa? Only the people who ‘matter’ are ever saved.