Can America Survive Mideast War?
by Sam Rolley
Gauging the response from the hawkish, neocon wing of the American populace along with some fence-sitters, it is apparent that the Nation’s handlers of disinformation are doing a spectacular job at steering public opinion in favor of an all-out international brawl in the Mideast.
Most recently, this has been demonstrated by the unbelievable narrative that transpired in Benghazi, Libya, and Egypt. Protesters have attacked American consulates and murdered the American ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
American blood has been spilled in Libya, Egyptians have torn down the American flag at the embassy in their country and the anger and violent protests are spreading like wildfire across the Arab world. But, of course, there must be a reason. Could it be American freedom of speech?
The unrest is said to have been sparked by a film made in the United States that is extremely offensive to Muslim believers. There are many reasons which make the film an unlikely catalyst for the current anger in the Mideast; you can read about them in Bob Livingston’s “Freedom Watch” in today’s issue.
But to pretend that the film was what really sparked this unrest makes it much easier for America’s warmongers to validate what is about to come to a head in the Mideast region, while simultaneously covering more than 70 years of American hegemonic failure.
Less-informed Americans are led to believe some extremely nonsensical and historically contradictory things about the Nation’s ambitions in the Mideast. These ambitions were solidified with a 1944 State Department memo describing Mideast oil as “a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.”
Over the course of the following decade, American foreign policy in the Mideast was quite simply to remove anyone who displeased the Nation’s puppet masters and to create a sense of celestial manifest destiny for Americans who might shun the idea of becoming involved in a region that had been embroiled in holy war for a large portion of recorded history.
President Harry Truman in 1946 ordered the Soviets to get out of Kurdistan and Azerbaijan in northern Iran under threat of a “super bomb.” This was an effort to ensure that Iran would remain friendly to the United States in the future, and not object to imperialist U.S. objectives in the meantime.
Two years later in 1948, the United States manufactured what is, to this day, one of the primary publically acceptable reasons for the Nation’s nearly perpetual war stance in a region worlds away even when the United States falters domestically under massive debts and economic woes.
U.S. and British interests worked with the United Nations to create the Zionist homeland of Israel by ceding 54 percent of Palestine to the Jews who made up roughly one-third of the population. This quickly prompted Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, who opposed the newly proclaimed state, to attack unsuccessfully. The war ended in the exodus of nearly 800,000 Palestinians into surrounding Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank. Israel promptly took control of 77 percent of historic Palestine and was vindicated by American support.
To put it into vastly oversimplified terms, what followed involved a series of upheavals and U.S. interventionist money-pumping in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Beyond proxy war with other major world powers like Russia, the United States has interest only in Mideast oil reserves and the avoidance of nations in the region throwing out brutal regimes in favor of ones that would upset the global wishes of Western monied elite.
The cycle has been a vicious one, the latest reincarnation of which was witnessed in the Arab Spring of recent years. But the result will be the same as it has for decades. The United States supported the party that would soon empower Saddam Hussein in 1963, al-Qaida boogeyman Osama bin Laden years before the 9/11 attacks (because he irked the Russians in Afghanistan), and the revolution that created the current situation in Iran. The United States also destroyed bin Laden and Saddam, and it will likely soon do quite a number on Iran.
Does the Nation simply like playing God with the Mideast and reaping the rewards of oil control and continual busywork for the military industrial complex? Surely, the best and the brightest in American foreign policy know well that Arab people will likely never accept Western culture and values and will continue to revolt against them in horrific ways.
Whether they buy into celestial reasons for blind support of Israel and its imperialist ambitions or actually think American intervention in the Mideast has ever been about peace, Democracy or nuclear weapons (none of which have been found in large quantities in the region), there is something that Americans should be very worried about right now: The situation, regardless of the Nation’s arrogance, is very quickly becoming more unmanageable than before.
Israel continues to push the United States to aid in a strike against Iran, which has the backing of Russia and China. Meanwhile, Iran is gaining favor among the populations in Nations the United States has already gone to great lengths to destabilize in recent years: Libya, Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan. War with Iran could mean another 10 years of the past decade’s wars at best and, at worst, all-out war in the Mideast that will spread across the planet, the likes of which Americans haven’t seen in a long time.
Given the shape the Nation is in at home, one can only hope America could triumph in such a conflict. Then again, perhaps that isn’t the goal.