Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami
The West’s war merchants have created many fronts and enormous confusion in which alliances have become muddled. In many situations, friends and foes are not clear and there is hardly any discussion about the rules of engagement.
Recently Israel killed a senior Iranian military commander and some Hezbollah figures on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The dead Iranian general and Hezbollah men were fighting for Assad’s militias that are supposedly fighting ISIS, which is seen as a threat by Israel’s ally US. Iran, on the other hand, received praise from US secretary of state John Kerry for its air and ground attacks against ISIS. If we follow Tehran’s political logic, Kerry should be considered a representative of Great Satan and his praise should be unwelcome.
The confusion is so deep that only the plotters of conflicts know who is serving whose agenda. Some players either have a weak agenda or they are happy to serve Western interests. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and some other Arab regimes made loud statements against the ISIS takeover of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. But in Yemen they seem to have approved the Iran-linked Houthi takeover of the capital Sana. Arab populations are told by their leaders that Iran is an enemy and the bloc of Gulf States has sent military forces to quell the uprising in Bahrain they say is instigated by Iran. Both Saudi Arabia and UAE are playing a duplicitous and dangerous game in Yemen by encouraging Iranian expansion through their actions. Similarly, the US is in league with pro-Iranian elements in Yemen whereas it gangs up with European Union arms merchants against Iran on the nuclear energy issue.
The West thrives on conflicts. Mass bloodshed does not perturb Europe. Tragedies are exploited to advance greater conflicts and wars. France made dramatic efforts to exploit the violent killings of a magazine staff in Paris. Rather than discussing the failure to stop a heinous crime in a major European capital, irresponsible leaders began talking about launching crusades and civilization wars, shouting hollow slogans about freedom of expression.
There has been an insane increase in the number of conflicts the West has created since 2001. Countries rich in resources are often victims of these wars. One may recall the words of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in describing Western appetite for conflicts: "The September 11 attack on America, which supported Israel, was made an excuse for the Anglo-Saxon Europeans to return to their violent old ways."
Western hegemons led by the United States are hell-bent on preserving the edge that they have maintained since they created the post-world war order. Though, the world was largely bipolar till the Soviet Union’s collapse, the US-led West enjoyed a wide lead against their rival communist bloc nations. Now their supremacy is indeed threatened, with the emergence of independent-minded regional powers and in China’s enormous rise.
The emergence of China, first as an economic, and now a military power, and the resurgence of Russia have caused panic in the West, which is used to seeing others toeing its line on global issues.
The West’s arms merchants are irrational in their thinking, but they have crafted sophisticated financial, technological, information and security structures to facilitate their war projects. On the one hand the French parliament passed a motion to recognise a Palestinian state, but in a bizarre decision the country also banned pro-Palestine demonstrations. Western propaganda has reached Orwellian proportions.
There is not much public opposition to racism and war-mongering of the West as populations are deliberately kept ignorant about the real aims of Western actions and policies.
Every illegal act is justified now in the name of supreme national interest and realpolitik. Institutions are being manipulated by dangerous lobbies with dubious ideologies and secret agendas. These include US neocons, the Bilderberg group, Trilateral Commission and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Sadly, some Asian and African leaders have mortgaged their national interests to an international mafia. Leadership failures in the Middle East have caused destruction in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
Some Arab states have become havens for people who serve Western hegemonistic designs. Tony Blair, the villain of the 2003 Iraq war, is an ally of Abu Dhabi’s ruler. The UAE is also an ally of Egypt’s dictatorship, former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan (allied with Israel), and supports Libya’s CIA warlord Khalifa Haftar. The same Arab despotic regimes are also being manipulated by the West to sow discord in Muslim countries and advance neocon interests in places that pursue independent policies.
The free war market created for global control is not in total control of its plotters. The Ukraine project has not worked as per Western plans. But unless people fight and kill each other and conflicts expand, the West’s lucrative weapons industry cannot survive.
In the decades after the Second World War, the West pretended to care for democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and free media. These days even those pretensions are gone. It is naked aggression and lies that have become their powerful tools in the race for total supremacy. Egypt’s coup is a glaring example how the US and EU brought back the brutal old dictatorship with the help of moneyed despots. In Syria, the outside powers are doing everything to prolong the conflict and misery for the millions of Syrians.
While the West makes advances in Arab countries, the region’s regimes display no intellectual capacity that they can tackle the growing threats. It’s the height of idiocy to think that by suppressing popular aspirations, the regimes can survive and prosper. Repression against democratic movements can have drastic violent consequences. And the West is not against violent and terrorist groups as long they serve the Western colonial interests. They first create, aid and abet terrorism, and then fight wars in the name quelling their own creations. These war- market traders are trying to create a New World Order in which they hold monopoly on violence.