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US policy of destruction and global domination

SOLLY RAKGOMO
With wars and uprisings going on around the world, from Somalia, Yemen, Palestine to Syria, it is very important to take a closer look at US policy in the Middle East and South Asia which according to my years of observing global politics, is shaped by several basic considerations which include amongst other things:

US imperialism as the force of global domination,  imperial policy in the Middle East that  focuses on encircling, destroying and dismantling Iran’s allies (Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Iraq (Shi’a Militia), Qatar and Yemen with the intent of overthrowing the government and installing a client regime in Iran, the return of Iran to the status of puppet regime that will advance Washington’s ultimate goal of encircling and isolating Russia and China, the  overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran  which will facilitate Israel’s final seizure of Palestine, including Jerusalem, and establish Israel  as the dominant regional power in the Middle East.

When it comes to Iran, US strategic planners rely on what James Petras calls a two-track policy characterised by combining and blending military and ideological weapons. Its military strategy relies on slicing up the Middle East by invading and conquering of each and every country and government, which shares the Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy of national sovereignty and independence.

US military success or failure depend on its alliances in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The US, Saudi Arabia and Israel all sponsor terrorist groups which have attacked Iran’s scientists, its elected representatives and military leaders, as well as its sacred sites, inside Iran as well as abroad.  The political and ideological strategy involves the penetration and organisation of domestic forces to destabilise and weaken Iran’s internal security, defence capability and overseas alliances.

Ideological warfare involves exploiting regional, ethnic, class and religious differences to undermine stability and fragment the country; and converting legitimate social critics and political opposition parties into imperial collaborators. Petras is spot on that these ideological attacks are designed to attract Iranian writers, academics, intellectuals and artists who choose to ignore the history of US imperialism in fomenting bloody coups (Mossadegh 1954), launching proxy wars via Saddam Hussain’s invasion (1980- 88) and the terrorist attacks by Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as the terrorists backed by Iraq’s former dictator. 

US propaganda intervention in Iran’s electoral process has been designed to promote a so-called “colour revolution” regime change favoured by neo-liberal, pro-West parties and candidates who seek US sponsorship in their ascent to power.  Furthermore, their use of imperial warfare depends on perverting political language and concepts. The US refers to invasions, which have killed and maimed millions of Muslims and Christians in Iraq (2003-2017) and Syria (2011-2017) as ‘humanitarian interventions’.

In reality, its policy described an ongoing ‘holocaust’, the massive genocidal violation of

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the human rights of scores of millions of people to sovereignty, peace and security of home, life, limb, culture and faith. The millions of victims of the West’s current holocaust in the Middle East reject and scorn Washington’s imperialist claim of defending ‘democratic values’ and its so-called ‘responsibility to protect ’ as pronounced by a series of US Administrations through their mouthpieces in the United Nations.  

It is also important to take note that sanctions are also used as tools of conquest. US sanctions against Iraq, Syria, Iran and Yemen have been designed to starve working people into submission while capturing the support of some middle class consumers. US policy of invading Libya and brutally murdering President Gadhafi and his family members was designed to systematically destroy a prosperous, independent republic and turn it into a backward, impoverished fiefdom of tribal warlords, exploited by Western oil companies. 

The strategic goal of the US invasion of Iraq, Syria and Yemen has been to violently divide these independent republics and turn them into ethnically cleansed, impoverished, mini-states,  in the imperial tradition of ‘divide and conquer’. Such tribal fiefdoms are easily dominated by imperial powers. Washington’s imperial strategists have arrived at the conclusion that they cannot conquer independent states, like Iran, in a single attack, given its size, defense capability, internal cohesion and regional alliances. Their strategy therefore is to surround Iran by destroying its allies, one nation at a time. 

Professor Petras says the first phase of the US invasion, occupation and systematic destruction of Iraq and its entire governmental infrastructure was designed to overthrow the Baathist state, then neutralise the Shi’a militia and impose a servile client regime in Baghdad. The second step was to encourage Sunni tribal warlords to seize control of central Iraq. 

The third step was to arm the Kurds to form a mini-state in northern Iraq. This would entail large-scale ethnic cleansing, the total destruction of Iraq’s ancient Christian community, and the extermination of its multiethnic modern educated, scientific, cultural and technocratic work force. 

In other words, Noam Chomsky posits that the US strategy was to obliterate any remnant of the Iraqi Republic in its war to ‘remake the Middle East”.  After Iraq and Libya, the next target for US-EU aggression has been the government of the Syrian Arab Republic, Iran’s ally. The EU, USA, Saudi Arabia and Turkey sponsored an invasion by mercenary Salafi forces under a network of Daesh-ISIS-al Queda terrorists. 

 



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