Patrick Coburn’s article in ‘Counterpunch’ entitled, “Iran, Syria and the Balance of Power in the Middle East”, was given a different emphasis on the ‘Stop the war Coalition’ website when it was republished under the heading, “Dangers of outsourcing support for Syria rebels to Saudi Arabia”.
Here the emphasis would appear to be less on the changing balance of power in the region and more on the fact that, while direct military involvement in Syria could get the US sucked into a mire, it may be even riskier if support for the rebels is outsourced to the Sunni monarchies. It is a conclusion that is backed by events in Afghanistan where Saudi Arabia, Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence, and the United States, colluded to support the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s. Utimately it was this support that spawned both Al Queda and the Taliban.
Rationally, of course, it might be appropriate to ask, if lessons are not being learned, and as support for radical Islamists during the conflict in Libya and the recent death of Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya shows, they are not, then why not?
It is here we should worry for, there is increasing evidence to indicate that the continuation of all of these conflicts, in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere, including, of course, the coming war against Iran, is only in line with that perennial War on Terror which has presented Washington with an ideal pretext for implementing its ‘Project for a New American Century’ .
Moreover, it does not matter that the military intervention, needed to implement this project will be through radical Islamic proxies. Indeed, for Washington it might even be preferable as the resulting radicalism and chaos will mean that not only will there be a need for the United States for some time to come as the leader of the free world to confront a radical Islam, which it has, in fact, helped to create, but also the resulting divisions in the Islamic world will ensure that there will be nobody there to oppose this hegemony in the near future. Yes, when it comes to blueprints “Mein Kampf” pales by comparison and the madmen set their sights on China