Michel Chossudovsky’s contention that “US-NATO is involved in the recruitment, training and financing of ISIS death squads operating in both Iraq and Syria” and that the funding for this supposedly covert activity is taking place through Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait, is deserving of our attention, even if Josh Rogin at ‘The Daily Beast’, while agreeing that the Sunni Gulf states are financing extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, argues that under “significant U.S. pressure, the Arab Gulf governments have belatedly been cracking down on funding to Sunni extremist groups.”. Of course, no examples of any real pressure from Washington on its Gulf allies can be provided.
Moreover, while academic caution is advised when pursuing Chossudovsky’s main thesis that “Washington’s intent is no longer to pursue the narrow objective of “regime change” in Damascus. What is contemplated is the break up of both Iraq and Syria along sectarian-ethnic lines.”, that thesis too is worthy of our attentions. After all, it would not be the first time that maps have been redrawn in a western capital.
Of course, it might be going too far to suggest that those plans for redrawing the Middle East correspond to the map above. After all, it is difficult to imagine either Riyadh’s acquiescence to the creation of two states on its territory, or to Turkey accepting the creation of a Kurdish state at all, never mind one which will include territory that is at the moment under Ankara’s jurisdiction.
Nevertheless, with ISIS offering a truce to the Kurdish Pershmerga south of Kirkuk, we might already be seeing the shape of things to come and there are a number of reasons to believe that the shape of those things is indeed being dictated in a Washington which has decided that its interests will be best served by redrawing those borders, which were drawn up mainly by other western powers, to correspond to a new plan for the Middle East that is in line with that greater plan; the project for a new American century.