The United States and its allies seem determined to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I by starting World War III. Some of the same players are involved, and their motives are as ignoble in the 21st century as they were in the 20th.
Region carved up
Nations like Iraq and Syria didn’t exist at all until after the defeat of the Ottoman Turks in 1918.
Britain and France carved up the region and established the boundaries that are still in use for these countries. The Europeans have returned to their imperialist past and want to resume their interventions – but now as clients of the United States.
The United States is the world’s only true superpower and it has used that position to wreak the most havoc. Every crisis in the region from the flight of desperate refugees to the creation of the Islamic State can be laid at America’s doorstep.
America had willing puppets as it destroyed Iraq and Libya and then assumed it could easily do the same to Syria. They plotted and spread propaganda that the Assad government would fall. But instead it hung on for four years, despite the aggressions waged against it.
Russia finally stepped up as an ally and made good on its promise to support the government that asked for its assistance. Of all the players now pledging to bomb the Islamic State in Syria, only Russia does so while respecting international law and Syria’s sovereignty.
These alliances create great risk. Turkey contributed to the danger on November 24, 2015 when it shot down a Russian fighter jet. Despite a claim of a 17-second incursion into Turkish airspace, the plane and its pilots who ejected all descended onto Syrian territory.
As the guilty party always does, the Turks screamed like scalded dogs. They asked NATO to defend them when it was they who did the attacking. They faced the wrath of Vladimir Putin and lost out on a gas pipeline and now face sanctions, but they decided it was worthwhile to toady for the United States and NATO.
The Turks have been proven right as the European Union makes plans for a 3 billion euro payment in exchange for a promise to stem the refugee tide making its way through that country. Turkey has made good on its desire to be part of the European empire. Its troops now occupy the northern regions of Iraq and refuse to leave despite angry demands from the Iraqi government.
The world is now descending into a vicious cycle of war and terrorism. The United States and the U.K. invade and occupy Iraq, which leads to the creation of the Islamic State, which attacks Beirut, Ankara, Paris and a Russian passenger plane.
Regime change in Libya makes that country a route for refugees who flood Europe. The attempt to do the same in Syria also sends people fleeing and makes Europeans fearful of a brown-skinned Muslim horde. Racist fears lead to rationales for more war and on it goes.
Margaret Kimberley’s column appears weekly in BlackAgendaReport.com. Contact her at Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.com.