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How the USA Committed Hara Kiri in Middle East

Updated on December 24, 2017

The Plight of the USA


The end of the Second World War saw the rise of two super powers the USA and the USSR. The USA feeling a morbid fear of communism decided to contain the Soviet ejmpire. They thus set up defense pacts all around the Soviet Union. One of these was the Baghdad pact. It mattered little to the US that most of the countries who became members of the Baghdad pact were obscurantist regimes, steeped in Fascism. Countries like Iraq, Jordan, Iran and Saudi Arabia became members of the Baghdad pact.

The Sand Castle

The first nail in the coffin of American thinking happened in 1958 when a military coup ousted the Iraqi Royal family with all its members butchered and the prime Minister, an American supporter Nuri el Said lynched in Baghdad. Iraq withdrew from the Baghdad pact and the pact had to be recast and named CENTO. Still the light did not dawn on American thinking and it continued to back despotic regimes like the Shah of Iran.

A revolution in Egypt further ousted King Farrukh and Gamel Nasser who entered the arena was no friend of the USA. The Shah who had been propped by the USA also had to flee Iran and a hard line Islamic regime inimical to the USA took over. In 1978 this regime reduced the USA to a toothless tiger when it captured and held as hostage all America soldiers and diplomats of the US embassy in Tehran. A botched rescue attempt authorized by Jimmy Carter did not enhance American prestige.

The USA Backs Despots

The USA was now at its nadir and it opted to back regimes that were not only Fascist in nature but also obscurantist in the extreme. Thus they cultivated the succors of Nasser in Sadat and Mubarak in Egypt and the Saudi dynasty in Saudi Arabia, not forgetting the King of Jordan. The American so intent on containing the Soviet union forgot that these regimes had no mandate to govern and were centers of nepotism and corruption. Also countries like Saudi Arabia were living in a medieval age where there was no freedom and blatant sex discrimination was practiced, yet the USA allied with them.

The inevitable has happened and Hosni Mubarak is toppled and a regime is likely to be ushered in that will spell doom for the USA policy there. A start is made as violent demonstrations which have resulted in the Israeli Ambassador fleeing like a rat from Cairo. The Muslim brotherhood is raising its head and the USA can’t be happy about it.

Iraq which was attacked in an ill advised war by George Bush is now afire.It is rocked by sectarian violence and thousands have died and the day when the American leave Iraq, the Islamic anti Americans may well take over.

The Future

All these can’t be comforting thoughts. But the thread of the US Middle east policy is for the last 6 decades of backing dictatorships and regimes that are living in the 16th century have come home to roost. Who is to blame for this? In another decade US influence could well finish in the Middle East and this can be pinpointed to an irrational fear of Communism and choosing any body even if he is a killer as an ally so long as he towed the US line against Russia. Take the case of Saudi Arabia. How does a regime that executes people by stoning and beheading and awards 90 lashes to a woman for driving a car becomes a US partner and strategic ally? Surely once this regime is replaced the new dispensation will regard the USA as an enemy.

The fat is now in the fire and Obama has a real task on his hands to negate the effect of the folly of at least 6 Presidents before him.


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    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

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      6 years ago

      It was an interesting article, well written perhaps a little bit humourously emotive in places.

      American power brokers have played a different game abroad than they did at home. This is obviously in large part to the different habits and ideas people in other countries have.

      But from a fear of "Communism" itself?

      For the normal sheeple who are the average American citizens?

      Perhaps maybe.

      The states that declared themselves as communist were simply dictatatorships that brainwashed their people from all levels of bureaucracy and social strata, with level appropriate Marxist soundbites issued through the media and representatives ) Simply getting the people motivated to work for a dream, for an idea of themselves as a group being bigger than each of themselves can be.

      And the people ended up poor and waiting in queues for bread whilst the affluent "Communist" power brokers played their part in the political games abroad - wanting more workers, more land etc.

      I think it was the leaders and politicians of the scary communist countries during the cold war. China was a worry for a while, but in a short while it reverted to being generally known and into itself, by itself until recently. Now it is trying to connect and play a larger, more complicated, maybe even leading commercial role - even though the Chinese people, despite their everyday western technology, are way out of touch with the big, wide world outside in quite a reassuring, yet baffling, way. I know this because I live here, in China. They dont much really about anything outside of China. They know that America somehow makes trade harder for them, but they don't actually know why except that America maybe bullying them a little. Cute, but Policies are really aimed by American affluent power brokers to target the opposite Chinese affluent power brokers. The little people find sufficient excuses and reasons from the home media peddled to them by the power brokers.

      Basically, the Americans were correctly paranoid about those dictatorship Governments that were using Marxist soundbites to boost their manpower.

      However, due to the lack of perceived threat by the terrible regimes in the Middle East, they sought them out as allies, the reprecussions can be delt with by those people in power many years in the future.

      Now that future is here and the little people are, once again, caught up in the centre of the mailstum. Either as shop assistants or soldiers - the little people accept whichever media they choose to believe in and subsequently make up the numbers of fatalities often read by other, fascinated, little people like you and me.

    • MG Singh profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you for your valuable comment

    • perrya profile image


      7 years ago

      I agree, a decline of an empire is happening.


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