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Dec 06, 2018 | Altaf Bashir

US intervention in Middle East

Not long ago former US President George W. Bush’s American dream turned into nightmare when the administration realized their Iraq and weapons of mass destruction misadventure. After 9/11 and invasion of Iraq followed by Saddam Hussein’s shoddy trial and execution, countries in Middle have been burning one after the other. Bloody civil war, crony corporations and billions of dollars were flushed out with no result at all but human killings and destruction.

The claim of Bush that Iraqi people deserve ‘human liberty’ which as per him was possible only with the departure of the dictator today can be seen as farce and diabolic. Bush administration emphatically said Middle East can set up an example to all the self-governing nations and heads towards the democratization. Most of the people saw the intervention in Iraq as a crime: a mass homicide, carried out in a brazen fashion. US administration wanted to create a country that would, through its splendid example, erode the foundation of Iran’s theocratic regime and Al Qaeda’s ideology.

The fall of Iraq could be described as Democratic Domino Theory. First Iraq would become a beacon of political freedom and economic success. Then, one by one, the population across the rest of the Middle East would rise up and force their countries to follow the suite. The war on terror wouldn’t end with a fight. It would end with a vote that was the scheme to be implemented and liberalize the whole Middle East and changing the theocratic rule in these countries.

Bush received much criticism on the invasion  from the rest of the world. People campaigned against Bush administration and urged him to stop escalation in Iraq. A decade later and with civil war in the country, Iraq was completely devastated. It became a weak state, the Bush administration sought democratic to counter the radical regime but in totality failed to build the liberal democracy it wanted and ended up strengthening theocracy it feared.

After the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Middle East countries started agitation against the despotic rulers and a new mass movement began to change the rule in the Middle East from the autocracy. It was followed by disputes that emerged in the neighboring countries and ensued in complete ruining of the ethos, economy and culture for which Middle East has been known.

After Bush, the Obama Administration also failed to bring aggressors and other parties on the negotiation table to solve the protracted conflict in the Middle East. The main mission of Obama was to capture Osama Bin Laden which he accomplished through a secret operation that was carried out by the CIA. With the help of Pakistan it raided o the Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, and buried him at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic Tradition. That is the sole achievement of the Obama administration.

But nothing exonerates Obama Administration from the anti-people policies in Syria in which thousands of people were displaced and are living in the camps as refugees. 

Nothing has changed. America elected Trump with anti-migration policies that received much criticism from world bodies including the citizens of the America. The Trump administration has faced same issues as his predecessors to resolve the burning issues in the world and deadly conflicts.

Trump is grappling hard to find a way out of the Middle East crisis. The Syria conflict is waiting for peaceful resolution and Yemen is caught in clashes. The Saudi Arabia has strained relationships with the neighboring countries such as Qatar on the account of supporting terrorism and the violation of 2014 agreement with the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia is taking hard stance on its neighboring countries and allies to please Trump administration. One recent comment from Trump stirred Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and pushed him to retort back --  that Saudi Arabia wouldn’t last two weeks without the backing of the US military. In response the crown price told US based Bloomberg publication “I love working with him (Trump)” adding that “achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against the extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh”. It was at the Mississippi campaign rally where Trump taking a jibe at Riyadh had said that the country wouldn’t last “two weeks” if Washington withdrew its military support. It implies the hegemony of Trump administration in the region and overt threats used to meet the aspirations of his model America first than any other nation. Earlier Saudi Arabia had severed relationship with Ottawa when it expelled the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh on the release of jailed Saudi Arabia Human Rights activist.

Trump has not only exerted his hegemonic power over Saudi Arabia but issued sanctions on Iran to maximize the isolation, especially in nuclear development in order to slow the regime the consequences if it attempts to advance its weapons program. The domination of US over other nations and severing the relations on the pretext of one or the other excuse points to the new adopted policy of Trump administration to promote Americanisation.

US is acknowledged as world power and it should focus on resolving ethnic and religious-based conflicts that are spread across the world, but instead it is creating new enemies for itself and other nations. In Middle East it has created fissures through unilateral intervention and imposing sanctions to cripple the economy of the countries.

altafbashir2@gmail.com

Dec 06, 2018 | Altaf Bashir

US intervention in Middle East

              

Not long ago former US President George W. Bush’s American dream turned into nightmare when the administration realized their Iraq and weapons of mass destruction misadventure. After 9/11 and invasion of Iraq followed by Saddam Hussein’s shoddy trial and execution, countries in Middle have been burning one after the other. Bloody civil war, crony corporations and billions of dollars were flushed out with no result at all but human killings and destruction.

The claim of Bush that Iraqi people deserve ‘human liberty’ which as per him was possible only with the departure of the dictator today can be seen as farce and diabolic. Bush administration emphatically said Middle East can set up an example to all the self-governing nations and heads towards the democratization. Most of the people saw the intervention in Iraq as a crime: a mass homicide, carried out in a brazen fashion. US administration wanted to create a country that would, through its splendid example, erode the foundation of Iran’s theocratic regime and Al Qaeda’s ideology.

The fall of Iraq could be described as Democratic Domino Theory. First Iraq would become a beacon of political freedom and economic success. Then, one by one, the population across the rest of the Middle East would rise up and force their countries to follow the suite. The war on terror wouldn’t end with a fight. It would end with a vote that was the scheme to be implemented and liberalize the whole Middle East and changing the theocratic rule in these countries.

Bush received much criticism on the invasion  from the rest of the world. People campaigned against Bush administration and urged him to stop escalation in Iraq. A decade later and with civil war in the country, Iraq was completely devastated. It became a weak state, the Bush administration sought democratic to counter the radical regime but in totality failed to build the liberal democracy it wanted and ended up strengthening theocracy it feared.

After the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Middle East countries started agitation against the despotic rulers and a new mass movement began to change the rule in the Middle East from the autocracy. It was followed by disputes that emerged in the neighboring countries and ensued in complete ruining of the ethos, economy and culture for which Middle East has been known.

After Bush, the Obama Administration also failed to bring aggressors and other parties on the negotiation table to solve the protracted conflict in the Middle East. The main mission of Obama was to capture Osama Bin Laden which he accomplished through a secret operation that was carried out by the CIA. With the help of Pakistan it raided o the Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, and buried him at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic Tradition. That is the sole achievement of the Obama administration.

But nothing exonerates Obama Administration from the anti-people policies in Syria in which thousands of people were displaced and are living in the camps as refugees. 

Nothing has changed. America elected Trump with anti-migration policies that received much criticism from world bodies including the citizens of the America. The Trump administration has faced same issues as his predecessors to resolve the burning issues in the world and deadly conflicts.

Trump is grappling hard to find a way out of the Middle East crisis. The Syria conflict is waiting for peaceful resolution and Yemen is caught in clashes. The Saudi Arabia has strained relationships with the neighboring countries such as Qatar on the account of supporting terrorism and the violation of 2014 agreement with the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia is taking hard stance on its neighboring countries and allies to please Trump administration. One recent comment from Trump stirred Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and pushed him to retort back --  that Saudi Arabia wouldn’t last two weeks without the backing of the US military. In response the crown price told US based Bloomberg publication “I love working with him (Trump)” adding that “achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against the extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh”. It was at the Mississippi campaign rally where Trump taking a jibe at Riyadh had said that the country wouldn’t last “two weeks” if Washington withdrew its military support. It implies the hegemony of Trump administration in the region and overt threats used to meet the aspirations of his model America first than any other nation. Earlier Saudi Arabia had severed relationship with Ottawa when it expelled the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh on the release of jailed Saudi Arabia Human Rights activist.

Trump has not only exerted his hegemonic power over Saudi Arabia but issued sanctions on Iran to maximize the isolation, especially in nuclear development in order to slow the regime the consequences if it attempts to advance its weapons program. The domination of US over other nations and severing the relations on the pretext of one or the other excuse points to the new adopted policy of Trump administration to promote Americanisation.

US is acknowledged as world power and it should focus on resolving ethnic and religious-based conflicts that are spread across the world, but instead it is creating new enemies for itself and other nations. In Middle East it has created fissures through unilateral intervention and imposing sanctions to cripple the economy of the countries.

altafbashir2@gmail.com

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