There is no doubt that US is the largest military and economic power in the world. As the most dominating power of our world- it does everything to maintain its dominance and to protect its interests. As the most powerful country-it rarely show respect to international conventions- laws and rules. But it is also true that US is a declining power. It faces many challenges pose to its dominance and hegemony. But the rise of China and Russian resurgence is already causing lot of troubles to American dominance.
The killing of powerful Irani General Qassem Soleimani and head of pro-Iran militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad on Friday in the US missile attack send clear message to America’s foes. Mend your ways- accept the American supremacy or you will be eliminated.
President Trump seems on a clear mission to further destablise the Middle East region to establish its hegemony over the whole region. President Trump and neo-cons in Washington wants to put maximum pressure on Irani regime to accept its hegemony and give up resistance. It seems that such actions will continue without considering the consequences of such actions for the world and for the region.
The message is that if you are challenging the American interests than you are a target. The America can attack you when and where it wants. No international treaty- convention and protocol can stop America from killing people anywhere in the world. America has its own rules. As the policeman of the world- it could violate the sovereignty and border of any country.
This American act to show its military outreach and strength could destablise not only Iraq but also the Middle East region. This killing has once again brought the Iran and America on the brink of another war in Middle East. The dangerous escalation between Iran and US as the result of this provocative attack could potentially destablise the entire region.
The US takes such actions to prove its dominance and power. Such actions could be beneficial in the short term for US administration but in the long run-it could jeopardise the international order and relations. The American policy makers seem less concerned about the negative impacts of such policy and actions.
Such unilateral actions that destablise the countries and regions fuel anger against American policies. Such actions only add to anti-Americanism amongst the people of different countries. The people become more suspicious of American actions and policies that resulted in wars- conflicts and destabilisation.
The fact is that America’s desire to act as global policeman has played a major role in creating a more unstable world, including a more volatile Middle East, especially in the period following the Second World War.
Different American governments have backed vicious dictators and cruel regimes from Latin America to Africa and from Asia to Europe, all the while helping thwart democratic movements, particularly if the movements espoused socialist or nationalist tendencies.
The American ruling elite wanted the governments or rulers in the Middle East that can protect and further its imperialist interests. It was and still not the matter of concern for American ruling class that how that rulers and dictators treat their own people. It is not a matter of concern for American administration whether you are a ruthless dictator and has no respect for human rights and democracy. You will be loved by the American establishment if you learn to dance on American tune.
The US hates all those leaders and rulers anywhere in the world who challenge the American hegemony and dominance. The regime change is the integral part of US foreign policy. American government does everything from sabotage to destabilisation to undermine such regimes and leaders. The US provides money- logistic support and training to the opponents of such regimes to topple and weaken them.
Much of the mess in the Middle East today is the work of American interventionism and desire for regime change; Saddam Hussein, once a client as long as he was useful against Iran, was quickly toppled after dubious claims of weapons of mass destruction were conjured up in order to get rid of him. Iraq was destroyed by imperialist intervention. Now Iraq is more fractured country on ethnic and sectarian lines like never before.
Syria and Libya were destroyed in the imperialist backed effort and plan to topple Bashar al-Assad and Muammar Qadhafi. Qadhafi was removed and thus later killed but Libya was destroyed in the process. Libya was a developed society and enjoyed higher living standards in Arab world. Now bitterly divided country are ruled by armed militias supported by different world and regional powers.
The US plan to remove Basher al Assad failed and he is still holding on to power. The Syrian people have paid a heavy price of this failed plan and effort. Hundreds of thousands people have been killed- millions were forced to leave their homes. One of the most cultured and civilised society in the Middle East has been thrown back to Stone Age. The rulers of these countries dared to challenge the American hegemony and put resistance. They were systematically destroyed by the imperialist intervention.
Israel has long enjoyed American patronage, as the US has shielded its principal Middle Eastern client from global criticism, even though Tel Aviv’s hands are soaked in Palestinian blood. Israel has also violated the sovereignty of its neighbours multiple times. The US never objected to the brutal occupation of Palestine lands by Israel. Israel has violated almost all the bilateral agreements- international commitments and UN resolutions and continues to commit crimes against humanity. Israeli expansionist policy and occupation pose threat to Middle East peace but America is not concerned because Israel is American ally and client state.
The operative American policy seems to be ‘shoot first and ask questions later’. However, this reckless unilateralism has created a more dangerous world, and unless there is a change of course, it will imperil American interests across continents as Washington’s foes decide to answer in the same coin.
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