The Worst State in the world
Seth J. Frantzman
August 6th, 2007
***Warning, this column contains curses and expletives that may be offensive to some readers, they are not my words but quotes that serve to illustrate the point and are necessary for the article. I apologize in advance for the need to employ them.***
4.5 million people crammed into forced labor camps, kept as slaves, kept away from the citizens of the country, living twelve to a room. Forced to toil from 3:30am to 6pm in 43 degrees Celsius(109 degrees Fahrenheit). Beaten, murdered, raped, run over with cars, thrown into sewers and off tall buildings. Left to die by the side of the road. That sounds a lot like the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, its only distinction from the death camps being that the role of the inmates was to be worked to death, rather than murdered en masse.
But it’s not Nazi Germany. Its called Dubai. Its called a destination for the rich and middle class Europeans. It called a place that features on the cover of National Geographic, and many other respectful newspapers and vacation magazines, as an ideal tourist destination. Its called a place featured on numerous sycophantic programs on CNN and the BBC. It’s a place whose advertising appears at Olympic games, national football events and on all major television networks. It’s the place that many realtors in the U.K and elsewhere are now selling properties in.
And it is the most disgusting, despicable, inhuman, barbarous, apartheid-nazi-evil country in the world, supported or ignored by the West and the wealthy leftists who often vacation there and appreciate its ‘culture’. While 85% of the country is made up of foreign slaves who are imported to do 99% of the work in the country, the left sympathizes with the ‘minority’, the wealthy Arab elites who run the monstrosity. Ali bin Abdulla al-Kaabi, the labor minister speaks of enacting new laws to protect the ‘minority’: “We want to protect the minority, which is us.” So the country protects itself more from the slaves it imports, they are pushed further away from the commercial centers to live in concentration camps in the desert, serviced by special buses, where as many as 50,000 are crammed into camps such as Sonapur, guarded by soldiers with guns and barbed wire. Every liberal however beams at this Arab country. “An ethos of tolerance has prevailed, with churches, bars and miniskirts coexisting with burkas” writes Jason DeParle. We know who wears the miniskirts: the Eastern European women imported for the entertainment of the apartheid class that run everything. Lydia Georgi of www.middle-east-online.com, a leftist-Arab nationalist online magazine, writes that “UAE's native minority is under pressure to speak English in face of growing influx of foreigners... in a state overrun by foreigners where natives could become negligible in 20 years… And Western expats feel so at home that some seem oblivious to their hosts, disregarding the sensitivities of a largely conservative local Muslim population.” Imagine the hypocrisy here, the UAE imported these foreign workers from South Asia, treats them like slaves, denies them any rights, and then complains that they are ‘overunning’ the place. The British authorities on Jamaica also complained that the slaves they imported from Africa in the 18th century had ‘overrun’ Jamaica by the 19th century. Haiti’s French authorities said the same thing and so did whites in the American South in the 1890s. But if you import slaves you can’t complain when they outnumber you, slavery is immoral and you shouldn’t have imported them to do your work for you in the first place. The leftist changes this story and claims “Foreigners continue flocking in to Dubai.” But how to they ‘flock’ from Pakistan to Dubai? Do they fly? No. They are not seagulls. They are people. Millions of people can’t ‘flock’ to a desert nation in the middle of Arabia from thousands of miles away without the complicity and encouragement of the locals. The truth is the rich, wealthy and lazy arrogant Arabs of Gulf brought these people in happily for thirty years and now are angry that the ‘niggers are getting restless.’
One leftist this author met recently had lived there with her husband for a year running a school for wealthy Arabs. She noted how she was “quite cross” when she saw female western tourists dressing immodestly and not respecting the “culture” of Dubai. Oddly enough she was never ‘cross’ with the culture that allowed 85% of the people in the country to be denied all semblance of rights and to be used as slaves. She was never ‘cross’ at the culture of hypocrisy whereby western prostitutes are imported as sex slaves from Eastern Europe so that the Muslims may gratify their sexual urges while complaining that their ‘sensibilities’ are being assaulted by the same whores. Perhaps if Arabs really stood by their supposed ‘sensibilities’ every Arab and Muslim country wouldn’t be full of brothels and trafficked women and Muslims in the west wouldn’t visit prostitutes and strip clubs the way the 9/11 hijackers did(Or perhaps think of this Arab expressing his ‘sensibilities’ in a Taxi in Kuwait city: “Indian pussies,” he said, “are so big. It’s great to fuck Indian women. I like the way that they are so juicy and big.” as recalled at http://andytgeezer.blogspot.com/2005/09/kuwaiti-rapemobile.html.. As for me, the author, I would prefer if the Arabs kept their opinions about Indian women to themselves and not offend my sensibilities). But in the case of Dubai every good leftist is more worried about offending others ‘sensibilities’ than standing up for the rights of workers. One wouldn’t want to offend the wealthy Arabs, god forbid they should be asked to live in the same conditions as their workers. If the modern leftist had existed in 1936 in Germany she would have worn the swastika so as not to ‘offend German sensibilities.’
Like the self-hating Jews who existed in the Holocaust, and the slaves of the Old South, the slaves in Dubai are encouraged to view themselves, not as victims, but as deserving of their existence. Rajash Manata paid $3,800 to become a slave, to be smuggled to the United Arab Emirates. “I blame myself” he notes.
But Human Rights Watch, which accuses countries like Israel of ‘war crimes’ merely shrugs its soldiers. The half Jewish western woman who runs their office in the Middle East, Sarah Leah Whitson, notes that Dubai “needs to bring up its labor standards.” That’s about as positive as one could be about this evil-desert blot on humanity that exists in Arabia. Its like saying that Stalin’s Soviet Gulags needed to “bring up their human rights standards.”
When Dubai-based Arab run companies don’t pay their workers the $1 an hour the workers are supposed to make, there is no problem. Sometimes when the companies don’t pay their armies of labororers for years they get fined $2 million dollars, a pittance for companies developing $1,000 per day hotel rooms. It doesn’t matter anyway because the workers not only pay a year’s salary or more($225 is the average monthly salary, meaning workers do 225 hours of work a month) just to come to the country, having been promised three times the amount they end up making, many of the workers end up in debt to the smugglers and the companies they work for, then have their passports confiscated and aren’t paid in the end. But the workers are encouraged by the left and by the media and their overlords that any protest will hurt them more: “If strikes are made legal, the company will lost money, and eventually we’ll lose our jobs.”
Everyone complains about radical Islam. They are so worried about it. But there would be nothing better for the 4.5 million people enslaved by Dubai’s 800,000 white Arab citizens, than for radical Islam to brood up among them. There would be nothing more liberating than to watch the hotels in Dubai, such as Burj Dubai, being emptied of their wealthy clientele, to watch the millions of westerners and Arabs who flock there and live on the backs of a slave-state, who go there for the sex tourism and ignore the evil, to watch them flee for their lives from resurgent Islamism among the workers. There would be nothing more enjoyable than to watch the sheikhs of Dubai brought to ruin for the satanic society they preside over. The West is so happy to applaud the ‘exotic’ Dubai and its ‘achievements’, such as an indoor ski-arena and a man-made island built in the shape of the world. Lest we forget that all those ‘wonders of the world’ such as the Pyramids were also built by slaves. When one can rely on slave labor it is easy to build great monuments, just look at all the great megaliths created under Stalin with a slave-labor pool of 20 million.
Don’t bother the U.S government about this evil. The U.S is too busy giving $33 billion dollars worth of military equipment to the Gulf Arab states and Egypt. Don’t bother anyone. Certainly don’t bother the leftists who enjoy jetting off to ‘exotic’ Arabia for their vacations. Don’t bother Human rights watch. Don’t bother the U.N. Don’t bother Amnesty International. Don’t bother the legions of wealthy white leftist protesters from Europe who yearly converge on some useless cause such as ‘globalization’ or the ‘International Monetary fund’.
But perhaps something will one day bother the workers of Dubai. Perhaps one day they will rise up and cut the throats of their masters. And then everyone will bemoan the ‘terrorist state’ in the Arabian Gulf. But it is the left and the West that sits by and applauds that state in the making. In the 1800s the West worked very hard to abolish slavery. Christians such as Wilberforce and Abolitionists such as John Brown(recently referred to as an ‘American terrorist’ in a book) helped to abolish the slave trade in Africa and the U.S. But it wasn’t so easy everywhere. The slaves of Haiti had to do it on their own. They had to kill all the slave-owners by themselves. One way or another slavery will end in the Arabian peninsula. It will come to an end. All the West must ask itself is: will we collaborate with this barbarism anymore? But the west and particularly the western left is too hung up on ‘labels’ and ‘judging’ and moral relativism to ever question Dubai. The left will always retort: “but those people choose to move to Dubai for work, they got what they deserve.” This is the new leftist mantra. Oddly enough the old left used to fight to end similar practices in American Coal mines. Lest we forget the Knights of Labor and the old labor movement in the U.S, not the fat blubbery, useless labor movement of today’s United States. But don’t worry, the left has no morals, it has betrayed everything that it is. This is why we must not say that militant Islam is all bad. At least militant Islam stands for something. At least it voices an opinion. The left is nothing, which is why all it can muster regarding Dubai is “it needs to bring up it labor standards.” Dear Human Rights Watch: why weren’t you so sanguine about South African Apartheid? What is the difference between South African Apartheid and what takes place in Dubai, except that the situation in Dubai is much worse? But there is no Steve Biko of Dubai. No Nelson Mandela. No calls for a boycott. Not outrage. No U.N condemnations. Nothing. In fact most of the departments of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Universities in the West are funded by Dubai, funded by money earned from slavery and murder. Yes, murder. How many of those 4.5 million workers ever return home to Pakistan and India, from whence they came? How many just disappear in the desert? Every worker in Dubai knows at least one worker who has died due to ‘work related’ injuries, falls from construction towers and the like. Sadiq Batcha, the person who politely informs us that it would be terrible to legalize strikes, has spent 18 years imprisoned in Dubai.
The Arabs of the Gulf know perfectly how to play the leftists and the west to make people feel that its really they who are suffering. But deep down they can’t hide their real feelings, take these comments from Gulf Arabs regarding Kuwait, another Gulf country based on slavery, for instance:
(all appearing as comments by Arabs on the blog http://bugdez.blogspot.com/2006/05/american-blogger-view-on-kuwait.html)
“I do say that generalizing is ignorance and that is the real mistake..Kuwait isn't a country that was based on white trash from Europe it didn’t killed all the native Americans and Hispanics to obtain land and money that wasn't theirs in the first place… u can never generalize a nation no matter how much wrong you've seen.”
“Acquaintances [with non-Arabs] sure, but I personally think friendships tend to require having things in common or least share a history? I agree it's relatively difficult to make Kuwaiti friends because they tend to gather in diwaniyas rather than ghettos.”
“he's talking about bringing maids from India and Bangladesh...well excuse me, but they are being brought here to earn money, they have their own rooms, they get food and accommodation for free, and all this to find out that they actually STEAL from their employers (not all of them but many of them), they beat up our kids and God know WHAT else they do! This guy doesn’t understand that where those maids live is far worse then where they are now! Many of them request to come BACK here! So all you foreigners out there who hate Kuwait, I would just like to say one thing to you...GET THE HELL OUT ASSHOLES! If you don't like our country then GET OUT! You take our jobs, our money, and then you have the nerve to say you hate us? We provide you much more than your OWN COUNTRY gives you so at least appreciate that!!! America takes from its people more than it GIVES! They have taxes, and their lives are all about work work work, no enjoyment whatsoever!!!!”
And lest we forget this is how the white-western woman thinks about visiting these ‘exotic’ places:
“I am an American whose husband is considering a job move to Kuwait. I am wondering how difficult it will be for my teenage daughter and I to travel around the area while my husband is at work...We are adventurous by nature, but always try to be respectful of our surrounding culture. We have no problem dressing so that the majority can feel comfortable with our presence… All religions strive for justice and it us humans who have such difficulty seeing our way toward it.”
I pray for the day that people like Batcha, Sami Yullah and Rajash Mansata take up the sword and destroy this wretched black hole of humanity on the tip of Arabia. I hope when they are done they will confront the leftists in the west who abandoned them to their fate. I hope that they will make their way to the fancy, wealthy, bourgeoisie neighborhood of people like Sarah Leah Whitson, and educate her.
(the following was based on an article that appeared in the Herald Tribune on August 6th, 2007 entitled ‘Emirates seek peace with desperate labor’ by Jason DeParle.
Frantzman Weekly Newsletter number 20
The Secret History of the Iraq War
March 5th, 2007
Seth J. Frantzman
Seymour W. Hersh(whose article appears after this one) has made some interesting claims lately regarding American policy in the Middle East. He said recently that the U.S ‘gave the green light to Israel’s attack on Lebanon’ and that the U.S is now funding Sunni jihadist groups along with Saudi Arabia to counter the growing influence of the Shiites in both Lebanon and Iraq, not to mention Iran. The rhetoric goes further, insinuating that Nasrallah, the Hizbullah chief, is in fact the victim, that he is now on the ‘hit list’ of the Israelis for being the leader of the first Arab group in history to defeat that country. He is therefore the true victim, and he is wrongly mislabeled as running a group whose symbols, slogans and propaganda, not to mention overall aesthetics, are like the Brown Shirts.
The problem is that people like Mr. Hersh, not to mention most informed people, have never understood the real reasons behind the war in Iraq. Let us return to the post 9/11 policy sessions at the White House. At that time it became clear that almost all the 9/11 hijackers, fifteen of nineteen to be exact, were from Saudi Arabia, which was second to Israel, America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. Many people in the administration, who after all were veteran Cold Warriors, had joined with the Saudis in the 1980s to funnel money to a CIA and Pakistani ISS program to fund the Jihad in Afghanistan against the Russians. Much romance was made of this Jihad at the time, as chronicled in the book Charlie Wilson’s War and it was popular with Democrats and Republicans, Neocons and Paleo-cons alike. But the Jihad was forgotten about. Few people saw the relationship that it had to all the other Jihads, in Thailand, the Philippines, Sudan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Israel, Lebanon and Algeria. For those who won in Afghanistan, many of whom were recruited from listless Arab groups such as the Palestinians and those with too much money, such as the Saudis, the victory in Afghanistan in 1990, which came after the battles in Lebanon in the 1980s, led them to join up with the terrorists in Algeria. ‘The Afghans’ became a pseudonym for those Arabs and other Muslims who were marching as part of a worldwide movement. They had changed strategy since the 1970s, when their terrorists focused on murdering Arab heads of state(Anwar Sadat being the high-point in 1973, as well as a raid on the Great Mosque in Mecca). Increasingly after defeat in the Algerian war in the 1990s they turned their eyes on the west and America.
This was a by-product, apparently unforeseen, to the Afghan struggle. America had long known the power of militant Islam, after all the Iranian revolution and the hostage Crises in 1979 and 1980 had been part of this struggle, but somehow America, having supported the Secular Socialist Baathist Saddam Hussein against the Iranians, had forgotten about this problem. The attacks on Americans were brazen and ignored in the 1990s, the U.S.S Cole, the Kaibur towers, the Tanzanian and Kenyan embassies, the ‘battle of the Black Sea’ in Mogadishu, the world trade center and numerous other incidents. America’s strongest Muslim allies, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, were the main centers of terrorist and Islamist training and ideology and yet they fell under the radar during the 1980s and 1990s. Oil was one reason, but their alliance with the U.S in the Cold War was the primary one. Men like Charlie Wilson absolutely loved and admired the ‘desert Arabs’ and the Pakistanis for their bravery in standing up to the Soviets. It was the Soviet allied regimes that had long been the thorn in America’s side in the Middle East, including the PLO and Syria. Nasser’s Arab Nationalists and the Baathists were the ones that brought U.S forced to Lebanon and Iran in the 1950s under the Eisenhower Doctrine and brought the English to the Canal Zone in 1956 and to Jordan in 1958.
It seemed that the Islamist inspired monarchy of Saudi was much more American in her conservative religious values and this appealed to many of the right wing Americans who supported the Jihad(this was part of the wider ‘Arab Cold War’ that took place between the Nasserist coup in 1952 and 1990 that split the Arab world between nationalists and monarchists, religious and secular). They also liked Zia al Haq of Pakistan who had been a longtime ally of the U.S. Pakistan had been the back-channel for American communications with China, and as an ally of China and the U.S, Pakistan was implicitly not only opposed to Soviet rule in Afghanistan but also to India, her longtime enemy since 1948. India under Nehru had steered herself into the non-aligned pact and thus along with Nasser, Tito and many others was strongly opposed to the U.S. Thus through the 1990s, despite the end of the Cold War, Cold war friends remained close to America. America did not change course on her policy vis-à-vis India, despite the victory of the BJP and the fall of the Socialist INC. Pakistan was the conduit for American influence there. Indonesia too, a Muslim state who had long suppressed non-Muslims in East Timor, Hindus in Bali and Chinese throughout the country had been a U.S ally since the 1970s.
But Sept. 11th did change all of that. Suddenly the perceptions of the Muslim religious regimes changed abruptly. Neo-conservatives who made up a large swath of influential voices in the administration and old Cold Warriors understood that a profound change of policy was needed. The invasion of Afghanistan in the fall and winter of 2001 and 2002 was an easy decision, that was where Al Quaida was. But the decision for Iraq was much more complicated.
Iraq, like the Saudi hijackers, had turned on America. Like the Jihadists in Afghanistan, Iraq had been a U.S ally against Iran. Long coveted by the Sunni loving Arabists who ran the State Department’s Near Eastern division(as chronicled in The Arabists), Saddam was a friend of the U.S until he went too far. Due to the debts he owed the other Arab nations, they had bankrolled him to fight for them and their security against the Iranian Shiite threat in the Persian gulf, Saddam resurrected an old 1920s dispute with Kuwait and invaded that country in 1990. The Cold War had just ended and as America was searching for a new role in the world, Islamists seemed to hand her that role, although it was not readily visible.
The Iraqi invasion presented a problem. Saddam was indeed a friend of the U.S, but the Iran-Iraq war, the reason for the friendship, had ended in 1989. Saddam invaded the Gulf Arab state because of money and because they undercut him in OPEC sales. But he threatened Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States(Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain) all of which were in many ways U.S protectorates, very close allies. America sided with Saudi Arabia because hers was the oldest relationship, dating back to the 1930s, and because Saddam had styled himself a new Saladin, he was vehemently anti-Israel, the PLO had sided with him and he was positioning himself to dominate more than 50% of the world’s Oil.
When the war was over Saddam was weakened and the U.S did indeed set up a Kurdish mini-state in northern Iraq, under the protection of the Special Forces and the U.S Air Force. However a Shiite uprising was not supported, no doubt the Saudis did not favor it since they had their own Shiite problems and they recalled the Iranian threat in the 1980s, Saddam was allowed in 1991 and 1992 to use his remaining helicopters to crush the Shiites.
However in 2001 the situation was different. Revelations that Saudi Arabia was funding radical Islamist doctrines across the world were met with dismay. In the old days such hatred had been directed at the atheistic Soviet Union, but in the 1990s it increasingly targeted Christians and the west. America realized the pernicious influence this was having the United States and also in Europe, among the burgeoning Muslim community.
A decision was made that it was imperative that America no longer rely solely on Saudi Arabia and the gulf states for her oil, since this money spent on oil was indeed funding terrorism. But other oil producing states such as Libya and Iran hated America, there was no chance of allying with them. However there was one state in the Middle East whose regime was secular, whose regime was weak and who had once been a U.S ally; Iraq. In the 1990s Bush Sr. had objected to taking out Saddam and so had Clinton, preferring containment and bombing, because an Iraq without Saddam would be a power vacuum into which radical Islam and all sorts of terrible things would come. There was also the problem of the Kurds and the Shiites and Sunnis.
However in 2001 it was determined that the time was ripe to finish the job. It should be an easy war, Saddam had a weak army, and there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction to fear, U.S intelligence confirmed both these things. It was not a Haliburton ‘war for oil’ but it was supposed to be a war that would garner America a new ally in the Middle East, a secular style democracy with diverse groups to balance one another and a record of a strong middle class(Iraq had that into the 1980s and the public was highly literate and intellectual and not prone to fanaticism). That was the assessment, for a short war, there would be a new ally. America would dismantle her bases in Saudi and move them to her new friend in Iraq, just across the border. Iraq and Kuwait would form the new bulwark of U.S influence in the Middle East. Saudi would be left to wither, after the war, the U.S would scale back her influence there and her alliance. Also with Iraq as a U.S ally America would have more leverage with the Saudis, now when she condemned Saudi for sex-slave trafficking, human rights violations and supporting terrorism she could back it up with sanctions, Saudi could no longer use the oil weapon effectively because oil reserves would be secured in Iraq(recall that in the 1980s Saudi was Americas only oil producing friend in the middle east, outside the gulf states, where Saudi wielded great influence due to her size and power).
That was the secret history of the Gulf War. Iraq was supposed to be a pushover. It had one been governed by the British, it had a history of moderation. It was supposed to be transformed into a U.S ally. The Iraqi national congress opposition groups assured America of that as did CIA allies like Chalabi. The Shiite threat(they were the dominant demographic group) was downplayed. America understood that al Quaida would set up groups in Iraq to fight the U.S but it was felt that fighting them on their own soil would be easier than waiting for them to attack, and that the fight would go America’s way as it had in Afghanistan. The Kurds were already strong U.S allies. It was felt that the Iraqi army and infrastructure would be left intact after the war and that America might even hire many of the Sunni Iraqis who had the know how to plan post-war Iraq, they were reliable secularists and Saddam had hated al Quaida so they would too, and they hated Iran, which America did too.
Much has been written about the neo-cons influence and the doctrine of pre-emption championed by Paul Wolfowitz but this idea has been mislabeled. It was not necessarily pre-emptive if one accepts that high level American leaders knew that Saddam was no immediate threat(certainly less than North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran). The idea that Democracy would lead to peace and allies in the Middle East(The Democratic peace scenario) was certainly at the forefront but it was not a neo-con idea either. The neo-con, if they had as much influence as they have been credited with, revolution was one that saw a strengthened more muscular, more involved U.S foreign policy, a Wilsonian like, making the world safe for democracy, as should have been done in the 1930s(the Americans who went to fight in Spain have euphemistically been called ‘early pre-emptionists’). The neo-cons were profoundly repulsed by Clinton’s lobbing of bombs at the Serbs(twice) and at Sudan and Afghanistan and Iraq and not doing anything, as they were dismayed by America’s useless invasion of Haiti that changed nothing and put a dictator(Jean Birtrand Aristide) back into power. Neo-conservativism was first coined as a phrase and ideology in the early 1980s to label those men, many of whome who had been leftists, who converted to Reagenism, such as Jean Kirkpatrick and Norman Podhoretz, and advocated the Reagan doctrine against the Soviets, the notion that Containment was a failure and so was détente and that the ‘evil empire’ had to be rolled back. These were the ideas that came to the fore again after being in abatement since 1988(Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Brent Scowcroft and the other advisers to Bush Sr. were not interventionists or Wilsonians. Clinton’s advisors such as Madeline Albright. Richard Holbroke and Bill Richardson as well as Carter holdovers such as Zvignew Brizinski believed that America should be sort of a worldwide Svengali policing human rights abuses and wielding the unwieldy power of Nato and the U.N to accomplish her goals. Profoundly more pro-European than the Reaganites or neo-cons, it trusted in the ability to solve most problems through bombing and negotiations, which seems like a TR carrot and stick approach but is not, there was no follow through and this author has referred to the Clinton era in foreign policy as the ‘walk in the clouds’. From Somalia(1992) to Haiti(1994) to Rwanda(1994) to North Korea(1996) to Bosnia(1996) to Kosovo(1998) to Sudan(1997) to Afghanistan(1997) to the bombings of Iraq(1994, 1996, 1998, 1999) the Clinton years netted not one policy success and in fact there does not appear to have been any policy, like Bush Sr. there was a desire to ‘put out fires’ but not anticipate them and in putting them out they were never extinguished).
But something went horribly wrong. The Shiites formed militias including the Mahdi army and they didn’t take to Democracy so well, and then they understood too well that Democracy would bring them dictatorial rule and they tried to suppress and destroy the Sunnis, who were long time allies of the U.S, horrifying the Saudis who now contemplated funding the very terrorist groups confronting the U.S and Shiites in Iraq. The Shiite plague spread to Pakistan and also to Lebanon. People spoke of a Shiite Ascendancy and the election of Ahmadinjad a hard line Holocaust denying, nuke building, fascist in Iraq, was no helpful. The de-Baathification that took place in the first few days in Iraq harmed U.S interests. It turned out the Defense Department hadn’t planned for a post war Iraq(see Fiasco). Even the idea that America would fight al Quaida ‘over their’ instead of in New York proved wrong because it turned out the Sunni Islamists preferred murdering Iraqi Shiites and vice-versa more so than Americans and a semi-Civil war began in 2006.
American boggling also led to a number of major setbacks. The over-reliance on civilian contractors, whose deaths and lynching at Fallujah led to numerous struggles in the ‘Sunni triangle’. The inability to consider self-determination for the Kurds(as was considered for the Kosovars) in the wake of the Baker-Hamilton report of 2005. Most ruinous was the first weeks after the conquest of Baghdad, the dismantling of the Iraqi army, the failure of Rumsfeld to come up with a post-Iraq plan, feuding between the State Department(pro-Sunni Arabists), the CIA(who were pro-Chalabi), NSA(pro-Israel) and the Defense Department. The apparently idiotic attempt to ‘learn’ from the Israel experience in the West Bank and the French experience in Algeria as to how best to win against insurgents, incapsulated in the twin Pentagon documents; A paper by Major Gregory D. Peterson, TheFrench Experience in Algeria, 1954-62: Blueprint for U.S. Operations in Iraq, Ft Leavenworth, KS: School of Advanced Military Studies, and the less than brilliant screening of the film The Battle of Algiers at the Pentagon where the informative poster for it read “How to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range. Women plant bombs in cafes. Soon the entire Arab population builds to a mad fervor. Sound familiar? The French have a plan. It succeeds tactically, but fails strategically. To understand why, come to a rare showing of this film.” Anyone thinking that the term ‘the French have a Plan’ was going to turn out well could only hope to be quickly dismayed. America was at least saved lives when it turned out that the ‘insurgency’ in Iraq was primarily one between two or more rival Arab groups(Sunni versus Shia, Al Quaids versus the Mahdi army, Zarqawi versus al Sadr, foreigners versus Iraqis, Arabs versus Kurds, Assyrians and Turcomen). The result of the insurgency was eventually to drive all the former secular Baathists and other secular people out of the country, including any progressive Muslims and Christians. The Palestinians who had found refuge also all were forced to flee to Jordan and Syria, complaining as they have in the past against others of ‘ethnic-cleansing’.
America found herself relying more than ever on Saudi Arabia. There is no clear end to the Iraq war in sight. 3,000 Americans have died. America hasn’t even dared to partition the country so as to get a Kurdish ally out of it with oil fields at Karkuk for fear of alienating Turkey and Saudi(because the Shiites would implicitly get autonomy then too).
All America can do is watch it get worse and watch the Islamists kill eachother, which isn’t a terrible thing, but was not the original intention.
Democracy has been a patent failure in the Middle East. It has brought Hamas to power in the Palestinian territories, Hizbullah to power in Lebanon, strengthened the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and it has brought Shiite fascists to power in Iraq. America should have been aware that Islamism had the greatest popularity on the street in the Arab and Muslim world. The victory in Algeria of Islamists in a 1990 election led to a decade long civil war there, someone should have realized that Islamism was ascendant by the late 1980s. Someone forget that democracy has not always led to peace. The Democratic peace theory, championed by most political scientists(it apparently competes with the ‘economic peace’ theory that claims free markets lead to peace) claims that democracies have never fought one another. This is in fact a massive lie. Democracy allowed fascists to seize power in Italy and Germany and gave them great inroads in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain in the 1920s and 1930s. Democracy, in a tragic way, was responsible for the weakness of Weimar Germany that led to Nazism. Indeed Mussolini and Hitler ended Democracy but no one can forget that it was Democracy that brought them to power. Democracy is the concept that more than half the people make correct choices more than half the time. However as Churchill pointed out it was merely the least of a number of bad choices for how to organize government, the only countries that didn’t go fascist in the 1930s were those with long Democratic traditions(the U.S and England, France doesn’t count). If Fascism was brought to power through democracy why would anyone assume Islamism would be different and Islamist parties openly speak of their scorn for democracy, despite exploiting it, are they any different in their ideology than the fascists? No. Indeed the idea that democracy alone will solve the world’s problems, along with self-determination, those Wilsonian ideas, were proved mostly wrong long ago. However Dictatorship does no better.
And Shiism is indeed ascendant in the Middle East.
Some have claimed the oft-repeated ‘America gave the green light’ to Israel’s response to a Lebanese kidnapping attempt in the summer of 2006 which led to a month long Israeli bombing campaign and partial invasion of Lebanon which then led to a perception that Israel lost the war because she failed to win. When one survey’s overall America’s allies in the Middle East one therefore finds that the two pillars, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are weakened of late. The Mersheimier and Walt ‘working paper’ from Harvard that claimed that the Israel lobby endangers U.S foreign policy in the Middle East was mistaken(an old Arabist canard) but it is true that an enfeebled Israel and a Saudi that is afraid of the Shiites is not helping the U.S. Egypt received billions of U.S aid and military equipment(per the Camp David accords) but she is only barely a strong ally. Jordan is an ally but is also weakened by the Iraq problems. Syria, Iran and Hizullah have formed an arc of terror hostile to the U.S stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Mediteranean. Turkey is now run by Islamists, rejected U.S troop placements in the second Iraq War, and cannot resolve its own Kurdish problems. Algeria and Libya are not U.S allies. Morrocco is but has no influence. Pakistan, an ally, is also host to Bin Laden and the Taliban. The only good thing to come out of the last 6 years has been a reorientation in American policy towards supporting any regime that is anti-Islamist and thus garnered the U.S alliances with India and Ethiopia, which will serve the U.S well in the future. However the U.S missed a chance to ally closely with Thailand’s Thaksin Shinuat before his fall from power in 2006. Singapore, a long time anti-communist ally under Lee Kwan Hew is still close to the U.S. America has worked to gain closer relationships with Uzbekistan but recent anti-opposition crack downs in all the central asian states(Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgizistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) has not served the U.S and U.S bases have been thrown out of at least one of those countries. Kazakhstan is still firmly in the Russian orbit. There is great fear that they will all go Islamist once their Soviet holdover leaders die. Kosovo and Bosnia have proved to be failures in terms of the international effort to make them states. The U.S policy in the Balkans has therefore also proved to have been a failure. The U.S should have sided with Serbia and Macedonia. Now the U.S has the problem of being beholden to weakened allies in the Middle East and confronting not only Sunni Al Quaida Islamism but also Shiism(in the 1980s the U.S briefly confronted the Shiites in Lebanon after the marine barracks bombing and the embassy bombing, but the conflict resulted in the death of the CIA station chief, dozens of kidnappings, Iran-Contra, and the death of the president of the American University of Beirut, and the withdrawal of U.S troops in 1984). The American contest with the Shiites in Iran in 1979(chronicled recently in Guests of the Ayatollah) was also a failure.
Wither American foreign policy in the world?
The author was a long time Republican Activist in Southern Arizona, a clerk to Congressman Jim Kolbe and a leader of the Bush2000 campaign in Arizona. Through this work and a variety of other channels he became privy to information regarding a number of revelations about the road to America’s war in Iraq of 2003. His study of the conflict since moving to the Middle East in 2002 has only confirmed these views.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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Hi! Thanks for the link up and I'm glad that my blog hasa been noticed. That taxi ride was one of many of the same weird incidents in Kuwait and frankly the views that you talk about seemed to be the prevailing ones in Kuwait.
It's hard to believe that this sort of thing still goes on and that Indians and Philipinos are treated like slaves, but once you see the squalor that they are forced to live in you can't deny that this is indeed modern day slavery.
I myself am Vietnamese and the sort of disdain that the Kuwaitis deemed that I was worthy of on account of my skin colour was deplorable.
Keep up the good writing my man. I'll post a link back to your blog on mine.
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