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The bombs have
fallen over Baghdad, and the Hussein Regime has apparently fallen.
Whole armies have ditched their uniforms, shed their boots, dropped
their weapons, and walked away from battles with the Americans.
It seems incredible, but there it is.
While it is
obviously too early to formally announce the end of the war; its
safe to say that the end is definitely in sight.
Or is it?
ease of the Iraq War appears to have whetted the appetite of hardliners
in the intelligence community to shop around for new fish to fry.
Former Clinton Administration spy chief R James Woolsey, speaking
more for his class than his former president, told a group of students
that the United States is engaged in World
War IV, with the United States' enemies the mullahs in Iran, as
well as the "fascists" in Syria, and remaining in Iraq.
Woolseys statements seem to represent similar views in the
Bush Administration, especially those of Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld, and his chief deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, who are making angry,
threatening noises about Syria. Wolfowitz told the Senate Armed
Services Committee recently, "The Syrians are behaving badly,
they need to be reminded of that, and if they continue... we need
to think about what our policy is." (USA Today, 4/11/03, 6A)
This may be
a Bush administration signal for the next target of the U.S. Imperial
military machine, and a hint that the bombs have not finished bursting.
threats about Iran, Syria and other states in the Middle East seems
to suggest that the Baghdad Battle had little to do with 'Weapons
of Mass Destruction' as the administration and the media has pressed
for months. Is it about something else?
A study published
several years ago from the Project for the New American Century
(published September 2000) suggests, the placing of American troops
in Eastern Europe and in the Middle East serves the interests of
constructing an "American security perimeter" (p. 14).
This "perimeter" intends a permanent military presence
in various parts of the world, including the Persian Gulf (an area
impacting Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Arab Emirates, and
The report makes
clear that this area is important to American military dominance
for reasons unrelated to WMDs:
In the Persian
Gulf region the presence of American forces, along with British
and French units, *has become a semi-permanent fact of life.* Though
the immediate mission of those forces is to enforce the no-fly zones
over northern and southern Iraq, they represent the long-term commitment
of the United States and its major allies to a
region of vital importance. Indeed, the United States has for decades
sought to play a *more permanent role in Gulf regional security.
While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification,
the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends
the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.* (p. 14)
Guess who serves
on the board of thinkers who contributed to this report? Although
the project participants appear to be top-heavy with people from
the Defense Department and defense-related industries like the Northrup
Grumman Corporation, the aforementioned Paul Wolfowitz contributed
to the report, as did the pro-war hawk from the *Weekly Standard*,
Why do you
think Iraq, and its surrounding neighbors are situated in a "region
of vital [U.S.] importance"?
the reason is as plain as the nose on the Sphinx: oil.
Faced with the
imminent threat of shrinking defense budgets after the end of the
Cold War, government and industry united in this project to find
a reason for reorienting the nation's wealth into the weaponry and
toys of war. September 11 happened, and >voila!< the fear
unleashed by the crumbling towers of Manhattan let loose something
primal. It was easy for the administration to subtly threaten 'weapons
of mass destruction', and to project Iraq as the number one threat
of the U.S. Hmmm... They didnt seem like much of a threat
This was a
demonstration war; a war to sow fear and anxiety into the very heart
of the Arab and Muslim worlds, to prepare them for a "semi-permanent"
occupation. And it aint over!
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