In 1991 the United States of America invaded Kuwait to expel Iraqi forces from the region. It was a swift and decisive victory. When the job was done the USA packed up and went home. They had the support and thanks of the international community. Five years later when the BBC hypothetically discussed overthrowing Saddam Hussein with George Bush Sr. he said “To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the Arab world against us, and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day Arab hero…”. To me this shows a good understanding of the politics and stability in the area.
Twenty years later George W. Bush did exactly what his father knew well enough not to do 15 years prior. Why? Now we’ve got a toppled regime and a world-class shit show going on as the Sunni, Shiite and Curd populations battle for territory in Iraq and Iran. At that point I was thinking It’s not ideal but if we leave it alone they’ll fight out borders that work for everyone (The much proposed three state Iraq). So imagine my surprise when I wake up this morning to read that the USA has begun to bomb in Iraq again. Why?
Most people don’t realize that the borders in the middle east were calculated borders to create instability. Usually borders are established by geographic features, cultural boundaries, military strength, government policy, etc. The borders in the middle east were designed by the US, France and England in 1920 cut through things like cultural and religious groups to create instability. Then to create loyal, dependant governments they empowered the minority groups and provided them money and weapons to maintain their hold on power. The middle east as we know it today was designed to be unstable.
The USA is bombing to protect their own military forces and the “minority religious groups” from the “militants”. Do you see where this is going? The USA is attempting to restore the minorities to power. To re-paint a building with severe foundation problems. Why?
My favourite part is this quote from the New York Post, “the US has airdropped more than 60 of 72 bundles of food and water to religious minorities holed up in mountaintop camps”. If I was a hurricane or drought victim in the USA I’d be seriously asking myself why my government would go to such lengths to supply people in another country when they won’t lift a finger to help the people in their own country.
We live in a world governed by money when what we really need is merit based leaders and diplomacy. When I imagine the world of old I can’t help but think that they could do a better job with a pen than the current US foreign policy will ever do with bombs. On the other hand those leaders designed the current middle east. So who knows?