posted on Oct, 30 2011 @ 11:42 AM
You know, I posted this in another forum. But I feel I need to post this here, too. Moderators, feel free to take it off if this violates in rules. My
apologies if it does.
So, let me get this straight.
In 2005 we invaded Iraq in order to depose a Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, Bathist tyrant, in order to "liberate" it's various religiously, culturally,
ideologically, and ethically fractious citizens. This was, in a very ill conceived attempt, to install a democracy in said country. What followed
(predictably) was a bloody, medium-grade civil war, which inflamed secretarial hatred between Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, and Christians alike. A
contention that still continues on (though at a lower intensity), even today. Furthermore, in installing a "democracy", in reality a loose coalition
of the previously mentioned groups, whose sole aim is to prevent the other contending groups from having political and economic power (via oil export
revenue to America and various allies and, contradictory enough, enemies, ) we have given the Shiite majority in Iraq huge political leverage. An
issue most Americans would not care about, had it not been for the fact that Iran ( a majorly Shiite country), a supposed enemy of the United States,
is using this Shiite majority in Iraq as a potential tool in a possible asymmetric war in the near future. An Sunni-Shia, asymmetric war that not only
encompasses the nation of Iraq, but regional nations such as Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain and a host of other Middle East states. Most
importantly it includes American oil allies (who are themselves Sunni tyrants, of the monarchist kind, hypocritically enough) who have been using
their own military and the American military as a shield against rising Shia influence in the region as well is within their own borders.
Meanwhile in early 2011 a grassroots revolution, known as the "Arab Spring", swept through the Middle East, deposing various tyrants, some
friends (Mubarak, in Egypt) and others enemies (Qaddafi, in Libya) of America. This authentic and homegrown movement undermined the argument that
military intervention by the United States was necessary for political change in the Middle East. Of course, Libya can be considered an exclusion to
this fact, but is still up for debate. Even more contradictory, various revolutions calling for liberty and fair elections (Syria, Tunisia, Libya, and
Egypt) were supported by tyrannical dictatorships, such as Saudi Arabia, while other revolutions (see Bahrain), which called for same rights, were
brutally suppressed by, again, Saudi Arabia. A double-standard overlooked by the United States, because of it's close economic (see oil exports)
ties with the Saudi Royal Monarchy.
And now, at the closing of 2011, we find ourselves supposedly withdrawing troops from Iraq at the requests (excuse me---barely heard pleas) of the
United States citizen, only to see these same troops be re-stationed, in potentially larger numbers, in the previously mentioned countries monarchist
tyrannies of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. This is in preparation for another potential conflict in the same region, only with Iran, instead of Iraq. And
just as a historical side note, to heighten the idiocy that is this Middle East Absurdist/Surrealist drama, the United States gave weapons/money to
Saddam Hussein (remember him?) in order to neutralize Iranian influence in the 80's. Furthermore, many of the revolutions, including the ones forced
by the American military, (Iraq) have already (Tunisia), or are leading to (Egypt) governments whose Islamist tendencies (see Muslim Brotherhood) are
antithetical to democratic ideals the United States foreign policy gurus had hoped would emerge.
So with all these realities in play, can someone please explain to me how U.S. foreign policy in the last 2 to 3 decades has made any rational
sense? I would call this a conspiracy, but there is so little competence in how we have handled the events over in the Middle East, even that seems
unlikely. Did I get any of this wrong? Heck, just to be nice, I've excluded the mess in Afganistan/Pakistan/India and Israel/Palestine/Lebanon.
Please, tell me if I'm getting this wrong?