Pax Americana: Real American Agenda Now Becoming Clear

A superpower like the United States does not invade a pipsqueak power like Iraq - outside the framework of international law and against worldwide opposition - only for its publicly stated reasons, in this case, fighting terrorism, liberating Iraq and triggering a domino effect for the democratization of the Middle East.

The real American agenda is only now becoming clearer.

The conquest of Iraq is enabling a new Pax Americana that goes well beyond the much-discussed control of oil, as central as that is to the enterprise.

America is redrawing the military map of the region with amazing alacrity. It has pulled its bases out of Saudi Arabia and Turkey in favor of less-demanding hosts.

Its relations with Egypt have been placed on the back burner.

It is no accident that those three nations are the region's more populous. And that America's newest partners - Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates - are thinly populated and tightly controlled monarchies.

People are a problem for America in the Arab and Muslim world. They are bristling with anti-Americanism, principally over the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

The pullout of 10,000 U.S. troops from a Saudi air base was long overdue, not just because it was a favorite target of Osama bin Laden. It so embarrassed the ruling House of Saud that the Americans had to be kept in purdah, away from the public at a remote base in the desert.

The base is obviously no longer needed since Saddam Hussein is gone. But its closure, in fact, is America's answer to Saudi resistance to the war and the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were bin Laden Saudis.

As the two nations begin a new chapter in their 50-year relationship, America will be less dependant on, though not free of the need for, Saudi oil.

The kingdom with the world's largest oil reserves and the highest output will lose clout as America controls the second-largest reserves in Iraq.

Turkey, too, has to renegotiate its relations with Washington.

America now has a vise grip on the region, with 14 new post-9/11 bases, from eastern Europe through Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Pakistan and Afghanistan to the two Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The singular feature of all those new allies is that they are weak states. Most are undemocratic, if not repressive.

So, America is replicating its failed model of using unrepresentative regimes to suppress the people, but doing it on new turf.

This short-term gain, therefore, may come at the expense of long-term pain. And even that will depend on how well America does with its "road map" for peace in the Middle East, so inextricably linked are Muslims to the plight of Palestinians.

Within Iraq itself, the dawn of a democratic era is not unfolding as advertised.

In the name of stopping the emergence of an Iranian-style theocracy in favor of what the White House has called an "Islamic democracy" (whatever that means), America seems determined to install its own puppet regime in Baghdad.

The majority Shiites are being shunted aside.

Those protesting the American presence, including the minority Sunnis in the cities of Falluja and Mosul, are being shot and killed by American troops.

The distance between American words and deeds is nowhere more evident than in George W. Bush's triumphalist declaration that he has licked terrorism in Iraq.

It turns out that he has a very selective dislike for terrorism.

Appallingly, he has quietly cozied up to a most notorious terrorist group, the leftist Mujahideen-e-Khalq in Iraq.

Prior to the 1979 revolution in Iran, the Khalq was accused of killing Americans there. Post-revolution, it reportedly supported the student takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. But frozen out of the spoils of power, the group turned against the Islamic regime, killing scores of civilians.

Routed out of Iran, it set up guerrilla bases in Iraq from where to harass and attack Iran.

On the diplomatic front, the Khalq took full advantage of America's antipathy to Iran and convinced 150 members of Congress to blindly sign petitions in its favor. But the U.S. and the European Union eventually caught up and branded it the terrorist organization that it has long been.

In the early days of the war on Iraq, American planes started bombing its bases. But the Khalq PR machines swung into action in Washington to get the guerrillas spared.

In a secret ceasefire deal, signed April 15 but not released until Wednesday, the Bush boys agreed to let the Khalq be. The group even gets to keep all its weapons.

So the Khalq moves from Saddam's patronage to Bush's.

So much for wiping out terrorism and terrorists.

Taken together, these American moves do not reflect the high principles of Bush's rhetoric. Rather, they bear an uncanny resemblance to the British colonial enterprise of nearly a century ago, the price of which is still being paid by the people there.

Haroon Siddiqui is the Star's editorial page editor emeritus.

Source: Toronto Star

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I agree with this article. There is a lot to be done to stop American Government from exploiting people for their personal benefits.

Looks like the author has just woken up. US policies have remained consistent for the last 100 years, especially after 1890 when Indian wars were over and US started expanding overseas, first into Cuba, Puerto Rico, and then Phillipines. Similar expansions took place all over the world (without US occupying the territory); all US wanted was influence; this led to war in Korea and then VietNam.

Pax Americana has been practised for over 100 years; only thing is that we never called it that, more out of lack of serious analysis than ignorance.

what are we doing to prevent the kuffar to achieve their dirty goals, muslims are still fighting with each other look at the iranian mujahideen group in iraq which has surrenedered to their enemy by laying thweir arms, sunnis and shias are not united themeselves the shias are still fighting over who should have been the first caliph, and mournng death of imamm hussein rather than mourning for the loss of their nation and people iraq has now been made maybe atleast ten twenty years more backward by destruction of its infrastructure, by kafirs and some muslims in us are still supporting that. what ashame, the fault lies in muslims who fail to get united at all levels. the kuffar might appear really ice on the face but they decieving us form behind at community leveles and international levels.

This is very bad journalism--propaganda indeed. Taking a few loosely connected facts, presenting them systematically in order to create some false impression ("The majority Shiites are being shunted aside"), sometimes quite dishonestly ("Those protesting (...) are being shot and killed by American troops"), does not make an opinion worth reading.

Was there ever any doubt about Bush's intentions?
He has been made president to serve the Jewish goals of Palestine's invading settlers - namely to wipe out Islam COMPLETELY so that no future generations will try to drive them back out. All this is now being paid for with Muslim oil.

A theocracy that beats down the citizens and controls them with fear and intimidation is obviously a better arrangement. It is much better to keep ones mouth shut than to risk beatings, torture and murder. God forbid that a country could organize itself and respect all the citizens equally. It's obviously a lot better to have one ruling party ensnared by Clerics who have their own agendas. And God help the minority religious population.
It seems I have read the Iraqi people are throwing out the Palestinians who have made Iraq their home. Where has that love gone?

I wonder what Rosi Dimanno thinks of the article!
As for US withdrawl from KSA will not bring any
change in US policy.They are now in a far better
postion,establishing their base in Iraq as a pivot and use the gulf states as a fulcrum to lift any other state of her feet,if they feel that government does not suit their whims.

Quote: The singular feature of all those new allies is that they are weak states. Most are undemocratic, if not repressive.

As opposed to all of the strong, democratic nations in the region?

Whoever thinks that the Americans are in Iraq to liberate the Iraqi people or for the well being of the muslims, they must be foolish. Wake Up!