One hundred years on from WWI, and it would seem that the great powers haven’t learned a thing. In fact, some believe there could easily be war in Europe again. And unlike the US led attack on Yugoslavia a few decades ago, this will not be without reprisal. Russia is now quite capable and willing to defend what she sees as her interests. Currently, the war between the perhaps not so legitimate Ukrainian government and the rebels to the east of that country continues, and worsens.
Many of the original government to take over in Kiev have already resigned, including the infamous “Yats,” of course who was of the choosing of Victoria Nuland herself. One can only wonder about the inside politics that allowed this to take place. Did “Yats” know something divined through tea leaves about the immediate future of the region?
Meanwhile, from the Levant to Iraq, the Middle East (a misnomer of sorts, as there are Asia, Africa, and Europe – but truly no “Middle East” ) is suffering disaster compounded by catastrophe. The so-called IS fighters have swept through much of the region, establishing a “Caliphate” in their wake. There are some, especially in the region, who are quite certain IS are not who they claim to be. Who really is ISIS and how could they take so much territory in so little time? Notice how their fighters drive the same white pick-up trucks seen in Libya during the “uprising” against Qaddafi? Yes, one could easily speculate that this is a CIA (and perhaps other Intelligence Agency) front group. And the whole thing becomes nonsensical when one considers the effort put into backing similar groups to overthrow Assad, while claiming an offshoot of these groups must be stopped in Kurdistan. (Keep in mind that the Washington Post article linked above is actually a whitewash, and the situation is and was much worse than they describe.) American foreign policy is strange stuff.
And of course, in the middle of all of the misery, a “war” (more like one-sided imposed destruction) breaks out between Israel and Hamas based in Gaza. One must remember that Hamas was created as a more radical counterweight to the PLO. If Israel was prepared to deal with the PLO in the early 80s along the lines of a two-state solution, then likely a lot of bad history would never have happened. But they weren’t. And they aren’t. It is now more likely, in the long term, that a one-state solution will emerge, something which Israel would probably like even less than the two-state approach.
Yet, none of this current misery could continue without the ignorant support of the American fundamentalist Christian right wing. Their ignorant hatred of Islam, and relentless support of Israel right or wrong, enables the continuation of such policies – which don’t even benefit the US at this point. Something is very wrong when 100 Senators agree on something, and this is what they agree on. Of course, some of the Senators claim this wasn’t a formal vote. This is but a technicality.
There are various theories as to why these events are converging upon us now. Some believe it is all being done for the sake of Israel. But I have contended on this blog before that the US is in the process of a shift away from Israel, and perhaps even an accommodation with Iran – something Israel may or may not like. (See this post.) So, I don’t fully accept that theory as valid. As well, there are many other theories – too many to go into.
For me, at this moment, the most viable theory is the one that puts oil and gas interests front and center. Of course, at times I’m often more willing to accept theories that seem further out as well. So, I’ll end with a link to an article that explains the oil and gas connection theory better than I could myself.