In a report by the politically subversive and left-leaning Haaretz Newspaper from Israel, the headline reads that Iran says “U.S. strikes in Syria will set (the) Middle East ablaze.” Observe that the Middle East is already ablaze and has been for some time. Why is it that the Middle East is always ablaze? Here are some reasons.
- The Middle East is rich in oil making it a target for exploitation
- The Middle East comprises diverse ethnic and religious people whose values and beliefs are contradictory
- The Middle East has a tribal culture
- Middle Eastern governments and culture mix church and state whereby Islamic laws often dominate at the exclusion of pluralistic society
- Islamic sects in the Middle East are in perpetual conflict
- Democracy and freedom are deficient or absent in most parts of the Middle East by free world standards
- Large population of illiterate and poor people for exploitation by an educated and powerful few
Of course, Iran does not want the U.S. to continue its war against Bashar al-Assad because they are in alignment. Americans striking Syria is questionable unless it requests permission from the sovereign government to hit ISIS targets. However, there has been a game changer. Syrian rebels that were formerly independent from the Islamic State have now declared a ceasefire between them, and they are one.
In reading “Why Arabs Lose Wars by Norvell B. De Atkine, Middle East Quarterly, December 1999, a part of the conclusion reads as follows:
“It would be difficult to exaggerate the cultural gulf separating American and Arab military cultures. In every significant area, American military advisors find students who enthusiastically take in their lessons and then resolutely fail to apply them. The culture they return to—the culture of their own armies in their own countries—defeats the intentions with which they took leave of their American instructors.”
Arab culture defeats its ability to make progress. Trying to change it is a like a rubber band that expands and then snaps back into place. Perhaps the reason for this is at the foundation of the culture. It is the business rules governing society. Until there is the separation between church and state, the Middle East will not have the ability to adapt to the modern free world. Until the society receives a massive boost in education and a change in the balance of consequences that reward progressive behavior and punishes regressive behavior, there will be no forward progress.
For that reason, no matter how small or large the Islamic State is today, it must be confronted and defeated by the free world in order to make the consequences clear. Punishing the actors without also providing help and incentive for displaced people will not lead to desired outcomes either.
The millions of persons whose lives are disrupted by war present an opportunity for change and improvement with proper international investment. What is the return for this, capitalists may wonder?
“Middle East Updates / Iran: U.S. strikes in Syria will set Middle East ablaze
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By Peter Beinart | Sep. 14, 2014 | 12:08 AM
8:20 P.M. Two top Iranian government officials accused the U.S. of using the fight against Islamic State militants as a pretext for illegitimate meddling in the affairs of Middle East nations, AFP reported on Saturday.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, accused Washington of “pursuing their unilateral policies and violating the sovereignty of states” under the banner of war on Jihadists. The U.S., he said, was “trying to divert the eyes of the world from its pivotal role in supporting and equipping the terrorists in Syria in a bid to topple the legitimate regime,” according to the report.
Iran’s speaker of parliament Ali Larjiani, meanwhile, warned the U.S. that it “could not attack Syria on the pretext of fighting against the Islamic State.”
Launching strikes against Syria, he said, would be “playing with fire,” and the U.S. “must know that if it attacks countries in the region […] no one will be able to control the region. The fuse will be lit.” (Haaretz)