Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, June 2010
The Bogus War on Terrorism:
How America and Britain Were Dragged to Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?
By Mahboob A. Khawaja
Al-Jazeerah: CCUN, June 14, 2010
They is no rational purpose for the US and Britain to be fighting against the innocent people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Wars are the outcome of naïve, egoistic and corrupt mindset representing minority ruling elite, irresponsible to consequences on human society and are planned, financed and fought by governments, not by groups or ordinary people. Wars are based on political agendas and they long for complete control over resources, people and territory. Most wars would have multiple reasons, domestic, foreign and global outreach.
The American led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are fought to maintain the US domination worldwide, to occupy the untapped natural resources of the Middle East in particular the oil and gas, and to protect the value of American dollar as a stable international reserve currency. In September 2000, the proactive policy paper written by the neoconservative intellectuals to envision “the Project for the New American Century (PNAC): sets out the milestone seeking American domination over the rest of the world powers and to meet its energies needs plans to occupy by force all the oil resources in the Arab Middle East. The blueprint supports military occupation of the oil exporting Arab countries and regime change where it is necessary to fulfill the policy aims of the New American Century of global domination.
Centuries ago, German historian Carl Von Clausewitz wrote On War: “War is
not merely a political act but also a real political instrument, a
continuation of political commerce, a carrying out of the same by other
means.” The small ruling elite who plans and wages war are often afraid of
citizenry reaction and refusal to accept the so called antidote for the
rationality of a war. Throughout the history European nationalism
institutionalized the doctrine of war as a necessity to promote national
interest and racial superiority over other by using war as a means to that
end. Most proponents of wars have used “fear” as one of the major
instruments of propaganda and manipulation to perpetuate allegiance from the
ordinary folks to the elite warmongers in a crisis situation. Sheldon
Richman (“War is Government Program” ICS, 05/2007), notes that “war is more
dangerous than other government programs and not just for the obvious
reason – mass murder….war is useful in keeping the population in
a state of fear and therefore trustful of their rulers.”
“Of course the people don’t want war….but after all, it’s the leaders of
the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to
drag the people along, whether, it’s a democracy or a fascist dictatorship
or a parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”
For its draconian wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America is heavily dependent on China, Japan and Saudi Arabia. It is well known that American treasury owes trillion of dollars to its foreign debtors and therefore, its financial dependency is increasingly becoming an obvious indicator of the end of American global hegemony and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the US financial system have broken down and some of the leading banking institutions have gone into declaring the bankruptcy the roller coaster repercussion could be seen across the American economic, social and political spectrum of life.
Under the Bush administration, America has shrunk its capability and
vitality of role and in fact appears dismantled as a superpower status in
global affairs. It is no wonder that other nations of world do not seem to
take America and its traditional influential stratum in any serious context.
Paul Craig Roberts (The Collapse of American Power”) refers to Noam Chomsky
stating that under the neoconservative Bush Presidency, “America thinks that
it owns the world.” But the fact of the matter is, explains Roberts, “that
the US owes the world. The US ”superpower” cannot even finance its own
domestic operations, much less its gratuitous wars except via the kindness
of foreigners to lend it money that cannot be repaid.” It is undeniable that
the US is “bankrupt” because of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
David M. Walker Comptroller General of the US and Head of the Government
Accountability Office (December 2007). reports that “In everyday language,
the US Government cannot pass an audit.”
Michel Meacher, British Environment Minister under PM Blair (“This War on Terrorism is Bogus”) provides reliable insight on the real reasons for the “War on Terrorism.” He claims that the war on terror is superficial as “the 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination.” He further records that “the so called “war on terrorism” is being used largely as bogus cover for achieving wider US strategic geopolitical objectives…..in fact, 9/11 offered an extremely convenient pretext to put the PNAC plan into action. The evidence again is quite clear that plans for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq were in hand well before 9/11.”
In its report prepared by the Baker Institute of Public Policy (April 2001), it stated clearly that “the US remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a destabilizing influence to….the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East” and it its recommendations elaborated the dire need that because it was a challenging risk therefore, the “US military intervention” was the most favored action (Sunday Herald: Oct 6, 2002). Both the US and United Kingdom have increasing dependence on imported oil from the Middle East.
The overriding motivation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are shielded by political smokescreen that the US and UK will run out of sufficient hydrocarbon energy supplies whereas, the Arab and Muslim world would control almost 60% of the world oil producing capacity and perhaps more significantly 95% of the remaining global oil production capacity. The news media reports indicate that the US is predicted to produce only 39% of the domestic oil production in 2010, whereas in 1990 it produced 57% of its total oil consumption. The UK Government projects ”severe” gas shortages by 2005 and it confirmed that 70% of the electricity will drawn from gas and 90% of gas will be imported. It is interesting to note that Iraq is said to have 110 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves in addition to its approximately 15-20 % of the world oil reserves. In another research report by the Commission on America’s National Interests (July 2000), it observed that the most promising new energy resources are found in the Caspian Sea, Central Asian region and it would spare the US exclusive dependence on the Saudi Arabian oil imports.
The report outlined the feasible routes for the Caspian Seas oil
deliveries, one hydrocarbon pipeline via Azerbaijan and Georgia and another
pipeline through Afghanistan and Pakistan would ensure the future strategic
demands of the US government. To review the documentary evidence of the 9/11
events, it is not unlikely that many strategists have seen the American
Government failure to avert the 9/11 terrorist attacks as facilitating a
much needed stage drama for its policy aims and an invaluable opportunity to
attack Iraq and Afghanistan – a military intervention already been well
planned in early 2000. The PNAC policy blueprint of September 2000 projects
the transformation of the American power as an unchallengeable global
superpower and the need for some tangible tragedy to make it happen. The
paper outlines that it “is likely to be a long one in the absence of of some
catastrophic and catalyzing event- like a new Pearl Harbor.” In his
analytical view, Minister Michael Meacher (“This War on terrorism is Bogus”)
states that “global war on terrorism” has the hallmarks of a political myth
propagated to pave way for a wholly different agenda-the US goal of world
hegemony, built around securing by force command and over the oil supplies
required to drive the whole project.”
The General is reported to have admitted that “ after more than four years of fighting , America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve victory in that war-torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism.” Under President Barrack Obama, the global community looks anxiously how and when the promised change will come to America’s failed strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. How soon, President Obama will be able to put the body of US politics together again after its moral, political and financial collapse. America and Britain appear lost, not knowing how to come out of the self-engineered defeat in wars against Islam and the humanity.
Masses have sympathies with the true believers and the Muslim freedom
fighters appear to have lost nothing. They had no banks to declare
bankruptcy and they had no Bush and Cheney to go down in disgrace. They
remain in tact and active all the fronts even buying weapons from the US and
Russia to fight against them. American strategists know well to do business
in global arms market. The so called superpowers are extremely nervous not
knowing how soon they could be replaced by smaller nations of the developing
“Everyday, under the pretext of either al-Qaida, insurgents, militants or
whatever imaginary name you coined, you have not ceased, not even for one
day, slaughtering our innocents……for 4 years, you have not ceased for one
single day, Not during holiday periods, not during religious celebrations,
not even during the day your so called God was born….if you have a God that
“the United States government is planning to use "cover and deception"
and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on
innocent people. Let's say it again: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W.
Bush and the other members of the unelected regime in Washington plan to
deliberately foment the murder of innocent people – your family, your
friends, your lovers, you – in order to further their geopolitical
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