Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
American Foreign Policy,
Determined by Egotistical, Extremist, warmongers
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 16, 2012
FODDER FOR EXTREMISTS
Four joint hosts of an MSNBC programme
called Cycle decided to open a Pandora's Box and discuss some of America's
problems in the Middle East.
One of the participants attempted to
draw a distinction between "extreme Muslims" and "moderate Muslims",
suggesting that viewers should make such a distinction.
with the caveat, according to another panellist, that moderate Muslims
have an obligation to criticise the extremists.
failed to realize how ludicrous that comment would sound to anyone with
even a remote understanding of what's been the fodder out of which
extremism--by any definition--has grown.
According to Wikipedia,
"Extremism is any ideology or political act far outside the perceived
political centre of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common
Quick to point to the difficulty of defining
extremism, Wikipedia notes that "There is no political party that calls
itself ‘right-wing extremist’ or ‘left-wing extremist’, and there is no
sect of any religion that calls itself 'extremist’ or which calls its
That there are any moderates at all can
only be considered amazing. With half a million children killed during ten
years of sanctions in Iraq, understandable hatred of America had to be
The outright, unjustified slaughter of Iraqis in the U.S. War
and occupation --"1,455,590" based on non-existent WMDs--provided fully
normal justification for extremist revenge by otherwise moderates.
Add to those figures the victims of drone strikes in Afghanistan and
Pakistan and Yemen, add the dead civilians in Libya, add the Palestinians
victimised by American supported Israelis, add the Iranians hit by
sanctions and threats of extermination and any reasonable person would
expect moderate Muslims anywhere to become extremists seeking revenge.
Unfortunately most Americans don't look at these facts as reason to
be self critical. They tend to generally overrate their own importance.
Paul Craig Roberts describes the attitude: "Americans are the
'indispensable people', and the US is the 'indispensable nation' with the
right and responsibility to establish its hegemony over the world."
Roberts noted that Adolf Hitler called the same arrogant attitude ‘Aryan
Superiority'. “Now Washington asserts the superiority. The neoconservative
ideology threatens the world with nuclear war."
responsible for prompting America to invade and occupy Iraq on falsified
intelligence still exercise control over U.S. foreign policy.
From any rational point of view, American foreign
policy, determined by a cadre of warmongers in Washington D.C., reveals an
egotistical extremist perspective.
As extremist as that policy is, Americans seem
unable to question it, challenge it or overcome their apathy toward it.
It's time for Americans concerned about extremists
to begin looking in the mirror.
to John W. Gardner, author and past U.S. Secretary of Health, Education
and Welfare, "Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an
excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that
there are identifiable villains back of it all."
diagnosed the world's ills as a result of three "evils" that threatened
Israel and America. Political extremism convinced the American public that
Iraq, Iran and North Korea were the villains.
campaign inaugurated by the Bush regime was used to justify the deaths of
more than a million Iraqis who were supposed to ignore America's
Commented Porter Goss, former congressman and CIA
director, "The Iraq conflict, while not a cause of extremism, has become a
cause for extremists."
Two conclusions seem to escape the American
public while remaining perfectly clear to the rest of the world:
The real extremists are America and Israel.
Iraqis remain overwhelmingly moderate despite having cause for extremism.