The Highway to Hell: U.S. & Israel Move to Remake Middle East (Indypendent)

There would be no need for a U.S. military presence in the Middle East today if not for the oil. Israel’s role is to keep the Arab nations divided and eliminate any threat to its regional dominance. That’s what it did in ’67 against Egypt , in ’82 against Syria and in ’81 with the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor. Israel’s history from 1948 also negates the myth of “Israel the victim.” With the exception of the ’73 war it has been the aggressor every time.

It’s wildfire season in the Middle East. Once again, brushfires have merged into a conflagration, threatening the entire region. But there are no firefighters rushing to the rescue, just pyromaniacs in Washington and Tel Aviv stoking the blaze.

By itself, the United States – armer and funder of Israel – could stop the collective punishment of Palestine and Lebanon. But the White House opted instead to block calls to halt Israel’s assault, and had Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice egg on Israel by saying a ceasefire had to be “sustainable,” a message to continue bombing until Hezbollah is destroyed. (As journalist Pepe Escobar notes, this would be tantamount to eliminating Hezbollah’s base – 1.5 million Lebanese Shiites.)

The dismemberment of Lebanon is not about retrieving two captured soldiers, any more than invading Iraq was about Sept. 11. The United States and Israel are trying to redraw the geo-political map.

For the United States, “the broader goal is to strangle the axis of Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Iran,” noted the Washington Post.

Time Magazine added further insight: “Iran provides crucial support to Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah, the three Arab players most visibly defying American and Israeli designs for the Middle East.”

What are those designs? The same they’ve been since President Roosevelt met King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia in 1945 and struck a deal of military support and aid for the medieval kingdom in exchange for access to its oil.

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