Written by Chris Floyd
Thursday, 19 July 2007
The rough beast that is George W. Bush’s Terror War replicates itself with remarkable fidelity. Each new monstrosity it brings forth exhibits the same markings, the same structure: a weak, corrupt client regime maintained in office by the occupation army of a foreign power, in brutal conflict with an ever-growing opposition led by — but not limited to — religious sectarians. And each replication produces the same results: chaos, ruin, atrocity, suffering, repression and the spread of violent, virulent extremism.
This has been the pattern in all four of the Terror War’s “regime change” operation: the two direct U.S. interventions, in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the two proxy wars, in Palestine and Somalia.
There was a slight mutation in the Palestine caper, of course; Bush and his Israeli allies relentlessly fomented a civil war in order to overthrow the elected Hamas government, but their Fatah proxies lost the battle in Gaza. It didn’t matter in the end, however: the defeat gave the Fatah client regime an excuse to declare a new, unelected “emergency government,” one entirely dependent on largess from America and Israel to survive.