U.S. Mideast Strategy Doomed to Failure

This commentary is reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency, 4/2/2004.

The United States has become all the more undisguised in its efforts for dominating the whole of the Middle East. The U.S. Mideast strategy, a main link in the whole chain of its strategy for world supremacy, is aimed to monopolize the rich oil resources in the region and, furthermore, have a military foothold for containing surrounding powers.

Since the United States unilaterally launched a war of aggression against Iraq on March 20 last year allegedly to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, ignoring the protest of the United Nations and the international community, and occupied the country, it has persistently sought a strategic goal of putting the Middle East under its domination.

The U.S. Mideast strategy, by and large, is prompted by two purposes -- one is to place the region under its political and military control and the other to make the whole of the region pro-America by injecting "democracy" based on the American-style view of value into the Mideast countries.

For the first purpose, the United States had Kuwait named a non-NATO ally exceptionally on January 15. It implied that if other nations in this region continue pursuing pro-U.S. policies, they could also enjoy the U.S. political and military "protection".

To this end, the United States has invited Israel, Egypt, Jordan and other nations in the Middle East to the NATO Summit to be held in Turkey in June and is now lobbying other NATO nations to establish relationship of "partnership" with them.

While going ahead with the plan to turn Iraq into a down-the-line pro-U.S. state, the United States is openly pressurizing Syria, Iran and other anti-U.S., independent nations to reform their political system and open their society, groundlessly charging them with providing weapons and training centers to "terrorist organizations".

The facts indicate that the United States, with Iraq as a foothold, intends to "readjust" surrounding nations one after another and totally dominate the Middle East, thus using this region, which takes 65 percent of the world's oil resources, as a base for executing its strategy for world supremacy.

It is also prompted by this goal that the United States is pushing ahead with an ambitious plan to station its forces in the Middle East indefinitely and establish its military installations in the region.

What is noteworthy in the U.S. moves to dominate the Middle East is the "plan for democracy in the Middle East" made public by Bush in early February. The key point of the plan is to reform the political system of the Mideast nations and introduce American-style democracy there.

The United States has sent high-ranking officials to Mideast and European nations to drum up support for its plan.

But the United States has been baffled in its Mideast strategy.

Iran and Syria has officially stated that they would resolutely cope with U.S. sanctions, while the anti-U.S. resistance has been escalated in Iraq.

As soon as it was made public, the "plan for democracy in the Middle East" was rejected by all the nations belonging to the League of Arab States.

Protest against the arrogant plan came out in the emergency conference of foreign ministers of the League of Arab States held in Cairo on March 1 and the general meeting of the Arab Parliamentary Union in Damascus on February 2. The plan has been castigated by Arab media, too.

The U.S. anachronistic Mideast strategy, categorically rejected by the Arab people, is destined to go busted.