We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

The new Trump doctrine: proxy war against Iran

32 5 13

Commentary. But if Iran is the villain, what does that make the United States, after causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and tens of millions of refugees during the past decade alone?

written by Alberto Negri

Topic Middle East and North Africa

January 17, 2019

As the US prepares a retreat from Syria that is looking more and more chaotic and confused, and Trump tweets explosive threats at Ankara regarding the fate of the Kurds—he promised “we will devastate Turkey economically” if Erdogan harms the Kurds, and hinted at creating a “safe zone” for them (what exactly that will mean, nobody knows)—Secretary of State Pompeo said in a Cairo speech that “the real enemy in the Middle East is Iran.”

The EU has been quiet as a mouse in this back-and-forth about the Kurds, in an attempt not to make Erdogan too mad, as he is playing the role of (well-paid) host to three million Syrian refugees. He is our version of a Trumpian “wall” on the eastern border, while Israel is busy building its own wall, a physical one made of concrete, along the Blue Line in Lebanon, in addition to the one it already has in the West Bank. Indeed, Washington has no intention of fighting this war against Tehran, its Syrian allies and Hezbollah: Israel will be its proxy, the US-backed “policeman” of the region, with money from the Saudis and very little concern for human rights.

For the first time, Prime Minister Netanyahu has openly claimed responsibility for the Israeli raids on Syria; also for the first time, the Saudis have criticized Trump for leaving Syria to Iran and Russia. The outgoing chief of staff of the Israeli army, General Gadi Eizenkot, admitted that in 2018 alone,........

© Il Manifesto Global