Global Research, July 10, 2008
Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project by Andrew G. Marshall
Establishing an "Arc of Crisis"
Many would be skeptical that
the Anglo-Americans would be behind terrorist acts in
What would be the purpose
behind this? That question leads us to an even more important question to ask,
the question of why
If the answer is, as we are often told with our daily dose of CNN, SkyNews and the statements of public officials, to spread democracy and freedom and rid the world of tyranny and terror, then it doesn't make sense that the British or Americans would orchestrate terror.
However, if the answer to
the question of why the Anglo-American invasion of
across the Middle East, enveloping
neighboring countries, notably
An Imperial Strategy
In 1982, Oded
Yinon, an Israeli journalist with links to the
Israeli Foreign Ministry wrote an article for a publication of the World
Zionist Organization in which he outlined a "strategy for
Every kind of inter-Arab
confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the
more important aim of breaking up
The Iran-Iraq War, which
lasted until 1988, did not result in Oded Yinon's desired break-up of
A Clean Break for a New American Century
In 1996, an Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, issued a report under the think tank's Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000, entitled, "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." In this paper, which laid out recommendations for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they state that Israel can, "Work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back some of its most dangerous threats," as well as, "Change the nature of its relations with the Palestinians, including upholding the right of hot pursuit for self defense into all Palestinian areas,"
and to, "Forge a new basis
for relations with the
- stressing self-reliance, maturity, strategic cooperation on areas of mutual concern, and furthering values inherent to the West."
The report recommended
The authors of the report include Douglas Feith, an ardent neoconservative who went on to become George W. Bush's Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 to 2005; David Wurmser, who was appointed by Douglas Feith after 9/11 to be part of a secret Pentagon intelligence unit and served as a Mideast Adviser to Dick Cheney from 2003 to 2007; and Meyrav Wurmser, David's wife, who is now an official with the American think tank, the Hudson Institute.
headed the study, and worked on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board Advisory
Committee from 1987 to 2004, and was Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2004,
where he played a key role in the lead-up to the
The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is an American neoconservative think tank, whose membership and affiliations included many people who were associated with the present Bush administration, such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, Richard Armitage, Jeb Bush, Elliott Abrams, Eliot A. Cohen, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Peter Rodman, Dov Zakheim and Robert B. Zoellick.
PNAC produced a report in
September of 2000, entitled, "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy,
Forces and Resources for a New Century," in which they outlined a
blueprint for a Pax Americana, or American Empire.
The report puts much focus on
Engineer a Civil War for the
Shortly after the initial 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Member of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, the most influential and powerful think tank in the United States. The op-ed, titled, "The Three State Solution,"
published in November of 2003, stated
that the "only viable strategy" for
Citing the example of the
break up of
Following the example of
The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the British Secret Intelligence Services (MI6), British SAS soldiers and American and British private security companies had the job of arming and training the KLA. Further, "The U.S. State Department listed the KLA as a terrorist organization, indicating that it was financing its operations with money from the international heroin trade and loans from Islamic countries and individuals, among them allegedly Usama bin Laden," and as well as that, "the brother of a leader in an Egyptian Jihad organization and also a military commander of Usama bin Laden, was leading an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict."
Could this be the same
strategy being deployed in
The Asia Times Online
reported in 2005, that the plan of "balkanizing"
essential part of the balkanization of the whole
Curiously, Henry Kissinger
was selling the same idea even before the 2003 invasion of
Call it Iraqification; what it actually means is sectarian fever translated into civil war."
In 2006, an "independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush," termed the "Baker Commission" after former Secretary of State, James Baker, "has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq as the only alternative to what Baker calls `cutting and running' or `staying the course'."
It was also reported in 2006
and that, "the Iraqi
parliament (dominated by Shi'a and Kurds) passed a
bill earlier this month [October, 2006] allowing federal regions to form (by
majority vote in the provinces seeking merger)." Further, "The law,
which unsurprisingly failed to win Sunni support, will be reviewed over the next
The article, however, stated
that instead of a three state solution, "a system based upon five regions
would seem to have more chance of succeeding. A five-region model could see two
regions in the south, one based around
"Ethnic Cleansing Works"
In 2006, the Armed Forces Journal published an article by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, titled, "Blood Borders:
How a better
of war - for readjusting faulty borders, a mental effort to grasp the
But given time - and the inevitable attendant bloodshed
and natural borders will emerge.
The map of the re-drawn
Middle East, initially published alongside Peters' article, but no longer
present, "has been used in a training program at NATO's
Federalism or Incremental Balkanization?
A month before Peters' article was published, Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Joseph Biden, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, in which they stated, "America must get beyond the present false choice between "staying the course"
and "bringing the troops
home now" and choose a third way that would wind down our military
presence responsibly while preventing chaos and preserving our key security
goals." What is this third option? "The idea, as in
They describe a few aspects
of this plan. "The first is to establish three largely autonomous regions
with a viable central government in
Then, "The second element would be to entice the Sunnis into joining the federal system with an offer they couldn't refuse.
To begin with, running their own region should be far preferable to the alternatives: being dominated by Kurds and Shiites in a central government or being the main victims of a civil war."
In testimony before the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007, Leslie Gelb stated that his plan
- all this is up to the Iraqis to decide, would be responsible for legislation, administration and internal security."
The Senate subsequently
passed a nonbinding resolution supporting a federal system for
yet, while in
The American Embassy in
This resolution has still not gone through all the processes in Congress, and may, in fact, have been slipped into another bill, such as a Defense Authorization Act. However, the efforts behind this bill are larger than the increasingly irrelevant US Congress.
Also in 2007, another think
tank called for the managed "break-up of
Clearly, whatever the
excuse, or whatever the means of dividing
This is because reverting to a more federal system where provinces have greater autonomy would naturally separate the country along ethno-religious boundaries. The Kurds would be in the north, the Sunnis in the centre, and the Shi'ites in the south, with all the oil.
The disproportionate provincial resources will create animosity between provinces, and the long-manipulated ethnic differences will spill from the streets into the political sphere. As tensions grow, as they undoubtedly would, between the provinces, there would be a natural slide to eventual separation. Disagreements over power sharing in the federal government would lead to its eventual collapse, and the strategy of balkanization would have been achieved with the appearance of no outside involvement.
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Borders: How a better
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Plans for Redrawing the
The Project for a
November 18, 2006: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?
to Stave Off Looming Global Meltdown. Dissident Voice:
September 1, 2006:
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Committee. The CFR: January 23, 2007:
 Bernard Gwertzman, Gelb: Federalism Is Most Promising Way
to End Civil War
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Nonpartisan Group Calls for Three-State
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Former U.N. envoy Bolton says
interest' in united
January 29, 2007:
Andrew G. Marshall
contributed to breaking the Climate Change consensus in a celebrated 2006
article entitled Global Warming A Convenient Lie, in
which he challenged the findings underlying Al Gore's documentary. According to
Andrew Marshall has also
written on the militarization of Central Africa, national security issues and
the process of integration of
He is currently a researcher
at the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) in
Andrew G. Marshall is a frequent contributor to Global Research.
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