Media Bias 'Threat' To Iraq (by Ahmed Janab)
Information about Iraq propagated by Western media is often woefully
inaccurate or downright wrong, according to leading Arab figures, and such
distortions are damaging any chance of peace in the country.
Tariq al-Hashimi, Iraq's Sunni Arab vice-president, says that one idea - widely
accepted in the West as true but which lacks evidence to support it - has upset
the balance of power in Iraq to such an extent that violence was an inevitable
Has Regime Change Boomeranged? (by M. Shahid Alam)
In the early 1990s, the fall of the Soviets produced a surge of triumphalism
in the US. After defeating the fascist challenge in the 1940s, liberal
capitalism had trumped its last adversary, global communism. This triumphalist
mood was caught pithily in Francis Fukuyamas claim that mankind -- of course
led by the West -- had reached the end of history.
This quickly produced a global regime change. Within a few years, the
capitalist centers stripped most countries in the periphery of the autonomy
they had gained in stages, starting in the 1930s. In this latest wave of
integration, the periphery would not be colonized, but Washington would
define their economic rules. Most countries in the periphery would now be
forced to open their doors to foreign capital, privatize their economy, scrap
their plans, and dismantle their welfare systems. In all but name, they began
to look like the Open Door economies of the nineteenth century.
Attack on Iran could bring devastation to Arab world (by Patrick Seale)
ALTHOUGH peering into the future is a hazardous business, it would not be
rash to say that of all the potential man-made catastrophes that might afflict
the world this coming year, for sheer destructiveness none would surpass a US
or Israeli attack on Iran. Is such an attack probable or even possible?
Regrettably, it is. In the current confrontation with Iran, the military option
remains very much on the table. In both the US and Israel, the same military
planners, political lobbyists and armchair strategists that pressed the US to
attack Iraq are now urging it to strike Iran and for much the same reasons.
These reasons may be briefly summarised as the need to control the Middle
Easts oil resources and deny them to potential rivals, such as China; the wish
to demonstrate the USs ability to project military power across the globe; and
Israels determination to maintain its supremacy over any regional challenger,
especially one as recklessly provocative as Irans
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. An effective US or Israeli strike against Iran
would have to destroy not only its nuclear facilities but also its ability to
hit back its entire military-industrial complex.
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