Sunday October 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
13o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
The responsibility of the West

By Angelos Stangos

Events in Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East region today are to a large extent the result of the Wests failed policies and strategy. The United States, in particular, along with Britain and even France (in the case of Libya) bear a great deal of responsibility for the bloodshed and chaos in those countries, not to mention allowing Islamist extremists to massacre people at will.

No doubt the Iraqi, Syrian and Libyan regimes were authoritarian to varying degrees, but they were nevertheless secular states. And it didnt take some big-shot CIA or other secret services intelligence analyst to realize that overthrowing such regimes wouldnt lead to democracy in those countries, but most probably to some rigid theocratic dictatorship if not complete chaos. For some peculiar and indefinable reason it seems that logical thinking is a rarity even at the decisionmaking centers of superpowers.

It started with the US and British invasion of Iraq in 2003. The target was to overthrow Saddam Hussein and his regime in order to establish democracy and bring stability to the region. The entire plan was the product of the obsession displayed by luminaries comprising the George W. Bush administration. Big lies were used to persuade international public opinion that Saddam posed a threat to the entire planet. The invasion succeeded only as far as the easy strategic target of overthrowing the regime was concerned, but it failed miserably in terms of rebuilding a country based on stability. On the contrary, it laid the foundations for Iraqs breakup and the reinforcement of Islamist extremists.

The next step was Syria, where the attempts of a combination of countries in the region to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and his authoritarian (yet secular) regime were initially tolerated and subsequently supported by Washington and London. International media focused on the Syrian regimes real as well as imaginary atrocities during the countrys civil strife, ignoring the possibly even worse atrocities committed by the Islamists. The latter were also the recipients of weapons supplied by various sources to the so-called anti-regime forces. The West showed no signs of alarm even when persecutions of Christians were revealed.

It was only when the infamous ISIS surfaced that Western governments came to realize the danger. After great delay the West now seems determined to stand up to the extremists, while they, in turn, are adding a religious war dimension. No one can predict to what lengths the jihadists will go in order to spread their terror tactics.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 19, 2014 (17:30)  
End of reason, end of humanity
Banks need to step up
Tension for tensions sake?
Testing ground
Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
Authorities began on Saturday assessing the damage done by flash floods in various parts of Athens a day earlier, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledging that all those affected would b...
No court hearings for civil cases
Greek courts are to stop conducting hearings, which include witness questioning, for civil cases, according to plans drawn up by the Justice Ministry. Kathimerini understands that in a bid t...
Inside News
Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
Economic reforms in Cyprus are starting to yield results, the government said on Saturday after one credit-rating agency upgraded its rating and a second its outlook for the bailed-out count...
TAIPED waits for green light from Eurostat
Eurostat has frozen the securitization of properties that the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) had been planning. The project, drafted to bring some 400 million euros into t...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
A win is a win is a win for Olympiakos
A bad Olympiakos defeated a worse Laboral Kutxa 63-57 to make it two out of two in the Euroleague on Friday. In a game where the two teams had an overall field goal rate of about one in thre...
SOCCER
Panathinaikos snatches point at Eindhoven
Panathinaikos offered its fans a glimpse of its glorious past in European competitions snatching a draw at PSV Eindhoven, on an otherwise bad night for Greek soccer in the Europa League, as ...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
2. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
3. No court hearings for civil cases
4. Greeces lenders seem adamant that govt must act on bailout commitments
5. Future of Attica trash set to become clearer
6. Policeman admits to murder of his cousin-in-law
more news
Today
This Week
1. End of reason, end of humanity
2. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
3. Banks need to step up
4. Greeces lenders seem adamant that govt must act on bailout commitments
5. No court hearings for civil cases
6. Nicosia says reforms are bringing results
Today
This Week
1. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
2. Greeces closed society is central to its current malaise
3. Greece must stick to reforms, says Schaeuble
4. At least 11 banks to fail European stress tests, three in Greece, report says
5. Cyprus to block Turkey's EU talks after EEZ violation
6. Stop moaning and get in the game
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.