Disorderly and Anarchic. Courtesy the United States

Disorderly and Anarchic. Courtesy the United States
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As Trump pulls out of what was once a somewhat coherent state, the Middle East is in disorder and, even anarchy. The specific reference here is to Syria. The issue is not why Trump’s United States is pulling out of the blighted country but why the United States was in the Middle East in the first place. The reasons, in the main, pertain to the politics of oil, influence in an among the Arab states and the innate propensity of the United States to check and contain Iran. The country then has had a massive footprint in the region. But, while there obtained a modicum of “”stability in the Middle East, it was given short shrift when the United States invaded Iraq in the beginning of the 21st century, in what is and was a “war of choice”. All this was done in the name of democracy and democratizing the Middle East and making Iraq a test case. In the aftermath of the United States’ illegitimate invasion of Iraq, the country broke down and fragmented with spillovers as far as Syria and other states. The supreme irony is that the United States chose to color and frame its illegal invasion of Iraq in the mantle and garb of democracy, it actually did nothing when hundreds and thousands were killed in Syria and even more displaced. (Obiter Dictum, the country outsourced, by omission, the attendant refugee problem to Europe). After creating a mess and other assorted problems of an immense nature and magnitude, the United States is now exiting Syria. (It may now take recourse to what is called offshore balancing in international relations). But, at the same time, it’s not over for the United States; the country has Iran in its crosshairs. What can be culled from the United States’ arrogant misadventures, which have placed states and peoples in great peril is that it has neither proven to be a force for good nor order. In fact, it appears to conceive itself as an insurgent nation with great reservoirs of power, that will do whatever it pleases to do. Surely, this condition and tendency is not good for the peoples of the world and the states constituting the international system. In lieu of this, the time is right and ripe for countervailing forces to the United States by way of a multipolar world. The United States cannot be trusted. Let others check its impulses!