Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Obama Ends Post-Ottoman Era

After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I western diplomats got to carve up the Middle East in the Treaty of Sèvres, the Treaty of Lausanne, and the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Etcera, and don't forget the Balfour Declaration.

The result was an arbitrary drawing of boundaries that had little to do with tribal and religious reality on the ground; the Middle East became a plaything of the western powers. It existed under the hegemony of the winners of World War I, for such is the logic of war.

But now that hegemony is over, signed away by President Obama.

Now all good conservatives think that President Obama's Iran Agreement is utter folly, for it gives Iran a pathway to nuclear weapons. It is merely a side-effect of the agreement to end US hegemony in the Middle East.

If you think about it, Obama's apparently chaotic foreign policy does have a point. It seeks to end US hegemony as the world's dominant superpower. The reason it appears chaotic is that Obama can't really admit to us what he is trying to do. He uses the shibboleths of a century of foreign policy politics as a shield to distract attention from what he is really doing.

And that is the theme of his entire administration. He and his appointees have been trying to advance a left-wing agenda as fast as they can while pretending that there's nothing to see here: move along.

But maybe it is time for the west to end its Middle East hegemony. It has reduced the peoples of the Middle East to the status of spoiled children competing for the attention of Daddy.

Now that Obama in his feckless left-wing way has withdrawn the US from the Middle East, because colonialism, the first thing that has happened is that Israel and the Sunni Arabs have started to form an alliance. Who could have seen that coming?

Obviously there will be war in the Middle East, with horrible atrocities and casualties. And from time to time there may be a stoppage of oil, although I suspect not for long since oil is money.

The point is that it is probably past time to let the Middle East sort itself out, and let the various tribes and religions compete for supremacy. And meanwhile we in the rest of the world should frack, baby frack.

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