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Anglo-American policy in the Middle East explained

Posted by Charles II on August 31, 2014

I received this from a friend.

Just in case you are confused by what is going on in the Middle East, I have obtained this simple explanation of the UK Government’s apparent position:


We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS. We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia whom we do like.

We don’t like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.


We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.

So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.

And all this was started by Blair siding with Bush and invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until after we went in to drive them out.

4 Responses to “Anglo-American policy in the Middle East explained”

  1. jo6pac said

    Sadly your friend nails it.

    • Agreed. I’d add something else, UK-specific: “We, just as do our colleagues in the US, know that the Saudis are backing a lot of the people who would make things far worse if they could, but we don’t dare cross them because it’s either them or Putin when it comes to our petrol as the North Sea deposits that saved Thatcher’s worthless arse got used up a decade ago.”

      • spirilis said

        “are backing a lot of the people who would make things far worse if they could,” Bad case of assuming facts not in the evidence.

      • Charles II said

        You mean, a bad case of knowing facts in evidence, Spirlils. For example:

        The extremist group that is threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the help of elite donors from American supposed allies in the Persian Gulf region. There, the threat of Iran, Assad, and the Sunni-Shiite sectarian war trumps the U.S. goal of stability and moderation in the region.

        Gulf donors support ISIS, the Syrian branch of al Qaeda called the al Nusrah Front, and other Islamic groups fighting on the ground in Syria because they feel an obligation to protect Sunnis suffering under the atrocities of the Assad regime. Many of these backers don’t trust or like the American backed moderate opposition, which the West has refused to provide significant arms to.

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