Sean Fenley

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Salon.com
JULY 7, 2012 6:06PM

Breaking the Middle East Into Pieces

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This is a plan that the leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, mentioned in a Sy Hersh article back in 2007. A plan that involves the persistent metamorphosis of the region into mini states, and micro states — among the various ethic and religious factions. A plan that is often attributed to Zbigniew Brzezinski (the intellectual godfather of this strategy).

In 2007 Nasrallah told Seymour Hersh that the American plan was, “the drawing of a new map for the region.” Nasrallah believed that this stratagem would leave Israel surrounded, by a host of small and tranquil countries. He said that even the Saudi Kingdom would be involved — and divided — and that this project would also bleed into the Northern African countries. “There will be small ethnic and confessional states,” said Nasrallah.

So now if we look at the map, we already have Iraq as essentially a tripartite country. The East of Libya has declared a lot of autonomy there (so we don’t know how many parts that’ll eventually be, or if it will even remain [nominally] together). South Sudan has seceded, the North of Mali has declared itself as an independent country, and Pakistan exists as a state that is fracturing; and being pulled in many different directions. (The internal forces in Pakistan are catering to conflicting goals, and it is increasingly unclear where the real decision-making power lies.)

So I think that this is, unequivocally, where we are going in the Greater Middle Eastern region. This is the future that has been set, as the path, of an entire geostrategic area. This is an old imperial schema, of course, to breakup the constituent elements — of  the forces that are resisting you (or that you want to control and dominate) — into tinier, less forceful, more inadequate and David-like pieces.

Was George W. Bush really so mad — when he rather ham-handedly — invaded the Iraqi nation? Or was he simply carrying out a larger blueprint, of a more sophisticated plan that was given to him — by those who had propped him up there, to be their titular head of state, oaf, stooge and imbecilic bungler?

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Interesting theory. ZB has some interesting books about the need to dominate central asia for its oil reserves. He mentions this in his book "the Global Chessboard."

Its small, but a good read.

I just wrote a piece on Syria and how oil pipelines figure into it.

R
I think you're looking at a much more complicated phenomenon than a simple imperialist conspiracy. Remember that one of the major sources of discontent in the region was caused by the arbitrary nature of boundary redrawing after World War I and 19th Century colonialism.

Because of this, ethnic and tribal tensions have long been a cause of weakness and unrest in the region. For whatever reason, some kind of boundary dissolving and reforming may actually be positive in the long run as ethnic tensions will no longer be a source of civil wars and Third World underdevelopment.

I view this as an organic process taking place over a long period of time, pretty much outside of the reach of America or Europe to control unless someone wants to foolishly commit to another disastrous large scale military campaign in Africa that nobody wants.
Yes, we know this plan worked so successfully in the Balkans. But if balkanization is a goal of NeoCons, why don't they start here? Lopping of beggar states in the Deep South would substantially improve the bottom line for the US -- and besides they keep saying they want to secede. This time, we should let 'em go and say good riddance.
The map you are referring to was drawn in 2006 by Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters of the Pentagon’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence Armed Forces Journal. Peters copyrighted it.

You can find it here:
Here's the link I tried to insert: http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2011/03/09/redrawing-the-map-the-balkanization-of-pakistan/
[r] disaster capitalism reigns and rains! best, libby
In Europe news are spreading that Americans are supporting in Syria such 'rebels', whom they have themselves classified as 'terrorists'. 

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From: 

http://www.blacklistednews.com/German_Intelligence:_“al-Qaeda”_All_Over_Syria/20704/0/0/0/Y/M.html

German Intelligence: “al-Qaeda” All Over Syria

July 26, 2012 Print Version Source: Ammon News

German intelligence estimates that “around 90″ terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July, as reported by the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). This was revealed by the German government in a response to a parliamentary question.

In response to the same question, the German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, the BND, on the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla. But it noted that the content of these reports was to remain classified “by reason of national interest”, Like many other Western governments, Germany expelled Syria’s ambassador in the immediate aftermath of the massacre, holding the Syrian government responsible for the violence.

Meanwhile, at least three major German newspapers – Die Welt, the FAZ, and the mass-market tabloid Bild – have published reports attributing responsibility for the massacre to anti-government rebel forces or treating this as the most probable scenario.

Writing in Bild, longtime German war correspondent Jurgen Todenhofer accused the rebels of “deliberately killing civilians and then presenting them as victims of the government”. He described this “massacre-marketing strategy” as being “among the most disgusting things that I have ever experienced in an armed conflict”. Todenhofer had recently been to Damascus, where he interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for Germany’s ARD public television.