What if President Obama had this very day initiated his plan of attack on Syria? Would that move necessarily have been to the benefit of US or even Syrian opposition interests?
By its very nature, the venture exhibits all the hallmarks of another US-Iraq debacle with many of the drawbacks that derived from that tragic episode.
- It’s the big, bad USA all over again, ganging up against a state whose considerably lower economic and military status must be obvious to the even most casual observer.
- It’s an American attempt to move another Middle Eastern country into closer alignment with western modes, practices and influence.
- It’s a knee-jerk reaction, undertaken by a nation prodded into action partly by its own rhetoric but also in its capacity as self-appointed policeman and arbiter of world affairs.
But there again, as the poet has said, ‘it’s hard to stop from being king when it’s you – and in the situation.’
Question: In the context of today’s global economy and power politics, just how does the US get to stop itself from being king?
Answer: It has to share kingship with the rest of the world. And the world has to know it can then exercise than power with far more ease and competency than present circumstances will ever allow.
Everything else will be forever substandard, second-rate, inferior, insufficient; the throne is empty, the rabble rule and the result is chaos.