Is There a Secret Anti-American Alliance?
By Christopher A. Ferrara
In his June 2005 Report, business and international political commentator Richard Maybury raises an intriguing question: "As far as I know, none of the guerrilla groups fighting Washington and its surrogates in Iraq has issued a list of demands. They simply kill, fomenting the war, without any stated objective. They seem to have no goal except death and destruction, chaos. Why?"
Maybury approaches the question "the way police detectives approach crimes. I begin by asking, who stands to gain?" In exploring this seeming mystery, Maybury draws an interesting analogy between America’s increasingly dire situation in Iraq, and Russia during the Crimean War.
As Maybury notes, after Russia defeated Napoleon in 1812 and led an alliance that marched to Paris and captured him, thus liberating Europe from the little dictator, Russia became the "top dog" in Europe and Asia, "the power that had saved the world from the ‘French madman’."
But, over the next four decades, as Russia expanded its empire on the pretense of protecting Europe against the Muslims, the top dog increasingly became the object of resentment.
Finally, in 1854, Austria, Britain, France and Turkey allied against Russia and defeated it in the Crimean War. That Russia had "rescued" these very nations from Napoleon and "protected" them from Islam no longer mattered to the victims of Russia’s expanding hegemony. The top dog was toppled because of its overweening ambition.
Likewise, Maybury observes, the United States helped defeat Hitler and became "the most powerful top dog in history." Then, for the ostensible purpose of "protecting the world against the USSR", America expanded its empire in Europe, extending its hegemony over dozens of nations. In the process, the U.S. government provided financial and military aid to a parade of dictators, including the Shah Pahlevi in Iran and, during the Reagan administration, Saddam Hussein himself. These U.S.-backed dictators were able to murder, torture, loot and terrorize millions of people with U.S. assistance, provoking huge international resentment against the U.S. government.
Maybury argues that just as Russia’s claim to have "rescued Europe from Napoleon" lost its currency, so has America’s claim that it rescued Europe from Hitler and "made the world safe for democracy." Maybury notes that 9/11 was the beginning of a counterattack against the world’s top dog. But, unlike the Crimean War, this counterattack is a guerrilla war designed to harry and slowly bleed the top dog to death, rather than confronting it directly.
This, says Maybury, explains why the guerrilla groups attacking our troops have issued no specific demands. The basic aim of this guerrilla war against America is to make certain that the United States is bogged down in the Middle East as it contends with incessant guerrilla attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan and what Maybury calls "unsteerable chaos" in Iraq. By this means, U.S. forces are tied down and suffering humiliating casualties while the "agendas of Washington’s other enemies around the globe" proceed unhindered. Thus, the United States is already meeting the guerrillas’ basic demand by the very act of engaging them in guerrilla warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As Maybury points out: "In Iraq alone, guerrilla attacks are running at 70 per day. Bombings are increasingly savage. On May 5, for instance, a bomb killed 60 Kurds in Ebrial. On May 11, at least 63 Iraqis died in Tikrit and Hawija." And, as this article goes to press, the American death toll from Iraqi guerrilla attacks approaches 2,000, with many thousands more soldiers wounded, maimed or crippled for life. Even worse, as Maybury relates, quoting the London Daily Telegraph, "Because of the escalating and surging attacks in Iraq, the Iraq army and police are deeply penetrated by insurgent sympathizers" and U.S. commanders "are now bracing themselves for a long stay."
At this stage, Maybury concludes that these anti-American guerrilla activities are very likely being funded by the governments of Russia, Iran and China, which are conspiring to overthrow the world’s current top dog just as Russia itself was overthrown by an anti-Russia alliance in the Crimean War. It is these governments, not the Iraqi or Afghan people, who benefit from the guerrilla war in which America is being forced to engage at enormous and seemingly endless cost.
Maybury’s analysis is worth pondering. Americans must now ask themselves honestly: "Is this America’s Crimean War?"