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West is losing control in the Middle East

Issue No. 2410

With Israel lashing out at the Palestinians and the prospect of more lethal air strikes over Gaza, the Middle East is again engulfed in conflict.

US hegemony is being challenged across the region. 

The newly formed Islamic State has used social media to mock the imperialists, as militias took control of their borders and declared a new Caliphate.

Now old enemies, including the Syrian and Iranian regimes, are vital allies in the battle to hold up the discredited sectarian Iraqi government.

The US ruling class would be happy to see Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki go. They want him to take the blame for the crisis. 

They are in a panic because not only are they are losing control of events in this key strategic area, they are also losing even the perception of being in control.

And there is no appetite for a new war. 

The legacy of the West’s defeats after the last 12 years of war and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq holds the warmongers back. 

But Israel, the US’s favoured regime in the region, has always been a wild card. 

And a weakened imperialist power can still be dangerous. 

Despite worries about overreach, the US could be pushed to intervene to reassert its position as the world’s bully. 

And the Tories have made it clear they will support it. We need to be ready to mobilise against any new imperialist wars.  

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