An important conclusion to be drawn from the terror attack in Nice, it seems to me, is that national leaders are incapable of protecting their fellow countrymen from such horrors perpetrated by isolated, deranged fanatics. That is hopeless. For starters, it would require, at the very least, a full-scale police state. If and when this stark realization sinks in, people in America and Western Europe will begin to ask their leaders, "How did we get ourselves into this mess?" So far, they don't have a clue. I have a simple answer, "It's the foreign policy, stupid." That is not what people want to hear.
On the one hand, I suppose it is easy to blame everything on history...we could start, perhaps, with the secret 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement between England and France in which they agreed to divide up the Middle East after destroying the Ottoman Empire. This presumption was followed by the even more pernicious Balfour Declaration of 1917, a unilateral declaration by the British War Cabinet. Its implementation by Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill immediately after the Great War created a series of ticking time bombs. These two circumstances--Sykes and Balfour--endorsed by Washington, unlocked a roller-coster and threw the key away. That's ancient history, but we are feeling the repercussions today.
On the other hand, we have more recent follies to consider. Fast forward to 1990/91, not too long ago. Saddam Hussein decided to annex the fake-state of Kuwait, which had been set up by the British and detached from Iraq. H.W. Bush, sitting in the White House, decided that the United States had the right and obligation to stop it. One wonders why and from whence the American Republic derived such a right and prerogative. I am mystified by the very premise of it all. In the aftermath, Iraq was thrown out of Kuwait and is subjected to a murderous economic embargo, carried out by H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and G.W. Bush.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died as a result of these sanctions. Clearly this was an unstated "regime change" project, which after a decade of implementation, had gone horribly wrong and did not work. Since it did not work, Dick Cheney and his sidekick, G.W. Bush, concocted and hyped a phony scenario for Iraq, centered upon alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that threatened the peace and stability of the world. All a tissue paper of implausible lies, which the Congress and Senate of the U.S. eagerly embraced, including such notables as Hillary "it was a mistake" Clinton and Joe "I am a Zionist" Biden. The hidden agenda and what motivated such tinpot politicians to authorize the invasion of Iraq I won't go into here, because it is a huge scandal. Suffice it to say that the gates of hell were opened, and ISIS has been the ultimate result.
The deranged murderers in Paris, Nice, Istanbul, Orlando, Brussels and elsewhere--not to mention lower Manhattan and the Pentagon in 2001--all were motivated to kill innocent Americans and Europeans in response to American and European intervention in the Middle East. Is this alarming phenomenon Islamic terrorism? Not exactly. It is a combination of Arab nationalism backed up by religious fanaticism. These Sunni Muslims are not trying to convert us or take us over. In terror, they are seeking revenge for perceived injury, and they want to drive the West out of the Middle East. This naturally includes Israel, which they regard as another form of European colonialism, in a post colonial world, imposed upon the Palestinian Arabs by European and Russian Jews. You can't have refugees from a war in 1948 still sitting in refugee camps and locked up in the Gaza strip without causing resentment and blowback. We are getting the latter in spades. There is no end in sight.
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