Why does Washington support some parties over others in the Arab world? A reader asked me this question after the writing of the column “Distances” last Thursday. It is a worthwhile question, the answer to which can be found in the recent direction of U.S. policy, where Washington no longer favors direct U.S. military involvement in hotbeds of tension around the world and in Arab homelands in particular.
The United States' previous experience in Afghanistan and Iraq revealed great losses in U.S. soldiers’ lives there, which is what pushed the Obama administration to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan and withdraw from Iraq (still maintaining a limited presence to train the Iraqi army). Washington’s new alternative is to rely on certain loyal parties in countries that are experiencing political tension — Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain — and support them in the implementation of its own political agenda within those states.
However, if we know the true roadmap that Washington is relying on in the region, we can see that the situation is deeper than that. It is nearing the arrival of a point of war between the political factions within each country. It can even be said that it [the Obama administration] desires the outbreak of civil war in Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, the rising spirit of sectarian strife in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and the tampering with national and international security in the United Arab Emirates.
Therefore, the United States' strategic goal is to push the Arab region into the furnaces of internal conflict. It pursues this in Egypt by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the clash with other opposition forces. It even encouraged support for deposed President Mohamed Morsi in order to strengthen the power of the Muslim Brotherhood against its opponents. It is doing the same thing in Bahrain, where it openly supports the sectarian National Accord Association, which in turn supports the Iranian ideology of Wilayat al-Faqih. Deliberately, provocatively, the U.S. parades its support of Accord over other political groups in order to push the parties to the edge of the abyss and to enter into a civil war à la Iraq!
Washington is also realizing its golden opportunity in Syria following the involvement of the Army of Victory — al-Qaida — in the assassination of the military field commander of the Free Army. This is what the U.S. wants: Fighting among the factions of the Syrian opposition, so that it might have the upper hand in drawing the future map of Syria.
In short, even the parties that Washington currently supports may change at any moment. The goal is now the ignition of civil wars. It is not for the love of dark Arab eyes!