Serious cracks in the uni-polar imperialist world: “The Middle East: Allies in Disarray”

[The common interests of all imperialists notwithstanding–against the people of the world–the worldwide economic crisis has brought with it serious and deep political instability, especially in the US-dominated hegemonic alliances that have prevailed for decades.  Policy differences and regional conflicts between all the major powers grow more sharply and publicly expressed with each passing day.  Revolutionary people must be clear:  these are differences between imperialists (and what some call “sub-imperialists”) and the people must preserve their independence, clarify their interests and take the initiative at every opportunity, to oppose all reactionaries and imperialism.  By understanding the disarray of enemies, the people can recognise revolutionary openings and gain confidence in their own efforts.  The author of this article, Immanuel Wallerstein, is an influential critic of imperialist policies, though not a revolutionary Leninist or Maoist. While we disagree with many aspects of his theoretical system, the points he makes here have great importance and deserve study.  — Frontlines ed.]

April 20, 2011 By Immanuel Wallerstein

For the last fifty years, United States policy in the Middle East has been built around its very close links with three countries: Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. In 2011, it is at odds with all three, and in very fundamental ways. It is also in public discord with Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Brazil over its current policies in the region. It seems almost no one agrees with or follows the lead of the United States. One can hear the agonizing frustration of the president, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA, all of whom see a situation careening out of control. Continue reading