Syria and Iran the seeds of World War Three
To get some idea of how absurd the Syria situation is, imagine the following scenario:
The United States government is under attack by an insurgent group, which lists kidnappings and bombings in its modus operandi. The insurgents are being aided by Canada and Mexico, with Mexico planning to seize some US territory in order to create a ‘humanitarian corridor’. Not surprisingly, the Obama administration tries to put down the insurgency. Sure, it is often brutal and uncaring in doing so, but when did any regime respond with passivity in the face of a guerrilla uprising?
Meanwhile, threats from China and Russia have compelled Obama to agree to United Nations inspections, and finally a ‘ceasefire’. But the terms of the ceasefire demanded by America’s imperialist rivals stipulates that the government forces remove themselves from towns and villages first, before the ‘rebels’ stop their attacks forty-eight hours later.
The imperialist struggle to remove Assad is for once not primarily based on the desire for control of natural resources within the nation ruled by the west’s latest demon. Its aim is to remove the only regional government sympathetic to Iran, which is being targeted by hugely provocative economic sanctions ahead of an international conference on its nuclear program.
The US and Israel are determined – for slightly different but overlapping reasons – to remove the clerical Iranian regime, and replace with one more willing to aid US imperialism. For Israel, Iran is a local rival, and it threatens its immediate sphere of influence. For the US, Iran is a massive source of oil wealth, albeit one that is presided over by a government allied to China and Russia – America’s up and coming rivals on the world stage.
War in Syria will almost certainly be followed by a conflict in Iran which will dwarf that of Iraq. And there is no guarantee that China and Russia will simply sit on the sidelines and allow their influence and oil supply to be diminished. The Syrian war potentially contains the seeds of World War Three.
[Excerpt of an article by Adam Ford]