As the current American occupation of Iraq continues, it would appear that the prevailing status quo among the nations of the Middle East, tenuous as it has been, has begun to unravel further. Radical terrorists have begun escalating their activities within the borders of America’s ersatz ally, Pakistan. No doubt the fervor of Pakistani terrorists and separatists have been encouraged by the United States’ failure to consolidate its control over the most strategically important of countries in the region – Israel.
American foreign policy, enacted with the intent of establishing American hegemony throughout the region through peaceful means when possible, has been thwarted and subverted at every step of its implementation by rogue states as diverse in their political systems and motivations as Israel, Iraq, Iran, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Simultaneously, the escalation of America’s military presence in the region since 2001, and its potential for suppressing independent civilians in their attempts to organize activist groups, has failed to deter the growth of spontaneous indigenous resistance to the foreign influences currently dominating their domestic politics. Some critics suggest that there is an exponential correlation in growth between recent acts of terrorism in the region, the growth of radical political organizations, and American suppression of local ethnic hegemony.
There is a growing fear among western intellectuals that the elaborate and painstakingly expensive process of “Americanization” of the Middle East, which has required decades of commitment on the part of American interests, may have been irrevocably undermined by recent independent and short-sighted actions undertaken by a handful of local politicians attempting to curry favor in the eyes of their constituents.
As a consequence, the possibility of peace through American hegemony over the region has been dangerously compromised.