Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 592, p. 34 on 19/08/2017
I have often used in my articles in the term “Creative Chaos” to attribute the way the US manage their international affairs, despite being rejected by some analysts and intellectuals as a conspiracy theory. Reality, however, confirms that all former and current US governments are working on the principle of conflict-setting that they are looking to resolve, and that through the resolution process they use their power to benefit as much as possible both from the conflict and the solution. History confirms this fact, if we want to be pragmatic and not to confront events and conflicts emotionally. It is no coincidence that in a survey published by the World Economic Forum for countries with the most positive global influence, the US is ranked the lowest.
We all know the role of the United States in the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. In Iraq, where the Bush administration invaded at the end of 2002, although it managed to displace former President Saddam Hussein within a few days, it deliberately did not re-establish stability in the country through covert support for a number of Iraqi militias and the conflict between Iraqis Sunni and Shiites that continues to this day. The next government, headed by Barack Obama, also did not help stabilize Iraq, but instead helped dismantle the country by supporting the Iranian influence inside the Iraqi government on the one hand and the administrative separation of Iraqi Kurdistan on the other. As a result, US governments have been able to steal hundreds of billions of dollars from Iraqi oil without any hindrance. In the Syrian crisis, which has been going on for more than six years, the US government deliberately managed the crisis without imposing a solution, and not because it is difficult and complex. As for the Ukrainian crisis and the Russian involvement in it, the Obama administration played an important role in supporting the uprising against the ruling pro-Russian party. However, the same US government did not support the local popular movement to resist the Russian power that managed to re-annex the Crimean Peninsula and did not prevent Russia from supporting its separatist militias in the east of Ukraine.
The previous scenarios do not differ from those of the current Arab Gulf states. Just a few days separate the visit of President Trump to Saudi Arabia since the beginning of this conflict. As a result, the US government, showing its support to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar, has managed to sign hundreds of billions of dollars worth of military deals. On the other hand, Qatar was urged to sign a deal worth about 12 billion dollars for the purchase of 36 F-15, in order for the US to withdraw their support to the other side and to stand in the middle. The US government has fueled the crisis, placed itself as a mediator to resolve it, and ultimately is the winner of this management with hundreds of billions of dollars just causing “Creative Chaos.”