NATO Plans New Sykes-Picot, Middle East Chaos
By M.D. Nalapat
June 14, 2012 "Information
-- On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Paris and
London approved a secret agreement to dismember the Ottoman
Empire and divide the Middle East between themselves.
Sykes-Picot agreement set new boundaries for many countries in
the region, and began a period of direct control of the Middle
East that the West has sought to perpetuate to the present.
2003 invasion of Iraq by the US and Iraq’s former colonial
master, the UK, NATO has been transparent in its desire to once
again exercise direct control over the countries in the region.
The few regimes that are opposed to NATO hegemony are being
faced with a concerted effort by NATO and its regional backers
to overthrow them.
After Iraq, it was the turn of Libya, followed by Syria. Next
will be Iran. I believe the casualties in Libya were much higher
than the official figures claimed by the coalition. Libya has
become a madhouse of tribal and religious conflicts, and a
country where competing mafias have sliced up the country,
united only by their subservience to the commercial interests of
their creator and benefactor, NATO.
Even the so-called peace mission to Syria has as its deputy head
a diplomat from France, the main player in the 2011 regime
change in Tripoli and a country that is actively pressing for
military intervention in Syria. Only UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
with his complete confidence in NATO member states, believes
that Jean-Marie Guehenno will play a "neutral" role in Syria.
NATO is also encouraging Turkey to believe that it can regain
the status it enjoyed during the Ottoman Empire, thereby
provoking Ankara into a hyper-active stance in support of NATO's
regime change operations.
As for Qatar and Saudi Arabia, they are so blinded by their
hatred for the anti-monarchist and Shia regime of Bashar
al-Assad that they are willing to join hands with NATO in
destabilizing a fellow Arab government, oblivious to the fact
that someday, they themselves could get exposed to the same
Unlike Libya, Syria is not in an isolated corner. An
intensification of the NATO-sponsored civil war in that country,
which is pitting Salafists and Wahhabis against Shia, Druze,
moderate Sunnis and Christians, would set off sectarian unrest
in the entire region.
If this has not happened so far, the credit must go to Russia
and China, which have thus far succeeded in blocking NATO from
direct military intervention. The alliance needs to know that
2012 is not 1916, and that their ongoing efforts at repeating
the Sykes-Picot agreement will lead to disaster.
The author is director and professor of the School of
Geopolitics at Manipal University in India.