Friday 28 March 2003

Will The Iraq War Spark World War III?

World War III, which has been described as a war on terror, has turned into a war on countries that are trying to assert their independence on the international scene, from Afghanistan to Iraq. This war also turned into an effort to reshape the Middle East in a way that serves America's interests, and this involves ousting regimes which roles have ended, thus creating a world division that will consume the American victory over Saddam Hussein's regime and creates fallouts that already began to appear on the horizon of international relations.

The conservative U.S. administration will not be able to absorb the negative consequences of the Iraq war, as well as those of the war on Palestine, unless American troops withdraw after installing a provisional government with the mission of holding democratic elections. Moreover, the UN should be entrusted with handling the Iraqi situation, and must be supported to implement its resolutions throughout the Middle East, which involves creating a Palestinian state and ending the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as removing weapons of mass destruction from the entire region.

Arab readings of the American efforts vary. Some support it and regard it as a savior from tyrannical regimes, while others see it as a form of imperialism seeking to assert America's own interests. The problem with the latter perception is that it is fiery and fails to provide a rational vision for the conditions of war and peace.

On the other hand, should the imperialistic trend prevail, we will witness a proliferation of civil wars and increased turmoil, after the main American interests, mainly the oil, have been protected, prompting the war to spread to other countries. Such state of affairs will bring about a new Sykes-Picot agreement, partitioning the Arab countries into 'mini-states,' starting with Iraq, which would be divided along ethnic and sectarian grounds.

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