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The Ongoing Restructuring of the Greater Middle East

CJ Hopkins

Map showing the 40 military bases the US has been compelled to position around Iran to combat Iranian aggression.

So, according to the corporate media, and to President Literally Hitler, himself, while America was sleeping last Friday morning, the U.S. Air Force was just minutes away from bombing the bejesus out of some desolate outposts somewhere in the Iranian desert and launching another catastrophic military blunder in the Middle East.

At approximately 0400 Zulu time, President Hitler and his top advisors (among them, John “the Walrus of Death” Bolton) were gathered in the Pentagon’s War Room, flight paths arcing across the big board. The hotline to Vladimir Putin’s office in St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow had been activated. The full force of the U.S. military was about to be brought to bear upon a package of top-level Iranian targets with no strategic value whatsoever.

Apparently, planes were in the air!” It was all so terribly, terribly exciting.

This awesome demonstration of American resolve was meant to be punishment for the vicious slaughter of an expensive U.S. military drone, which was peacefully invading Iranian airspace, and not at all attempting to provoke the Iranians into blowing it out of the sky with a missile so the U.S. military could “retaliate.”

The military-industrial complex would never dream of doing anything like that, not even to further the destabilization and restructuring of the Greater Middle East that they’ve been systematically carrying out the since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, which … more on that in just a moment.

Nor did the incursion into Iranian airspace of this non-provacative military drone have anything whatsoever to do with the crippling economic sanctions the U.S.A. has imposed on Iran in order to completely destroy its economy and foment a coup against its leaders, who are allegedly conspiring with Hezbollah and al Qaeda to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons to launch at Israel and Saudi Arabia, and other peaceful Middle Eastern democracies, and who were possibly responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and, who knows, maybe even the Holocaust!

Iran, remember, is a “terrorist nation,” which is not playing ball with the “international community,” which is why NATO has it completely surrounded and is flying hundred million dollar military drones up and down its coastline.

Also, they don’t like homosexuals (i.e., the Iranians, not NATO, of course), and they burn big American flags on television, and are generally Hitlerian in every other way. On top of which, they’re allies of Russia, the fount of all democracy-hating, fascist evil in the world today.

Which, I don’t know, makes it kind of weird that President Hitler would want to attack them, and destroy their economy with those crippling sanctions.

I mean, why would Putin allow him to do that? What was the point of brainwashing all those African Americans with those Facebook ads if his Manchurian President Hitler Puppet was just going to let The Walrus of Death and his deep state cronies bomb his allies?

Iran callously displaying the butchered remains of the inoccent $220million surveillance drone they ruthlessly murdered.

Honestly, the more I watch of this movie, the less the plot makes sense to me … but, hey, I’m just a political satirist, and not a professional Putin-Naziologist, or a geopolitical analyst, or whatever.

If I were (i.e., a geopolitical analyst), I guess I might want to take a step back and try to frame last week’s events within a broader historical context, rather than getting all worked up by the manufactured mass hysteria of the moment. If I did that, things might look a bit clearer, albeit somewhat less terribly exciting.

For example, that destabilization and restructuring of the Greater Middle East I just mentioned above, which has been in progress since the early 1990s, regardless of who was sleeping in the White House.

The Gulf War, the Iraq War, the “Arab Spring,” Egypt, Libya, Syria, et cetera … if I were a geopolitical analyst, I might be able to discern a pattern there, and possibly even some sort of strategy.

If I were a particularly cynical analyst, it might look to me like global capitalism, starting right around 1990, freed by the collapse of the U.S.S.R. to do whatever the hell it wanted, more or less immediately started dismantling uncooperative power structures throughout the Greater Middle East.

My cynical theory would kind of make sense of the “catastrophic policy blunders” that the United States has supposedly made in Iraq, Libya, and throughout the region, not to mention the whole “Global War on Terror,” and what it is currently doing to Syria, and Iran.

Take a good look at this Smithsonian map of where the U.S.A. is “combating terrorism.”

Note how the U.S. military (i.e., global capitalism’s unofficial “enforcer”) has catastrophically blundered its way into more or less every nation depicted.

Or ask our “allies” in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and so on. OK, you might have to reach them in New York or London, or in the South of France this time of year, but, go ahead, ask them about the horrors they’ve been suffering on account of our “catastrophic blunders.”

See, according to this crackpot conspiracy theory that I would put forth if I were a geopolitical analyst instead of just a political satirist, there have been no “catastrophic policy blunders,” not for global capitalism.

The Restructuring of the Greater Middle East is proceeding exactly according to plan. The regional ruling classes are playing ball, and those who wouldn’t have been regime-changed, or are being regime-changed, or are scheduled for regime change.

Sure, for the actual people of the region, and for regular Americans, the last thirty years of wars, “strategic” bombings, sanctions, fomented coups, and other such shenanigans have been a pointless waste of lives and money … but global capitalism doesn’t care about people or the “sovereign nations” they believe they live in, except to the extent they are useful.

Global capitalism has no nations. All it has are market territories, which are either open for business or not.

Take a look at that map again. What you’re looking at is global capitalism cleaning up after winning the Cold War. And yes, I do mean global capitalism, not the United States of America (i.e., the “nation” most Americans think they live in, despite all evidence to the contrary).

I know it hurts to accept the fact that “America” is nothing but a simulation projected onto an enormous marketplace … but seriously, do you honestly believe that the U.S. government and its military serve the interests of the American people?

If so, go ahead, review the history of their activities since the Second World War, and explain to me how they have benefited Americans … not the corporatist ruling classes, regular working-class Americans, many of whom can’t afford to see a doctor, or buy a house, or educate their kids, not without assuming a lifetime of debt to some global financial institution.

OK, so I digressed a little. The point is, “America” is not at war with Iran. Global capitalism is at war with Iran. The supranational corporatist empire. Yes, it wears an American face, and waves a big American flag, but it is no more “American” than the corporations it comprises, or the governments those corporations own, or the military forces those governments control, or the transnational banks that keep the whole show running.

This is what Iran and Syria are up against. This is what Russia is up against. Global capitalism doesn’t want to nuke them, or occupy them. It wants to privatize them, like it is privatizing the rest of the world, like it has already privatized America … according to my crackpot theory, of course.

But, again, I’m just a political satirist, not a geopolitical analyst. What the hell do I know about anything? Probably, if we just impeach Donald Trump, or The Walrus of Death, or elect Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders, or some other individual, we can put an end to all these catastrophic blunders that America keeps making in the Middle East.

So forget about my crackpot conspiracy theories, and let’s get back to whatever terribly exciting crisis is unfolding today. Seriously, my brain kind of hurts. I can’t wait to switch on the Internet and find out who’s threatening America at the moment … Russians, Iranians, Venezuelans, anti-Semites, Mexican migrants, Nazis? The possibilities are endless.

Ready? OK, here we go.

CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org

Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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CJ Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org Feel free to come find him in Berlin and buy him a beer. He’s been known to frequent an assortment of extremely suspicious RUSSIAN establishments in Kreuzberg.

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Rick
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Rick

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Rick
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Rick

Trump is (as yet) the only president since Jimmy Carter to not engage in actual warfare during his presidency. Clinton would have been in there by now – the corrupt warmonger – on some cooked-up evidence. Odd that Obama was not questioned for dropping more bombs that any other president in history… AND the guy even gets a Nobel peace prize. And Bush, well… just look at the lies we swallowed without blinking.

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Finally a piece on the monumental SCO summit by Escobar.
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/russia-india-china-will-be-the-big-g20-hit/

The other g’s will be told to their faces this week.

Peter M
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Peter M

What if..another conspiracy theory based on the current state of the world and tying in nicely with the topic of CC

The current situation of depletion of resources, the threat of global warming and the inability of the planetary resources to bear the demands of an ever increasing population, the unabating increase in wealth of a small group of already immensely wealthy people – all well known and factual – lead to the conclusions by a small group of oligarchs worldwide:

Be it resolved

The planet with the current load of population and their demands is under threat, the prsent model and mode of production, creating wealth and wealth distribution does neither work nor is it sustainable.
We have at our demand available all resources and have accumulated wealth sufficient that we control almost all the world’s production
We with the means that are available to us can radically change the current situation of overpopulation.

Therefore we decide:

The vast majority of the people not of our class is superfluous.
We do no longer need to increase our wealth with gains based on the debt slavery and production by hired labour
We substitute any needed labour with AI sufficient to produce what we need for a sustainable life in comparable luxury with non human labour, demanding no food or space.
We save on energy, free up space for the regrowth of forests and undisturbed wilderness and reduction of CO2 sufficiently to curb global warming to prevent the ecosystem we rely on from collapsing.
We keep those of the population needed for research into further development of AI so it becomes ever more autonomous, research into diseases threatening the remainder of humanity and research into agricultural projects to with increasing efficiency needing ever less human interference keep food production viable and continuous for the remainders.
What if that is the goal of talks about overpopulation being a real threat – but with different goals than those not of the oligarch class?

Maria S calef
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Maria S calef

Yea we should remember Condoleezza Rice, the token, saying that “is growing the birth pangs” and unleashing forces of constructive chaos which at the same will generate the conditions of violence and warfare in the region, to pave the way for USA, Israel, Britain, France could redraw again a new map for the Middle East to the image and interest of USA- Israel, Britain, and France.

threedawgs123
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threedawgs123

How mang blogs, articles are going to be written, commented on, which means doing nothing? When is something, the only thing that can make a positive difference going to be done? Bitching, moaning, continally stating the known, voting, marching, protesting– about or living in a country that has a 100% Corrupt, Inverted-Totalitarian, Police-State Government that is controlled by a handful of Jew Lawyers and Industrialists, and Super-Wealthy families, etc, for their benefit alone, and to the detriment and death of everyone else on the planet, going to be totally eradicated by guerilla armies composed of at least 3-5% of the determined few? When confronted with this level of tyranny, only violent eradication is the only recourse that can be sought and sustained.

Joanne Swanson
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Joanne Swanson

..
..By the way… If you aren’t paying attention, remember how Bush pretended ( play acted) to be wackadoodles, and then ended up “mistakenly” (oopsie) desecrating murdering pillaging torturing the most proud and Noble Iraqi civilation? All for the corporate SCRIPTWRITERS BEHIND THE STAGE.

……Where is this world’s intelligent justice community???! Are we really going to let history repeat itself!?? itself?? Itself!!?? Don’t regard that douchebag as anything but a nobody Oscar winning actor. Look towards the Exec. Producers directors and SCRIPTWRITERS BEHIND THE STAGE.

Is our justice community really just sitting waiting for the end of the “film” when the credits roll.??

….Unless we stop watching the infotainment show, they won’t stop. Their credits will never roll. The concept of “Humanity” is ending, our credits will roll, but they won’t bother to watch, but rest assured it will all be kept hoarded in their data mines. They will be too busy eating and shitting with their shit selves

Joanne Swanson
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Joanne Swanson

……..Where is this world’s intelligent justice community???! Are we really going to let history repeat itself!?? itself?? Itself!!?? Don’t regard that douchebag as anything but a nobody Oscar winning actor. Look towards the Exec. Producers directors and SCRIPTWRITERS BEHIND THE STAGE.

Is our justice community really just sitting waiting for the end of the “film” when the credits roll.?

wardropper
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wardropper

The ridicule-point-of-no-return was reached for me when, after the 2008 banking abomination, Iceland was declared by the UK to be a “terrorist” state (using a new contortion of an archaic law) so that the unsuspecting general population of of the country would have to bear the devastating brunt of the criminal deeds of some self-styled takeover bandits in the financial markets the people used to trust.

Believe me, if Iceland is a terrorist nation, then there is no other nation which isn’t.

mark
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mark

Have to be on the alert for fish finger suicide bombs.

Gwyn
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Gwyn

Fish finger suicide bombs? Oh my cod!

Wilmers31
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Wilmers31

If he is in Berlin, which I know well because I grew up there, he should know about the Ramma (sometimes Remma) Clan. These are now in the dock and thanks to a new law, some of their ill gotten assets can now be confiscated.

They are people originally from what is now Turkey, fled to what is now Libanon when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved 100 years ago. But the Americans itched about making war on Libanon, so the Rammas enjoyed asylum in Berlin. Now the Clan is 500 people. They have 77 properties in Berlin (which would normally be apartment buildings).

Thank you America for making war on Libanon – Berlin would not have the Samma Clan without you.

Antonym
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Antonym

“I can’t wait to switch on the Internet and find out who’s threatening America at the moment … Russians, Iranians, Venezuelans, anti-Semites, Mexican migrants, Nazis? The possibilities are endless.”

Good effort to avoid naming the only possible next top dog, China. If you call Trump Hitler, how will you call Xi then? His China won’t be a bull dog or Pekingese but more of a robotic AI Rottweiler.

China is already the world’s second economy and will only climb up. Their state capitalism beat all Western varieties of capitalism till now. They don’t depend on the dollar currency and manipulate virtual money swifter than the Fed.

mark
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mark

America is more and more like an obnoxious drunk in a bar trying to pick a fight with everyone he sees.

If Bolton, Trump and Pompeo get their war with Iran, it will probably be a re run, on a vastly greater scale, of the 2006 war in Lebanon. It would immediately spread to all the neighbouring countries, with US bases being attacked all around Iran. If the US wanted to re open the Straits of Hormuz, it would have to physically invade and occupy a long stretch of rugged and rocky Iranian coastline to the north of the straits before it could even begin clearing mines. This is full of cliffs and caves and sites for mobile anti ship missiles. Ships passing through the area are like ducks in a shooting gallery. So they couldn’t just bomb the country for weeks like they did in Serbia. They would have to mount a large scale invasion to occupy, clear and hold an extensive area of southern Iran. And these invading forces would be a magnet for ground attacks. The Iranian navy and air force would probably be destroyed fairly early on, though there might be large scale suicide attacks. Trying to occupy the country would be a nightmare. Destroying the energy infrastructure in the region would be a priority for Iran. Fighting would immediately spill over into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. It would probably escalate uncontrollably regionally and further afield, with Iran rejecting out of hand any peace offers, and go on for years.

Gezzah Potts
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If these psychopaths do attack Iran, literally the gates of hell will be opened, and as you point out, the entire region will be engulfed. Your scenario is accurate, along with the Straits Of Hormuz being blockaded. No prizes for guessing the huge impact that will have on the West’s economy. It would be catastrophic. The nutters in Washington. Jayzus….

mark
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mark

With Pompeo, Bolton, Nuttyyahoo, and Bonesaw Bin Salman in charge, what could possibly go wrong?

Gezzah Potts
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Er… those names, unfortunately, don’t give me even a minuscule amount of confidence. At all. In fact those names fill me with dread. What could go wrong!!? Everything Mark….

Gezzah Potts
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Thanks again CJ for your biting satire. And that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day; full spectrum dominance so every country with anything worth looting is opened up and plundered by the vampires. Most interesting how NATO wasn’t disbanded after the collapse of the Soviet Union, aye. In fact most countries of the former Eastern Bloc have also become NATO members. Defending freedom and democracy are they? You’re spot on that the United States and its lackeys are the military enforcers for the brutal regime of Neoliberalism. Sort of like an inverted socialism for the rich. Any country that maintains its independence and sovereignty is targeted. Which is what has been happening with Venezuela and Iran, who just happen to have lots of oil by the way. The rampant greed of these parasites. All for us.

mark
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mark

Gotta earn those shekels, Trump.
Gotta do a little dance for the donors.
Gotta star another little war for us, goy.

Kathy
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Kathy

I thought Trump said it all when he stated.
It was an unmanned drone I wasn’t going to Kill a 150 people over an unmanned drone.

Kathy
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Kathy

Also meant to add I do like your writing style.
I do think you are right though.It is not the countries waging war it is the global capitalists for sure. As they say many a true word spoken in jest. Note how the UK members of this club are already sharpening their swords and rubbing their hands together and salivating over the potential spoils. I only hope that Trump does expose them all. Well I can at least dream and live in hope.

Martin Usher
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Martin Usher

While I agree with the idea that ‘global capitalism’ is at war with Iran (and Russia, China and anyone else who doesn’t toe their line) I do think that referring to President Trump as ‘Hitler’ is neither useful nor amusing. Trump does have one thing in common with Hitler in that he bluffs when he holds a losing hand but today’s World isn’t the same as 1930s Europe so the strategy probably won’t work that well. I think Trump recognizes his weakness as well as realizing — belatedly — that he’s allowed some very dangerous people to get into key positions in his Administration. Our only hope in the short term is that ‘global capitalism’ runs the numbers and figures that while brinkmanship may be good for business actually starting wars probably isn’t.

Global capital has been an issue for well over a hundred years and dealing with it has been a bit tricky because of the preponderance of Jewish bankers in the world financial system, the role of Zionism in shaping Jewish life and ideology. Its far too easy to just blame ‘the Jews’, its been done before but as everyone found out from bitter experience wiping out one’s friends, neighbors and colleagues does absolutely nothing about the negative effects of global finance, in fact if anything it enhances its power by making it proof against criticism. (Because as well all know any criticism is automatically anti-Semitism &tc.). It might be useful to remember that the intellectual muscle behind communism was largely Jewish (the Nazis sold themselves as anti-communist) and even the early Soviet secret police were run by Jews so we should be able to untangle the people from the problem — the Jews only dominate global finance because they’re good at it and were first out the gate (and I reckon they don’t like Iranians because they recognize a society that would be at least as good at them at it if they got the chance!).

Rhys Jaggar
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Rhys Jaggar

The thing about Global Capitalism is that it has no single leader we can all go and harangue, someone who can be voted out of office.

Global Capitalism has no leader, it has a constituency and, like the Masons, its power players remain quiet, behind the scenes, not open to challenge by outsiders.

It chooses its figureheads secretly, backs them obliquely and they get paid to take the blame in due course.

It is supremely anti-democratic, it has contempt for the values of the majority and values subservience, obedience and discretion above all else. Whistleblowing is the ultimate treason…..

So fighting GC is a bit of challenge as it never stands for election, never opens decision-making to the citizenry and never admits error nor apologises.

But if the juggernaut is to be stopped in its tracks, it has to be challenged.

Leadership is finding a way to do that.

Peugeot
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Peugeot

I doubt very much Bernie Sanders is the answer, another Israeli puppet.

Stuart Davies
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Stuart Davies

Bloody hell, Mr Hopkins, you drove every single nail with a single mocking blow, I’m awed! They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but a well informed wag with a pen is one wickedly dangerous individual.

Gwyn
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Gwyn

To add insult to injury, Iran will probably get a good few rials from a scrap-metal dealer for the remains of that drone. Not to mention any electronic bits and bobs they might have salvaged.

Yet another foreign-policy own goal by the Septics!

Jen
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Jen

Iranians have a habit of shooting down American drones, retrieving them and pulling them to learn their inner workings, and then making their own copies of the drones at a fraction of the price of the originals.