Washington, however, has gone to great lengths to “fabricate and trade narratives” in establishing blame, without offering practical solutions.
The academic suggested that she has found it revealing that Washington seeks to balkanize the Middle East by means of military violence, which, conversely, creates perfect conditions for interventionism. But the truth is, according to Shakdam, that the crisis has spiraled out of Washington’s control.
“The US is trying to play stability and pretend they are in control, but instability is pulling the train today,” Shakdam said. “In reality, they [Washington] don’t have a plan except driving Assad out, which will create another vacuum, just like in Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Facilitating terrorism in the Middle East creates uncontrolled chaos, which, in the long term, affects the whole world, the analyst said, referring to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe.
“If we want peace in Syria we have to stop playing the terror card. And we should be quite real about what we call terrorism. We need to kind of stop playing militias to combat terrorism.”
“I don’t think the US can take down Russia. It seems insane to think that they can. And they have to come to some form of understanding. It’s a great fight ongoing, and the US understands Russia has a different vision for the future.”
Cooperation is needed between nations, unlike US attempts to impose its will, she said. As regional nations like Iran or Saudi Arabia strengthen their borders, the US is missing opportunity to build cooperation, creating many enemies.
“I don’t think that they understand that the Middle East is changing and it’s not the same as yesterday,” she said. “What we are seeing is a death of the old way and the rise of the new one.”