For years the Middle East has been engulfed in civil wars, carnage and sectarian strife, Scottish researcher Steven MacMillan noted, adding that from Afghanistan to Libya Western foreign policy was aimed at instigating or exacerbating the chaos and instability in the region.
"In July of 2014, the former director of policy planning for the US Department of State and the President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Richard Hass, compared the Middle East of today to 17th century Europe, in his article "The New Thirty Years War." Hass proclaims that the Middle East will likely be as turbulent in the future unless a "new local order emerges," Scottish geopolitical analyst and editor of The Analyst Report Steven MacMillan emphasized.
According to MacMillan, there is an agenda, at least among some influential US decision makers, to destroy nation states in the Middle East and turn the region into a bundle of separate "mini-states."
"Ubiquitous evidence indicates that there is an agenda by at least some strategists within the US to destroy the nation state and balkanize the region into feuding rump states, micro-states and mini-states, which will be so weak and busy fighting each other that they will be unable to unify against foreign colonial powers — most notably Western multinational corporations," MacMillan explained.
After a long period of bloodshed and destruction exhausted nations will accept a Western imposed "new local order" in a form of, for instance, a "Middle Eastern Union." And they will accept it regardless of the fact that the very same Western forces bear responsibility for "much of the intolerable chaos," the researcher remarked.
Curiously enough, the scenario depicted by Lewis in the 1990s is strikingly similar to what we see today, he stressed.
Referring to former US secretary of state and CFR member Henry Kissinger, the researcher stressed that Kissinger has repeatedly called for the fragmentation of Syria into the "more or less autonomous regions."
At the same time, some of the Pentagon's formerly classified documents, particularly a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report, released in May 2015, indicated that "Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey" — who have long been supporting the so-called "Syrian opposition" — were considering the creation of a "Salafist principality in Eastern Syria in order to isolate the Syrian regime."
MacMillan highlighted that the same West-designed pattern of balkanization could be seen in Libya. After NATO's 2011 aggression, the country engulfed in civil war and bloodshed was divided into three parts: "Cyrenaica comprising the East of the country, and the West split into Tripolitania in the Northwest and Fezzan in the Southwest."
Although some experts claim that the Iranian nuclear deal has ushered in an era of a new course in Western foreign policy in the Middle East, it is most likely that the balkanization strategy will remain its cornerstone, the analyst noted.
"[T]he most probable scenario will be a continuation of the balkanization strategy that we have all come to expect; until a "new local order emerges" — an order that will be designed by, and for, Western interests of course," MacMillan emphasized.