The elusive peace and the Great Middle East civil war
Peace has been elusive since I came into political understanding in mid-60s. For three decades following World War 2, superpowers USA and USSR waged ideological wars in the South East Asian Theater. The first military action of the Cold War for global political, military and economic supremacy started in June 1950 between the Soviet-backed People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. The Vietnam or the second Indo-China war followed in November 1955. By the end of the two wars in 1975, total casualties ranged from 6 to 8 million people. Both wars were fought in vain.
While the Americans were engaged in Far East Asia, pro-Israeli neo-conservatives Henry Kissinger (who successfully disengaged US from Indo-China) and Alan Greenspan seized the opportunity to influence Washington’s foreign and economic policies to favor Israel who was unleashing terror upon the Palestinians by evicting them from their ancestral lands with the intent of building settlements. The Palestinians became homeless and without a state. They took up arms to defend themselves and became branded as terrorists.
Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian, Algerian, Moroccan and Jordanian Arabs, backed by Soviet support and Saudi and Kuwaiti oil funding, were no match for the highly disciplined Israeli army during the short wars in 1967 and 1973. Egypt, in economic doldrums, was the first Arab country to fall into the American camp lured by economic aid. The others followed.