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A Note on Unlayering the Middle East War Agenda: Making Sense of Absurdities
This is a response to the unforensic focus on the Middle East War Agenda which still permeates the alternate media well into the 10th year of the New Pearl Harbor - used like the Nazi's 'Operation Canned Goods', to “goosestep the herrenvolk across international frontiers” first into Afghanistan, and next into Iraq. All ostensibly to “birthpang the New Middle East” as the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had righteously put it. 
That War Agenda is variously still blamed on:
- the Zionist agenda for Eretz Yisrael, and/or
- the sole superpower's Primacy and Its Geostrategic Initiatives to preemptively acquire and control the natural resources in the Middle East and Central Asia before any other nation or group of nations can rise to challenge its dominance.
The former is pitched as ungodly wars waged by the Jewish neoconservaties who dominate Washington, blueprinted in their PNAC and other Wolfowitz drawn strategy documents for Securing the Jews-only Realm.
The latter as wars of primacy for America's sole preeminence, blueprinted in Zbigniew Brzezinski's The Grand Chessboard and in the Pentagon's many Joint Vision strategy documents.
Both premises, while appearing sensible in 2003 (when I too employed them in my maiden book Prisoners of the Cave), in light of today's empiricism lead to outright absurdities.
America is going bankrupt due to these global wars, with rising national debt which now stands in the 13 trillion dollar range as officially reported by the US Treasury. What sort of primacy agenda for preeminence is that? The United States hasn't been able to extract the natural resources either from the Middle East and Central Asian soils anymore than she was already extracting them previously - as much as it wanted - with its own coddled dictators firmly in power.
Why did she need to wage murderous wars to decimate the region and remove its own cultivated dictators? It also sure hasn't been good for the Anglo-American oil companies – they can't do business when the region is torn asunder by the cycle of insurgency and counter-insurgency  manufactured by the Anglo-American Allies themselves. Same in Afghanistan – no pipelines, only the so called quagmires, as even the mainstream news of the United States puts it.
As for Israel, if Eretz Yisrael is the principal reason for decimating Iraq with millions of tons of Depleted Uranium munitions, destroying its fertile top soils and bountiful water tables, not to mention the ancient DNA of its inhabitants, and with only the immense hatred and ire of its millions of Arabs now irretrievably implanted to greet the Zionist from Israel, if they ever set foot onto its soil for resettlement, then the Jews can't really occupy that land for themselves now can they?
What did the Israelis really gain by brutally removing the servile Iraqi puppet of their own client state, the United States? Only chaos in the region! And perhaps some smaller equally compliant but unstable ethnic principalities carved out of the former equally compliant monolithic and stable Iraq. But wait, NO Eretz Yisrael! Only enormous hatred for Israel, and America. What an agenda for preeminence! Only the keystone cops could have blueprinted it. Hmmm....
Reality is almost like an onion.
It comes in layers.
The outer layer, when peeled, shows the next inner layer.
And so on down to the core.
It is difficult to get to the core of reality, without first unpeeling it, layer by layer.
The empirical fact however is that it is never mentioned in the mainstream, nor by many in dissentstream either, because the conspiracy is to not even acknowledge that the onion exists at all, for purposes of social engineering ‘United we Stand’ and introducing 'beneficial cognitive diversity’ to mislead and confuse the public.
But the outer layer of the onion is not the entire onion, however persuasive and inviting it may appear!
These are mere labels, the neocons, neoconservatives, neo-cons, they mean nothing by themselves.
America has been involved in warfare from Wounded Knee to Afghanistan, and before WWII, there were no neo-cons by that name.
So how does one explain America’s vast military-industrial-academe-media complex which is what actually wages the wars? How does one explain America's national security state?
But why do they wage wars?
The focus on Israel, and the Jewish Lobby, in my view, can at times be a gigantic red herring.   The real focus must remain on the oligarchy which funds all sides of wars, and has been doing so for 250 years, and for what eventual purpose.
The War on Terror; the war on Afghanistan; the war on Iraq; the war on Pakistan; the war on Iran; by themselves and on whatever mantras and asinine pretexts, make no sense – as the wars of neo-conservatism. It is just too easy to pin it upon the most visible harbingers for their most obvious motives! The outer layers of the onion in other words.
And what about the silent economic wars of neo-liberalism - aka free trade? 
Thomas Friedman best captured the interplay of these two sides of the imperial coin – the thunderous wars of shock and awe, and the matching silent wars of hunger and deprivations due to the loot and plunder of global natural resources via the stranglehold of contrived third world debt – in his 1999 New York Times column titled Manifesto for a Fast World:
“The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist — McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.” 
But peel down behind both types of wars, behind both philosophies of primacy which are as old as hegemony, as old as mankind itself, and we get World Government.
Global Governance would not be possible without the transformative abilities of these wars which seed controlled chaos, deprivations, disenfranchisement, and fabricated public appeals to authorities to resolve matters. Which of course they subsequently do, with greater and greater centralization of powers into the private hands of the same oligarchy who create the very crises for which they - ex post facto - present their own preferred solutions. See: Response to Financial Times Gideon Rachman's And now for a world government.
David Ben Gurion aptly described this Machiavellian modus operandi as
“what is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times”.
The unlayering is important so as to get to the heart of the matter, quickly and before it is too late. And the effect of it's not being unlayered in time, is the seeding fait accompli. That is the master political science . To understand this political science which is time-critical and which is what enables the narrating of these matters only ex post facto, see: “Of Ostriches and Rebels on The Hard Road to World Order”. 
That too, by itself, is still not the inner most core of the onion, only the next layer down, but it already demonstrates that focus on the outer layer of the onion of reality, the visible reality, makes for a great red herring.
No one in Plato’s cave can ever figure out the reality behind the images on the screen, by examining, and in no matter what excruciating a scholarship, the images on the screen before them.
That is why the outer layer of the onion, whether one sees the onion at all or not, is often pointless garbage.
Whenever I cook dinner at home, I always throw away the outer layer of the onion, it tastes terrible :-)
- Avi Shlaim on the Neoconservative Middle East War Agenda “The influence of the Likud and of its friends in Washington could be detected across the entire spectrum of American policy towards the Middle East,” writes Shlaim. By Stephen Sniegoski. My Catbird Seat 17 January 2011
- Insurgency vs. Counter-Insurgency Zahir Ebrahim 26 October 2010
- Pamphlet: "How To Return to Palestine” Zahir Ebrahim 15 May 2010
- The white man's burden still looks white in color! Zahir Ebrahim 14 Jan 2011
- Introducing A Game As Old As Empire Zahir Ebrahim 4 February 2007
- A Manifesto For a Fast World - Thomas L. Friedman March 1999
- Convince People of Absurdities and get them Acquiescing to Atrocities: The Enduring Power of Machiavellian Political Science Global Research 8 April 2010
- Of Ostriches and Rebels on The Hard Road to World Order Zahir Ebrahim 11 December 2010