If America attacks Syria, the World Can again become Bipolar

Egypt was boiling. The whole world was condemning – in heart if not in words – the role of America and its Western allies that had been watching the ouster of a democratically-elected government and the subsequent  massacre of the peaceful protesters by the military with criminal silence or expression of some degree of “concern” over the violence. The brutal killing of more than 2000 was not enough for the US to warn of “grave consequences” and threaten “military action”. But the Western regimes were well aware of the damage that the Egypt turmoil was causing to its credibility. There was, therefore, an urgent need to enact a drama that would serve many purposes at the same time. Suddenly chemical attack in Syria hit the international headlines. The news of the unfolding horror was telecast with all the ghastliness that the media could command at its disposal. The numbers of casualties were swelled. The rebels’ word was taken as final. Even without thinking why Syrian Government, which was on the verge of a decisive victory against West-Israel-supported rebels would commit a folly that could attract military action, the blame was put on its head.

It started serving the purposes that it was intended for. It successfully diverted the international attention from Egypt to Syria. While much larger number of killings, which required no proof or investigation, did not warrant any military action against the putchist Egypt Government, the casualties in Syria, without even any clear proof as to who used the chemical weapons, at once attracted threats of military action. Obama who was in fear of losing face and being dubbed as “soft” had an opportunity to prove that he could be quite hard. Softness and hardness have only to do with “American interests”; nothing else matters.

But the military action would perhaps never turn into reality. One reason as I have written in my recent write-ups is that America is now more interested in perpetuating civil wars in the Muslim world rather than starting new wars. But for “American interests,” even unwillingly, another war could begin to safeguard Israel. The problem is that Russia and China have taken a much tougher stand against American threats than they have done anytime before in the last three decades. The Iranian angle makes things worse. The US and its Western allies fear that if they go ahead with their military plan, what remains an informal alliance of Russia, China and Iran, can suddenly become formal. From being defensive, which it has been in recent years, it can turn aggressive. The world, which had become unipolar with the end of the Cold War, can again become bipolar. And this time, the old Communist bloc can have a bigger and more open support of the resurgent Islamic world. The balloon of the myth of dependence of Muslim World on West can puncture.

What Muslim World wants from West can be easily supplied by Russia, China and many other countries, but what West needs from Islamic world (energy) is not available from anywhere else.

The Islamic world is unfortunately sharply divided on the issue of Syria. As most of them have access only to the international media, they tend to think that the Syrian government is the devil and the fighters against them are the angelic warriors. They do not know that most of the “warriors” are supporters of Israel and the one Islamic group among more than a dozen groups of rebels has been sidelined. It is being ensured that if Assad falls, only the agents of America and Israel should rise to power in Syria. If the statistics and the background of warring factions is analysed, it can be easily seen that this is a war between two evils. Which is the bigger evil is not easy to decide. If Assasd is the bigger evil in the eyes of America, it is only because it has been the only enemy country of Israel in its neighbourhood and is part of the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis, which is the only alliance fighting for the Palestinians.

If West learns to behave, it will be better for the whole world. If it does not, while the mankind will suffer as a whole, Political and Economic West will also fast approach its inevitable decline.

Dr Javed Jamil is India-based thinker and writer with over a dozen books including his latest, “Muslims Most Civilised, Yet Not Enough” and “Muslim Vision of Secular India: Destination & Road-map”. Other works include “The Devil of Economic Fundamentalism”, “The Essence of the Divine Verses”, “The Killer Sex”, “Islam means Peace” and “Rediscovering the Universe”. He can be contacted at

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