Damien on… The Middle East: The Cradle Of Civilisation
…at least, it SHOULD have been.
First, let the author clear up one important point: this piece is NOT about any specific race, ethnicity, creed, religion, country or nationality.
Rather, it is about several races, ethnicities, creeds, religions – and a LARGE number of countries and nationalities.
Both in the Middle East and outside of it.
Today, most people assume civilisation began in Europe. This is because Europe is the most advanced region of our modern World.
But scholars know that the occupants of the Middle East had a head-start of several thousand years on The West.
However, they BLEW it – and were not helped by The West.
If the occupants of The Middle East – an area that grew to encompass the top of Africa, The Stans and Central Asia – had got their arses in gear, they would have had a settlement on MARS by now.
But no. Their gathering into tribes, who then spent the next ten millennia kicking the crap out of each other, have left them short of entering the TWENTIETH century – let alone the twenty-first.
And when the ancient Greeks – then the Romans – then modern Europe – overtook them, THEY hardly helped.
The colonialists exploited the Middle East – but then pulled out, just before realising the natives were sitting on top of a shit-load of OIL.
Of course, it was not really their fault. At the time they pulled out, most people did not yet own cars – and most power stations ran on COAL. Thus oil was not really a big deal.
But after WW2, it became the life-blood of Western civilisation.
And if The West had had any sense, they would have reoccupied the countries they had formerly exploited – and exploited them a whole heap MORE.
However, having “nobly” pulled out to allow their old empire regions to “prosper” – they could hardly have done so, without appearing despotic.
And so instead, they poured obscene amounts of money into the hands of the LOCAL despots who now ran the countries.
Said despots would then spend their time sitting around wondering how many new Royces and Mercs to buy that year – and how much oil money they could screw out of the Western countries, to pay for them.
They would no more have considered sharing their oil wealth with their country’s citizens than a Texas landowner would have considered sharing HIS – with his CATTLE.
And while earlier, in France, the citizens had taken matters into their own hands and parted their despots from their heads – their Middle-Eastern equivalents had been brought up to RESPECT their “betters”.
Plus, thanks to Western politicians who had grown fat on the table-scraps thrown to them by the despots, said despots were now heavily ARMED.
Thus a status quo emerged where sycophantic, but powerful Westerners protected these nouveau riche primitives – and plied them with more money than they or their families could ever spend.
But now, that money is running OUT.
And so belatedly, The West is trying to regain control of the region.
But the farcical to-ings and fro-ings of its efforts have resulted in more chaos than would have occurred if they had just manned up and retaken control of the countries, stripping them of their black gold.
And the COST of these efforts – both direct and indirect – have been PHENOMENAL.
But trying to MANAGE the region is akin to trying to stop seventeen tigers in a small cage from ripping each others’ throats out.
So what is the solution?
F***ed if I know.