The United States has created an endless vortex of madness in the Middle East by ousting an array of vile dictators. The crisis in the Middle East is causing anarchy due to the West executing dictators’ groups like ISIS, who now control an area in the heart of the region that larger than Great Britain.
A giant void is in the middle of a historically and politically unstable part of the world. Also, radical groups are rushing to the top to fill in the giant empty hole, which has created a chaotic and confusing vortex in the Middle East.
BBC News defines Hezbollah, as the strongest member of Lebanon’s pro-Syrian opposition bloc. Saad Hariri is the organization’s leader and is against pro-Western regimes. Several members of the Lebanon Parliament represent the group. They also have ministers in a national unity government that was formed in late 2009.
The English translation of Hezbollah is the party of God. It is a powerful political and military organization mainly made up of Shia Muslims whose goal is to drive Israelis from Lebanon. The Hezbollah were formed in in the early 1980s with financial aid from Iran.
The group rages against Israel. They also forced the last Israeli troop out of Lebanon using their military army called, The Islamic Resistance.
The group became quite popular in the early 2000s. However, their popularity began to wane amongst the Lebanese people who were Western supporters in 2006. This was when they were in a huge war against Israel. The war which followed the capture of an Israeli soldier.
On May 21, 2008, the organization’s power to veto was recognized. Since then, Hezbollah has continuously blocked the election of new presidents by boycotting different sessions in parliament. Washington D.C. has recognized them as a terrorist organization after they accused Hezbollah of dismantling Lebanon once Syria withdrew their troops from the country, after the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The group has held Westerners hostage previously, through different cells. However, in 1983, a suicide bombing that killed 241 marines in Beirut, was planned by Middle Eastern militants who became members of the same terrorist organization.
Hezbollah has imposed a strict form of an Islamic code over the southern region of Lebanon. Their laws were not well liked by the residents of the Middle East.
When the West removed cruel and merciless dictators, similar groups in the Middle East rose to prominence to fill in the void. This caused a vortex of anarchy across the heart of the Middle East, larger than Great Britain, and controlled by another terrorist group, ISIS.
The Middle East is similar to Mexico, a nation where the dismantling of their most powerful cartel plunged the nation into an all-out drug-fueled civil war. Mexico and the Middle East are two experiments created by the West, with the intention of spreading diplomatic freedom to the far reaches of the world but instead created a crisis. However, the experiment failed and large patches of anarchy have spread thickly throughout the globe.
“The New York Times” reported that United States President Barack Obama surprised many people when he termed the crisis gripping much of the Middle East as an economic one. He stated the Sunnis in Iraq were detached from their local economy, and they are also frustrated because they are having trouble achieving their standards.
However, the article continues to report the Sunnis and the rest of Middle East is removed from the global economy. Only 0.4 percent of global imports are from the Middle East, which is less than it accounted for in 1983. The European nation of Germany accounts for 6.4 percent alone. The World Bank reports the Middle East is aligned with Asia and other nations in the area, such as Egypt, that had a gross national product (GNP) of $406 and China that was $110 in 1965.
However, the same figures increased as of 2014, Egypt has $1,566 and China has $3,583. There is also a large gap between South Korea and Iran, which had a similar GNP in 1965 because South Korea now has $24,000 and Iran only has $3,000.
Statistics show that only 16 percent of exports travel from one Middle Eastern nation to another. At the same time, two-thirds of European exports travel within the European Union. Countries such as Iran and Egypt, have detached from other nations in the Middle East, as well as the rest of the world.
The economic gap between the Middle East and the rest of the world has been widening greatly since 1965. However, groups like Hezbollah are most likely not going to bridge the gap between the Middle East and the West or Asia. In order to create social and economic equality between the two worlds; freedom of trade, speech, and a democratic system overall must be established in nations like Iraq and Lebanon. Terrorist groups will only bring fear instead of liberty.
Reuters reported the radical group stated that their military leader, Mustafa Badreddine was killed in a blast. The explosion happened near the Damascus Airport and is cited to be one of the biggest blows to the organization’s leadership.
At Badreddine’s funeral, at a mosque in the organization’s stronghold of southern Beirut, members of the group were waving the organization’s flags and chanting, “Death to America,” and “Death to Israel.” It is a clear statement that the tension in the region between militant groups, the West, and Israel is not easing up. Also, the more that Western nations disturb the Middle East, the more irritated the region becomes, just like a hornets’ nest.
Foreign Affairs reported in 2002, the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., a year earlier, was a reaction to misguided U.S. policies in the Middle East. The nation’s support for unpopular Arab regimes and Israel led to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Global Issues also said the suppressed citizens of the region blame the U.S. and other Western nations, like France, the U.K., and the former Soviet Union for the unrest in the Middle East. The nations have placed leaders, who are not favorable amongst the residents, into positions of power over the region.
Foreign Affairs reported the praise from the population of the Middle East toward the Obama administration did not last long, after the administration’s conventional approach toward the Israeli-Palestine conflict. However, the enemy of the West may not be their friend, although, they still keep whatever order and balance possible, in such an already chaotic region. The free world, unwisely, opened Pandora’s Box. The crisis is the Middle East is causing anarchy in a war-torn region.
Opinion by John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
BBC News: Who are Hezbollah?
The New York Times: The Real Middle East Crisis Is Economic
Reuters: Top Hezbollah commander killed in Damascus blast
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Global Issues: Middle East
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