Important things when considering the Middle East situation
A few years ago, the Islamic State (IS), which was frequently treated in television news, is now not covered at all. As you can see in the BBC, etc., the activities of the Islamic countries continue even though the power has shrunk.
The quality of Japan’s international news, and thus the quality of current events, is only declining. Because there is a lot of occasional coverage, it is difficult to grasp the flow of things. In order to make up for the lack of information, you need to read books and specialty magazines. Conversely speaking, it can be understood that the information gap is widening between those who go for information themselves and those who do not go for it.
When thinking about the situation in the Middle East, what is important is that you need to know the history of the Middle East, especially after World War I. Although Arabs originally settled in the Palestinian area, the secret agreement of the European powers divided the territory into a half-colonial state. Forced to set the control area, local people suffered.
After the Second World War, Europe started to pull hands from the Middle East gradually, and instead, the United States intervened. Israel, which was established in Palestine with the support of Jews from around the world, has also made the regional situation in the Middle East complicated and weird.
Middle East war over three times
The Middle East has been devastated by the Middle East War four times. The power of the country began to differ in a country with rich oil resources and a country with no resources.
Iraq, which was one of those countries that had no power, used arms from the United States as a guard for Iran, which has set up Islamicism. The leader of Iraq was President Saddam Hussein.
President Hussein has garnered tremendous support from the public with his humble speech. However, Iraq does not have excess oil resources. It invaded Kuwait in the neighboring country to procure scarce resources.
This action touched on the backlash of the United States. The United States has taken an attack on the Iraqi army at the UN Security Council to stop Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. After that, with the UN forces, we launched an attack on the Iraqi forces.
The Iraqi army will pull out of Kuwait without a hitch. This war is what is called the Gulf War.
As you know, President Hussein appears in front of the United States again about 10 years after the Gulf War. The Gulf War is the foundation for the Iraqi War.
Road to the war in Iraq
On September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks occurred in the United States. At the time of the outbreak, I still remember clearly how I saw the World Trade Center crashing in real time.
It is Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden that caused the terrorist attacks. An organization called Al Qaeda has affirmed the jihad (holy war) based on Islamism and targets all countries and organizations that are against Islam.
The United States has been targeted by al Qaeda as a country against Islamism. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, President Bush is going to retaliate.
At that time, Afghanistan was considered to be the hiding place of al Qaeda. It was rumored that the Taliban government, which ruled Afghanistan, was hiding Osama bin Laden.
The United States urged the Taliban government to hand over the terrorists, but the Taliban government did not respond, and as a result, the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan.
The Taliban government will collapse without control on the background of overwhelming firepower. The United States plans to create a new government in Afghanistan and to become a democratic nation.
However, it was not easy to rule Afghanistan as the United States thought. The repeated suicide bombings and surprise attacks by guerrillas will gradually destroy the ruled US forces.
It was the beginning of the Aegean rule of the quagmire.
The United States has always had an ideology close to a sense of duty to export its democratic ideas to other countries. I tried to apply this to the Middle East.
In the Middle East, indigenous religious cultures such as Islam have been established, and it is a state of anything about democracy.
The reason why American democratic exports worked well in postwar Japan was that the idea of democracy had already spread among cultural people, scholars and high-level government officials. It should not seem as if the United States is still trailing the success of its governance policy in Japan.