Western colonialism and imperialism from Algeria to the Arab Spring

Frantz Fanon
Evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon in 1975
Still image from Black Hawk Down, produced in 2001

Let us put an end to self-inflicted wounds. Let us remember that our national unity is a most priceless asset. Let us deny our adversaries the satisfaction of using Vietnam to pit Americans against Americans.[viii]

Mohammad Reza Pahvlavi, the Shah of Iran, prior to being deposed during the Iranian Revolution in 1979
The Highway of Death: slaughter of Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait in 1991
Madeleine Albright: US Secretary of State 1997–2001
Collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. End of an empire? Or end of the counterweight to the Empire?

There was a more long-term and deeply worrying problem, both geopolitical and linked to the global pattern of future capital accumulation: the possibility of a West European-Russian link up…The geopolitical and accumulation consequences of this for US global dominance could be awesome: in the colourful language of geopoliticians, nothing less than the American loss of the planet’s Eurasian heartland; and think of the potential for capital accumulation created by yoking together the gigantic human and material resources of Western Europe and the former Soviet Union![xxi]

build a pipeline [from the Caspian Sea] across the Balkans, no doubt with Bechtel getting the building contract — former Bechtel executive and Reagan administration Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger is a leading Kosovo warhawk. Bechtel has already obtained major contracts in Tudjman’s Croatia.[xxii]

Kosovo is a neat operation from the Anglo-American point of view to drag the EU behind NATO/US world leadership, and to get rid of the notion that Russian sensibilities should be catered for. American strategists, desperate to retain NATO as their battering-ram in new Europe, maneuvered Europe into a war in order to prove that NATO had a permanent function, that it was the ultimate arbiter and could act alone, presenting the rest of the world with a fait accompli.[xxiii]

Aftermath of NATO airstrike in Serbia in 1999

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