A passage from Pierre Hillard’s book, The Irresistible March towards the New World Order (La marche irrésistible du nouvel ordre mondial)
The tensions and violence that have shaken the Middle East since the Israeli military intervention in Lebanon on the 12 July 2006, are merely the visible part of an enormous political, economic, religious and philosophical world programme.
The American occupation of Iraq in March 2005 launched a revolutionary project whose aim is to re-shape a vast geographical zone stretching from Morocco to Pakistan: the Greater Middle East. This name conceals a profound geographical reconfiguration which lies in store for these Muslim countries.
There are many theories and much speculation regarding the interntions of American and Israeli leaders. There are, however, some early indications permitting a solid interpretation of the current strategy. This is the focus of the following maps, calling for a geographical reconfiguration of the Middle East.
These maps (“BEFORE” – the situation in 2006 – and “AFTER” – situation following the reconfiguration) appeared in an article, published in an American military review (Armed Forces Journal) in June 2006, written by a retired lieutenant-colonel, Ralph Peters. From 1976, he quickly climbed the ranks in a mechanised infantry division and then, in 1980, went on to continue his career in military intelligence.
Author of a number of works on military strategy and international relations, Ralph Peters retired from the US army in 1999. But he remains in close contact with the US military as he is a member of the AFJ’s editorial board. This publication is just a small part of an empire in the American military press. Founded in 1863, this monthly review is aimed at American officers and deals with a wide range of subjects such as: military technology, logistics, strategy, military doctrine or tactics. In fact, the AFJ is controlled by a parent company whose publications are structured around three structures:
1) The Military Times Media Group which publishes : Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times et Marine Times.
2) The Defense News Media Group, an international group of defence reviews which publishes: Defense News, Armed Forces Journal (AFJ), Training and Simulation Journal, and C4ISR (intelligence, surveillance et reconnaissance).
3) The Federal Times, weekly newspaper dealing with new technology and financial issues.
Since the 1 August 1997, the Army Times Publishing Company has been a subsidiary of an even more powerful group, Gannett. Established in 1906 by Frank Gannett, this press and media empire publishes some 90 daily newspapers, the most famous of which are USA Today and USA Weekend, and controls 22 TV channels. Its activities also extend to the UK, where 17 dailies are under its control. The group generates colossal revenue, estimated at 7.6 billion dollars in 2005.
This introduction allows a better understanding of the environment in which the AFJ operates and of the importance of Ralph Peters work. Indeed, his proposals and calls for a radical change of Middle Eastern borders are clearly not just one man’s idle thoughts.
Numerous studies, calling for a review of national borders in the Middle East, have been launched within American military bodies and in various think-tanks.
As the map marked “AFTER” shows, the changes made to the borders are the result of a deliberate and careful analysis, the publication of which in a prestigious military review is no coincidence. The aim is also to gauge reactions, particularly those of the region’s Muslims. *
We must not regard this document, however, as being final. In fact it is a first draft, likely to be subject to various changes, which some term “adjustment variables”. In reality, the true interest of these documents is to demonstrate that the military, by no longer hesitating to make this fact officially known, is totally committed to a geographical area.
At the same time, this operation must be undertaken in accordance with Israel for whom this shake-up will have direct and immediate implications. Ralph Peters describes himself as an “old friend” of this country (New York Post, 22 July 2006).
* The aim of such a publication is to spark debate among the communities concerned. Inevitably, there will be supporters and opponents of such a reconfiguration. Opposition movements will emerge from the political parties and from the communities of Muslim countries. It will then be possible to put pressure on a particular ethnic or political group in order to encourage demands, which can only be met by the implementation of ethnic and regional policies. In fact, the disintegration of Middle Eastern nations mirrors that of European nations.
Translated from French
The original author was Pierre Hillard, former Professor of International Relations at ESCE, Paris, and author of numerous works on internationalism and the European Union.
Source: Cercle des Volontaires