The past few posts on my blog have been about modern colonialism and the continuing dominance of the west over the global south. How lucky am I that now I have proof – in the form of thousands of exposed US cables. Wikileaks (what an amazing, amazing man!) has just released tons of secret documents that have revealed information about global politics, in particular the relationship between the US and other countries. I’ve been reading about the leaks on Common Dreams (a great alternative news source) and here are some reflections from Robert Fisk, MIddle East analyst:
There is virtually no talk (so far, at least) of illegal Jewish colonial settlements on the West Bank, of Israeli “outposts”, of extremist Israeli “settlers” whose homes now smallpox the occupied Palestinian West Bank – of the vast illegal system of land theft which lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian war. And incredibly, all kinds of worthy US diplomats grovel and kneel before Israel’s demands – many of them apparently fervent supporters of Israel – as Mossad bosses and Israel military intelligence agents read their wish-list to their benefactors.
That wonderful Palestinian journalist Marwan Bishara was right when he said at the weekend that these US diplomatic papers were of more interest to anthropologists than political scientists; for they are a record of a deviant way of thinking about the Middle East. If King Abdullah (the crumbling Saudi version, as opposed to the Plucky Little Jordanian King version) really called Ahmadinejad Hitler and Sarkozy’s adviser called Iran “a fascist state”, it shows only that the US State Department is still obsessed with the Second World War.
Another news story is about the supposed nuclear weapon that the US accused Iran of possessing, which apparently does not exist (surprise surprise):
WASHINGTON – A diplomatic cable from last February released by Wikileaks provides a detailed account of how Russian specialists on the Iranian ballistic missile programme refuted the U.S. suggestion that Iran has missiles that could target European capitals or intends to develop such a capability.
A key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration’s ballistic missile defence policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian missile threat has produced a spate of stories supporting the existing Iranian threat narrative. (AFP/Wojtek Radwanski) In fact, the Russians challenged the very existence of the mystery missile the U.S. claims Iran acquired from North Korea.
Interestingly, no major US newspaper reported this cable! So basically Americans (and others) continue to believe that the US claim about this weapon is true, despite the fact that Russian observers said it did not exist.
We see from these leaks that 1. Palestine doesn’t matter; 2. how important Israel is to the US; and 3. Obama is basically continuing Bush’s attack on the Middle East by insisting that Iran has nuclear capabilities, a claim that has been disputed by other sources.
What do you think about these leaks? Which were your favourite? Do you think they will change anything in the global geopolitical system, or will it all die down and go back to the way it was?