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'All US policies in West Asia failing, its hegemony ending’

All US policies in West Asia are failing and its hegemony is ending, says an author, describing US foreign policy as a means to serve the interest of the arms industry and the Zionist lobby.

Massoud Shadjareh, from the Islamic Human Right Commission, said the US is becoming more “oppressive” and “aggressive” as it is losing power.

“Whichever policy that you are looking at is actually failing because the United States is failing, the US is losing its power, and it knows it, and it is truly becoming more oppressive, and aggressive,” he told Press TV on Sunday.

US failed policy in Iran

The recent nationwide riots in Iran were aimed at instigating a regime change in Iran but failed, Shadjareh said, explaining that the riots were backed by the US because of the so-called “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran has failed.

He added that the US spent years trying to convince all nations to turn them against the Islamic Republic in order to serve its own hegemonic goals.

And now, after everything has failed, the US is trying to cause “internal disturbances” inside Iran, he said.

In 2018, Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that were lifted under the accord while piling on with new ones. He said he was adopting a “maximum pressure” policy to force Tehran to negotiate a new deal.

Nonetheless, observers believe that the policy against the Islamic Republic has failed in the face of Iran’s maximum resistance campaign.

However, in mid-September, another failed attempt was made by the US and its allies to support violent riots, fruitlessly seeking regime change in Iran.

The riots broke out following the death of a young Iranian woman, MahsaAmini, who died in police custody in an incident, which has been proven to have happened as a result of illness, not through any fault of Iranian law enforcement forces.

Large numbers of Iranian civilians and security forces were killed in the riots.

US policies serve interests of arms industry, Zionist lobby

Some people think that the US policies in West Asia and South America and elsewhere are for national interest, but, Shadjareh said, they actually serve the interest of a small section of powerful lobbyists and influencers like the arms industry, the Zionist lobby, and so forth.

“What is defined as sort of American interest is really nothing more than sending as much arm and getting looking after one percent and not the rest of the 99% of people in the United States. And this is the corruption at the highest level, which is part and parcel of the hegemony of the United States, and this is why we are seeing the beginning of the end of the empire,” he added.

‘US addiction to war’

Zafar Bangash, director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, also told Press TV on Sunday that the reason why the US has not learned its lesson from its failed policies towards Iran is that it is “addicted to war.”

“Basically, the US is addicted to war and the American rulers are addicted to war, because they earn a lot of money from it,” Bangash said.

He cited the US $858 billion military policy bill approved by Congress as a case in point.

He said the multi-billion budget, highest in the American history, means it is in the US's interest to continue to wage wars around the world to “continue campaigns of destabilization.”

“And their specific target is the Islamic Republic of Iran, for the simple reason that it has broken out of the stranglehold of the hegemonic world order that had been created after the Second World War,” he added.

Iran, Bangash said, is seen by the United States as a threat to their hegemony and so they continue to pursue their policies, even though, all their tactics have failed over the last 44 years as far as Iran is concerned, but they do not give up to keep on trying one way or another.

They are addicted to imposing their hegemony on others, he stated, adding that, however, the policies implemented in the region will “ultimately undermine American blackmailing tactics.”

‘Yemen war a tactic to control the flow of oil’

On the Yemen war imposed by the Saudi-led coalition to reinstall the US-backed, Riyadh-friendly former Yemeni government, Bangash explained that Americans are backing the Saudi war in Yemen because they want to control the flow of oil through the Red Sea as a part of the US hegemonic policy.

Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015.

In addition to reinstalling the regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, the war aimed to crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

‘US policy on Syria a total failure’

Bangashalso commented on US policy on Syria describing it as a “total failure”, however, he said the US is trying to cover up its failure by stealing Syrian oil and Syrian grain.

By attempting to bring down the government of Syria, the US ultimately planned to militarily attack Iran and overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran, he said.

Today, he added, “the Syrian government still holds its ground and even US allies have realized that they cannot overthrow the government in Syria and they have to deal with it.”

The United States and its allies invaded Syria in 2014 under the pretext of fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. The terrorist outfit had emerged as Washington was running out of excuses to extend its regional meddling or enlarge it in scale.

The US retains the presence, although, Syria and its allies defeated Daesh in late 2017.

Throughout the past several years, the US military has stationed its forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of the Daesh terrorists.

Damascus, however, maintains that the deployment is meant to plunder the Arab country’s natural resources.

Confronting American hegemony

“It is important to keep in mind that when there is a sound policy to confront American hegemony, it can be defeated, it can be brought to its knees,” Bangash said.

Due to the US obsession with wars, he said, they, unfortunately, do not give up their mischief-making until the US economy is brought to its knees, and then they will actually get back into their own territory and stop interfering and disrupting the lives of other people.

Shadjareh, for his part, also said that when “people wake up” the US will face the real danger and this is why it attempts to silence media outlets like Press TV and “demonize anyone who is speaking the truth.”

“We need to recognize that the only way forward is for us to actually speak louder and clearer and make sure that people in Europe and elsewhere understand the real policy of death and destruction,” he concluded.

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