It’s an intrigue befitting the machinations of classical colonialism in past centuries,
such as the Sykes-Picot carve-up of the Middle Eastern Levant territories,
or the betrayal of the Arabs after World War I,
or the theft of Mesopotamia’s oil by British capitalists.
Only this time,
it is Arabs who are helping the neocolonial powers
to deceive and subjugate other Arabs.
Enter the Arab League.
Over the past year,
the 22-member organization has emerged as a useful deceptive cover for Western powers
as they seek to redraw the political contours of the Arab World,
for their own strategic interests.
The momentous popular upheavals that began in early 2011 across the Arab World
have in many ways been co-opted or manipulated by Western imperialist powers
to minimize democratic gains and to refashion the political map to their continuing advantage.
A feat of achievement considering that these same powers
have for decades
supported the repressive regimes
that have inflicted so much misery and suffering.