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US-Israel relationship terminal
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The US appears to be weakening its support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine as it tries to adjust its policy to manage and fit into a changed Middle East.

Political expert Agha Murtaza Pooya, who formerly served as chairman of the Pakistan Strategic Studies Institute, maintains that Washington's past Mideast policy has, overall, failed.

In an interview with Press TV, Pooya discusses US strategy in the Middle East, and the reasons for its mistakes and ultimate failure -- a failure, which he thinks has dictated a radical departure from former policy. The following is a transcript of that interview:

Press TV: After almost a decade of war why hasn't the US been able to stop the spread of violence in Afghanistan?

Agha Murtaza Pooya: What were the US objectives stated and unstated? As far as I'm concerned, every move the US has been making in this region in the past 32 years is how to contain Islamic sentiments, Islamic revolution, which started in Iran, and how to protect the Zionist entity that occupies Palestine.

Three issues are deeply inter-linked: Palestine, Afghanistan, and Kashmir. You can't solve one without solving the other. The US invaded Afghanistan ten years ago, but in 1979, they gave a green light for the Soviets to invade Afghanistan because they wanted to put pressure on Islamic Iran and they, themselves, had planned a war against Islamic Iran via Saddam.

The issues continue and they are trying to find a time frame for the Zionist entity's occupation of Palestine.

So, in the past 30 years, what we have seen is (that) every stated US objective has been defeated. And Islamic Iran has emerged tremendously stronger. All her so-called enemies -- the proxies that were playing on behalf of the US -- are completely weakened recently. We have seen the exit of Saddam; we are going to see the exit of the Taliban; we are seeing the exit of the Saudis; regime changes or how it was managed -- I personally am not very hopeful at the moment, but there's been some transition management the US is trying to do.

But the biggest success, which the Islamic revolutionary forces have built, guiding the others, is the success that they've had in Lebanon and in Syria where Hezbollah emerged as a great source of strength to the containment of the Zionist entity and the steadfastness being demonstrated by Syria.

So these are all connected events, but what is really happening behind the scenes is that the US has decided to quit the entire region.

Press TV: To quit the region?

Agha Murtaza Pooya: To quit the region is a strategic decision they've taken. And all this talk about them leaving Afghanistan in 2014 is all hogwash.

Press TV: Could you expand on that?

Agha Murtaza Pooya: The US has been committing a lot of crimes against humanity. First, when they were pretending to fight communism; and now when they are pretending to fight Khomeini-ism. US policy has been very criminal; the track they follow is to demonize, destroy and then develop.

The most important strategic decision that the US has taken is that they will allow the Zionist entity occupying Palestine to collapse -- they will not protect it anymore. They will not fire a shot for it.

Press TV:Why do you say that?

Agha Murtaza Pooya: Because it's terminal. As you mentioned yourself the US economy is in tatters. And any other expanding adventure cannot sustain it -- that's number one. Number two is Iran that was the bogey man that they have been building and creating for their friends and so-called allies, and the behavioral pattern of Iran in keeping to all the of international law has really outfoxed them.

And they know that if by any stretch of madness that Iran is attacked that this whole region will collapse; it will be burnt like a chandelier -- its' so fragile.

So the US has come to this strategic decision. There were people thinking long before that protecting the Zionist entity is absolutely futile.

Press TV: At this time, we are looking at US involvement in Libya and possibly now in Syria. How do you explain this?

Agha Murtaza Pooya: In Libya, they allowed sleazy Sarkozy to take the lead (The US stepped back). In Syria, however, they are very keen to make regime change; I think the whole objective of ushering in the Arab rebellion is to make a regime change in Syria; the rest can wait.

Syria gives a tremendous source of strength to the anti-Zionist sentiments in this region, so they would like a change there, but I think Syria by a mixture of diplomacy will be able to contain the problem.

Now we come to Bahrain where the Saudis came and invaded -- a thing they have never done so far. The Saudis have played a very negative role against regional and Muslim interests and they have been involved in crimes on behalf of the US. They were involved in Algeria where thousands were killed -- some 30,000 were killed after the elections. They were destroyed by the Salafists.

In Afghanistan, it is the Saudis that are destroying Afghanistan on behalf of the US. So this is a futile exercise (for the US) and they are going to come to terms with the Islamic ethos in the region. This is a strategic decision they've taken. Encouraging Mubarak to be thrown out -- there are dynamics, which they are finding a little difficult to contain although they have managed it so far pretty well; but ultimately, I think, the situation will get out of their hand and that is a very important thing, it gives tremendous strength (to the region).

The fact of Fatah and Hamas getting together I think is a death knell for them all. The movement of how things are proceeding is acting against US interests and Zionist interests. And the biggest bear they are trying to catch in the region -- their henchman in the region -- is India.

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