Under the banner of “counter-terrorism”, the United States has been exporting instability and plundering foreign resources for 21 years


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Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Amid the mourning of the victims, it is evident that much of the world over the past two decades has been affected by the US government’s wars of revenge on terrorism, even as the global situation has only grown more complicated. and chaotic.

For the past 21 years, the United States, under the banner of “counterterrorism”, has waged wars abroad and caused enormous suffering to people in other countries. However, not only has the United States failed to export its “democratic system” to the countries of the Middle East or to eradicate terrorism, but at home it has been confronted with the rise of extremism in the political and social spheres.

This is ironic, given the tendency of the United States to unnecessarily engage in military aggression and seek hegemony.

The September 11 attacks opened the curtain of the so-called “global war on terrorism” of the United States. In the name of its security, Washington has burned the land of other countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

By “fighting terrorism” abroad, the US government has also forcefully promoted American-style democracy, only causing greater unrest and a human rights crisis in those countries.

On the other hand, wherever the US military goes, it looks for opportunities to gain material benefits like control over local resources.

The United States has recently stepped up its efforts to steal oil from Syria, and over the years Washington has toppled several governments in the region that resisted its hegemony.

The United States’ War on Terror has been a complete failure – it has failed to make the American people feel more secure. A US joint intelligence bulletin has warned that foreign militant groups could exploit the 21st anniversary of 9/11, a year after the US military withdrew from Afghanistan, to inspire local violent extremists, according to Newsweek.

Domestically, a 2021 report found that 20 years of post-9/11 wars cost the United States around $8 trillion. Instead of spending the sum to improve infrastructure and people’s livelihoods, solve national problems and achieve social solidarity, such large sums have been used to destabilize the world. It has shaken the faith of many Americans in their country and has contributed to the social division and political polarization of recent years in the United States.

In this context, issues such as ethnic conflict and armed violence have become more prominent. Worse still, some domestic extremist forces have gradually gained influence. Take the Capitol bombings of January 6, 2021: extreme partisanship is tearing the United States apart and hurting the American people.

When the United States launched the so-called War on Terror in the Middle East, it also engaged in strategic geopolitical competition with other powers in the region. The United States’ war on terrorism is not really about countering terrorism, but about maintaining American hegemony both in the Middle East and in the rest of the world. Instead of reflecting on the root cause of the terrorist attacks, in which the pursuit of hegemony by the United States played a major role, American politicians escalated their hegemonic practices, leading to negative feelings on a global scale towards the United States, particularly in the Middle East. East.

The theft of Syrian oil by the United States is another example of how the United States uses all means to profit from its operations in the Middle East. In fact, plundering other countries’ energy is the real goal of the United States. The theft of oil from Syria by the United States made clear the true purpose of US foreign military intervention – for economic gain. The United States presents itself as a kind of “world police”, is the source of much of the world’s troubles and suffering. Due to the involvement of the United States in various parts of the world, humanitarian disasters have occurred in different regions and many refugees are still wandering to find a home.

One can conclude that America’s decision-making elites are not interested in the welfare of the American people or other countries, and they are certainly not interested in promoting genuine democracy to eradicate the roots of the terrorism. What they really care about is plundering the world’s resources under whatever name they choose, be it “democracy”, “freedom” or “counter-terrorism”.

The author is a journalist at the Global Times. opinion@globaltimes.com.cn


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