The United States has a pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations, while ignoring the consequences. One major result from the list of countries the U.S. has invaded this century is that they make up the top of the “least peaceful” nations in the 2017 Global Peace Index.
The poorest country in the Middle East is ranked as the fifth least peaceful nation in the world in 2017. Yemen began facing the full wrath of Saudi Arabia—armed with weapons from the U.S.—in 2015, and the crushing results have been largely ignored by the media.
The motive: The on-going conflict in Yemen is a result of a proxy war between two rivaling superpowers in the Middle East—Iran and Saudi Arabia. Instead of fighting directly, the countries have learned a lesson from the U.S., and are fighting for dominant control of other nations.
The result: After just two years, the death toll from the conflict surpassed 10,000 in January with over 40,000 wounded. The harsh conditions have also left over 2.2 million malnourished and 7 million people “not knowing where their next meal will come from and in desperate need of food assistance.”
The fourth country on the list is one that is often overlooked on the examples of countries the U.S. has attempted to “nation build” over the years. The U.S. pushed for South Sudan to secede from Sudan in 2011, and supported the effort with both military power and economic sanctions.
The motive: Sudan has the largest oil reserves in all of Africa, and 75 percent of that oil is located in South Sudan. The U.S. reportedly interfered to keep China from having access to the oil, after it signed contracts with the original Sudanese government.
The result: The South Sudanese people weren’t as eager to take “Democracy and Freedom” as the U.S. was to give it, and multiple conflicts broke out in the young nation. In late 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, declared that she planned to “introduce a resolution in the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan; and, to place travel restrictions and freeze the assets of certain persons deemed responsible for the grisly violence convulsing the new nation.”
The third “least peaceful” nation in the world has been the cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy failures, handed from one administration to the next, since the U.S. officially invaded Iraq in 2003.
The motive: While the U.S. government worked with the mainstream media to sell the lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, the reality is that the plan to invade Iraq was reportedly a goal of the Project for the New American Century since 1998. As soon as Iraq dropped the U.S. Dollar in 2000, it became a prime candidate for the U.S. “democracy” that would unleash itself on other nations that would make the same mistake in years to come.
The result: The death toll from the first decade of the U.S. invasion in Iraq reached 500,000 in 2013. The region is clearly no less safe now than it was in 2003, and the ongoing conflict between multiple factions has created the perfect breeding ground for radical groups like ISIS to grow and flourish.
The second most dangerous nation on the list has felt the wrath of freedom from the U.S. since 2001. While President Obama claimed to put an “end” to the war in 2014, U.S. presence in the nation has been ongoing, and the Trump Administration is considering increasing U.S. troop presence by several thousand.
The motive: The U.S. paired Iraq with Afghanistan on its list of countries that should take the blame for 9/11 (while blatantly ignoring Saudi Arabia), and because of the Taliban’s presence, the U.S. insisted that the entire country should be invaded, in order to track down Osama bin Laden. In reality, Afghanistan was just another trophy in the Bush Administration’s “War on Terrorism.”
The result: The death toll has reached nearly 100,000, U.S. troop presence is set to skyrocket, opium production has increased drastically, and there are reports of a new extremist group trained and equipped by the CIA that is killing innocent civilians near the Pakistani border.
The United States has worked overtime in its attempts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad over the last six years, and while it hasn’t worked out as planned, it has created a new “boogeyman” terrorist group.
The motive: Assad made the fatal mistake of dropping the U.S. Dollar in 2006, which just happens to be the same year the U.S.—along with allies Israel and Saudi Arabia—began discussing plans to overthrow the Syrian president, according to released documents from WikiLeaks.
The result: The U.S. pushed for supporting factions of what it called “moderate Syrian rebels,” despite warnings against it. Programs such as “Syria Train & Equip” failed miserably, and as a result, the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria group emerged more terrifying, and more well trained and equipped, than ever.
The 2017 Global Peace Index is another reminder that the United States’ seemingly endless pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations that have done nothing to the U.S. has indeed resulted in a significant amount of blowback—most of which will be misrepresented, if not ignored by the mainstream media.