Saturday, 31 August 2013
The dispatch of the USS Mahan to the Eastern Mediterranean, in preparation for a punitive campaign against the Nazi regime in Syria, is a symbolic act steeped in classic strategic meaning and sea power know-how that transcends the most immediate imperialist objectives of the American and European elites by recruiting their military strength in the service of the revolution.
Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan, that American 'Clausewitz of the Seas', reminds us in his 'The Influence of Sea Power Upon History', of the dialectical intricacies and objectives of a 'Turgot doctrine' that advocated the maintenance of revolutionary conflict in benefit of France and injury of Great Britain, during the American War of Independence and Revolution. It is a version of this 'Turgot doctrine', wisely applied by Russia and China in Afghanistan against NATO, that confronts America and France, those revolutionary allies of old, in Syria today.
Battered and exhausted by her loses in the seas of sand of Iraq and Afghanistan, Britain has deserted the battlefield in a strange twist reminiscent of her American past, demonstrating in the process the accuracy and wisdom of the predictions of Turgot's strategy, 'two' hundred years later.
In a revival of their old alliance and strategy, America and France are about to create, if they maintain their nerve, a giant 'meat grinder' in the Middle East, a 'processor' in which the energies, resources and men of the tyrannical, oligarchic, imperialist and theological regimes and groups of the area and beyond, will be systematically reduced, creating, like in the past, the necessary conditions for the promotion and advancement of real revolutionary options... not only in Syria.