Sharon's regional agenda
By Khalid Amayreh
It is amply clear by now that Ariel Sharon remains faithful to his old virulent views about the Palestinian question, the ultimate root- cause of instability and insecurity in the Middle East.

Needless to say, these views are manifestly racist and unmistakably pugnacious, and can be compared, with little exaggeration, with Hitler's approach toward Jews.

Indeed,  Sharon's  behavior since he was elected Prime Minister of Israel on 6 February indicates that he is  not the "changed man"  Zionist propagandists and apologists have claimed he has become.

Far from being a rehabilitated man, Sharon actually seems intent on pursuing a policy of saber-rattling, bellicosity and venomous incitement all over the region, all for the purpose of making the Zionist state both the police and master of the Middle East.

We all saw recently how the "hero" of the Sabra and Shatilla massacres ordered his occupation army to impose a hermetic siege on Palestinian population centers,  effectively reducing  the West Bank into as many as 45 crowded enclosures which some human rights organizations described as "concentration camps minus the gas chambers."

That siege, the sheer barbarity of which transcends reality, is still intact, and its nefarious psychological and other impacts on men, women and children are endured  round-the-clock.

The Palestinians are still  the main target of Sharon's venom, but other countries and peoples in the region are also on his agenda.

These  include  Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, and also  Jordan, which the certified war criminal still  views as the "ultimate Palestinian homeland," in addition to Syria, Iraq and Iran.

According to press reports, Sharon spent the bulk of his maiden visit to the Washington D.C. as Prime Minister in fanning the flames of hatred and incitement against the Arab states and Iran.

He reportedly urged the US to scale down arms supplies to Egypt, arguing that the most populous Arab country shouldn't be allowed to achieve even a distant military parity with the Zionist regime.

Moreover,  Sharon had the audacity to complain that Egyptian President Husni Mubarak  was not doing what  the Zionist premier  said he  should be doing, namely  hectoring and cajoling  Yasser Arafat to surrender to Israel by accepting her "generous" offer in the West Bank.

Sharon's anti-Egyptian remarks ought to be taken very seriously as they are indicative of his intention to see Israel achieve unchallenged military and strategic supremacy in the region.

His ominous intentions to that effect were  further accentuated by his repeated insinuations about  Iran's alleged endeavors to acquire "weapons of mass destruction," as if only the Zionist regime has that right.

Of course, he didn't utter a single word about Israel's huge arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, which, he would have us believe, is for peaceful purposes!!

In short, Sharon is trying rabidly and frantically to use the American sword to subjugate and subdue  Arab and Muslim peoples in the Middle East in order to enable Israel to impose its hegemony all over the region. In this, he is imitating the Biblical figure Esther who incited the king of Persia to kill the enemies of the Jews in his kingdom.

In light, it is imperative that the principal Arab  and Islamic states in the region make it abundantly clear to this impetuous war criminal that his threats would definitely boomerang on him.

More to the point, Arab states, especially in the Gulf region, should seriously demonstrate to the United States that her relations and interests in the region would suffer irreparably if the US continued to back Zionist aggression and bellicosity.

More importantly, the rise of Sharon to power in the Zionist regime and the growing drift among Zionists toward  religious and fascist extremism should serve as an appropriate occasion for contemplating some form of strategic cooperation between the Arab states and Iran.

Indeed, this cooperation is becoming a pressing necessity as never before.

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