American Imperialism in the Middle East
Just a few years ago to use the word imperialism to describe the U.S. would have automatically branded you as a member of the fringe left. Now the term is openly embraced. The New York Times Magazine lead said it all: “American Imperialism: Get Used to It.” The pundits assure us, we’re different from previous empires. We’re smarter. We’ll do things better. After all, we’re Americans. The U.S. has occupation armies in Afghanistan and Iraq. A string of bases and garrisons ring the Middle East. The price of empire comes high. There is the cost in lives, treasure and moral degradation.
Richard Falk is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton. He is the recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize. He served as special rapporteur for the United Nations from 2008-2014 on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. He is the author of numerous books including The Great Terror War, Unlocking the Middle East, Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope and Chaos and Counterrevolution: After The Arab Spring.