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With the ‘War On Terrorism’, the United States’ aim was the political destruction of the Arab or Islamic Middle East – from Egypt to Iran and beyond – starting with the dismemberment of Iraq. This was to be achieved militarily, not only through direct operations conducted by the United States and/or its partners, but also by provoking disastrous religious and/or ethnic wars among and inside the countries of the region. A second hypothesis, not in contrast with the first, is that the United States is taking up position in the same zone, especially north and north-east of the Gulf, with a view to a future confrontation with China, and that a ‘front line’ already passes through Iran and the former-Soviet central Asia. In the western world a new apparatus of political, ethical, legal, strategic and other concepts is being elaborated which, together with suitable linguistic and propagandistic instruments and political control techniques, will provide a political doctrine for the management of the new global war. Today, however, the Americans are struggling to cope with, at once, the commitment in Iraq and a domestic emergency: that is, a situation of ‘half war and half natural disaster’. Maybe the Neocons ought to review their dreams of dominion.