Saturday, 21st November 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Many on the left refuse to believe that Anglo-American foreign policy towards the Middle East is guided by anything other than oil. While ‘keeping the lights on’ is doubtless one aim of policy, as a whole it must be more of an emulsion: an emulsion in which the sought-after oil is dispersed amongst other versions of self-interest.

It is the nature of the emulsifying agent that stabilises this substance that’s the real enigma. It comprises the real-time interplay between tactics and strategy, consequences seen and unforeseen, the dialogues between action and reaction, intervention and isolation, and the unremitting opposition of events.