Washington's Hidden Agenda
U.S. foreign policy is not geared towards curbing the tide of Islamic fundamentalism. Infact, it is quite the opposite. The significant development of "radical Islam", in the wakeof the Cold War in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East is consistent withWashington's hidden agenda. The latter consists in sustaining rather than combatinginternational terrorism, with a view to destabilizing national societies and preventing thearticulation of genuine secular social movements directed against the American Empire.Washington continues to support - through CIA covert operations - the development of Islamic fundamentalism, throughout the Middle East, in the former Soviet Union as wellin China and India.Throughout the developing world, the growth of sectarian, fundamentalist and other suchorganizations tends to serve U.S. interests.
These various organizations and armedinsurgents have been developed, particularly in countries where state institutions havecollapsed under the brunt of the IMF-sponsored economic reforms.These fundamentalist organizations contribute by destroying and displacing secularinstitutions. Islamic fundamentalism creates social and ethnic divisions. It undermines thecapacity of people to organize against the American Empire. These organizations ormovements, such as the Taliban, often foment "opposition to Uncle Sam" in a way whichdoes not constitute any real threat to America's broader geopolitical and economicinterests.