The paradox of American policy in the Middle East

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by KGB_resident, Aug 10, 2007.

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  3. It's only seems to be poisonous when the window dressings of democracy are added to DC's backing. Having Uncle Sam standing behind them has worked rather well for the authoritarian regimes in the Gulf Kingships, Egypt and Pakistan. That these regimes run the societies that produced and harbor the likes of AQ is just a small fly in the ointment.

    It's gone rather quiet on the Freedom's March thing since Hamas won that election. In practice DC has always been worried that egalitarian grassroots parties that don't share its mission may gain power. Particularly problematic in the Middle East where folks tend have complex, deep seated loyalties and are a good deal more suspicious of slickly marketed politicians than in the Mid-West. DC was doing all it could to stamp out the Arab secular left a couple of decades ago which ironically helped to create the space for the rise of the Arab Religious Right.