Monday, May 09, 2011

US Policy Still Misreads the Middle East

By Lawrence Davidson
May 9, 2011

Last week, I was in Egypt, a country presently moved by an optimism that reflects a high state of political consciousness.

Read on.

1 comment:

Peter Loeb said...


Until the US, Israel and other
"western" powers come to grips with
recognizing and negotiating with
the large Muslim "majorities"
in the Middle East, it will make
"getting it" an impossibility,
precluded by policy.

Our attitudes are defined by "words" we are fed.

It must be recognized that the
Muslim factions will not function
smoothly in all cases. It must
also be accepted that they will
not always agree with us or with
other "minorities".

It must also be recognized that
the US, Israel and others are the
terrorists, the terror-states.

Muslim political parties have been
banned, tortured for decades.

There is no suggestion that Muslims
are always and inexorably "right".
Neither are "copts". Neither are
the apartheid, theocratic Israelis.

Central in the efforts of the US
is that a government without major
input (control not just "advice")
is not a primary factor is no
solution or resolution at all.

Rantings about killings, violence a bit suspect to say the least. There seems little attention to attacks,slaughters, oppression by imperial forces in Muslim lands.

For my part, I will feel much relieved when Muslim factors have
shouldered their responsibilites in governance. This may be a "new"
experience for copts. If so they
must adjust to it.

As an example, note the develop-
ment of HAMAS after their election
in GAZA in 2006. They have
consistently impressed with their leadership and statesmanship.

And this has been despite the most
horrendous opposition by the US
& Israel (eg "Operation Cast Lead",seiges,blockades, occupations, and much more, all
actions which the US refuses to
acknowledge as in the veto of
the proposal in the UN Security
Council of February 18, 2011---
supported by every OTHER Council

We must find ways to define and
redefine the many situations as
these are developed in Mid-Eastern