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Middle East no longer betting on America’s horse

“America’s horse” is the Arab leader who is backed by the United States and given a license to rule however he deems appropriate, as long as he doesn’t threaten Israel’s security or other American interests in the region. In return, he is allowed to abuse human rights and deny his people economic and political rights. With America’s sanction, and under the banner of fighting Islamic fundamentalism, he can crush any opposition that arises.

The United States and Western countries must reconsider their approach toward the regimes of the Middle East. It will no longer suffice for America’s horse to use the banner of moderation and Western values, and the need to fight Islamists, to crush all opposition. After all, everyone in the Arab world knows that this is not how America chooses its leaders and treats its political opposition.

This is a crucial moment for the United States, which needs to think long and hard about its interests in the region, through the prism of the needs and wants of the Arab masses, not by gambling and hedging bets on this American horse or that one. The more time it and Israel waste by not supporting the young Arab voices calling for political reform, the less likely they will be to find an ally in these revolutionaries once they take over their own destiny.

The lesson to be learned is that America’s horse can’t win the race.

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One Response to “Middle East no longer betting on America’s horse”

  1. […] The Obama administration may well finally and irrevocably deplete its credibility in the region. […]

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