Shock News: Arab League as Ineffective In Syria As It Is Everywhere Else
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  • WigWag

    How could it be otherwise? A significant majority of Arabs lived under the Ottoman Turks for hundreds of years. The civilizing influence of the British Empire lasted in the Middle East for less than 50 years. Is it any wonder that the Arab world is a mess with no light at the end of the tunnel yet in sight?

    As Egypt morphs into Somalia on the Nile, as Syria implodes, as Iraq inches towards civil war, as sectarian conflict continues to plague Lebanon, is there any hope for the people of these nations?

    What would Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states be like but for their oil wealth? Isn’t Newt Gingrich fundamentally correct? Wasn’t Palestinian nationalism invented by the Arab world in the 1960s specifically for the purpose of confronting Israel and the Jews?

    Great swaths of the Muslim world are afflicted with serious pathologies; increasingly this includes “moderate” Islamic nations like Turkey, Malaysia and even Indonesia. While the Muslim world is ill, the Arab world is in critical condition. Is Obama so clueless that he really believes the solution is to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood?

    The Brotherhood’s credo is,

    “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”

    What is it about faux-progressives in the United States and Europe that motivates them to view classically liberal political parties like the “True Finns”, “Swedish Democrats,” MSI (Italy) and PVV (Netherlands) as beyond the pale while at the same time championing the Muslim Brotherhood? How is it that credulous morons like Nick Kristof are happy to write columns extolling the liberality of the Muslim Brotherhood while at the same time condemning Geert Wilders as a racist?

    Unfortunately, when it comes to his policies on the Middle East, President Obama seems to be as much of a credulous moron as many of the columnists who write for the New York Times. This virtually ensures that American policy towards Egypt, Syria and the rest of the Middle East will continue to be a muddled mess until Obama leaves office.

    As far as a war criminal who helped perpetrate the genocide in Darfur leading the Arab observer group in Syria, what else should we expect?

    Besides, according to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan the Darfur Genocide, like the Armenian Genocide is a myth. Erdogan has explained very clearly that “it is impossible for Muslims to commit genocide.”

  • Willis

    “It lacks the standing, the skills, the resources and the leadership to play the kind of role Syria needs.”

    Not to mention the morals, ethics, integrity, and legitimacy of standing.

  • boqueronman

    Perhaps I’m just dense, but isn’t it conceivable that Mr. al-Dabi was named to his post to do exactly what he is doing, i.e. ignoring or excusing whatever, in Western culture, would be termed “human rights abuses” in Syria? WRM seems to assume to his appointment was some kind of tragic mistake, or, better yet, “bizarre turn of events.” Maybe. Anything’s possible.

    It seems more realistic, however, to conclude that if “Arab governments change,” there will come about a change in the Arab region’s to human rights issues is to breathe deeply of hopium. An honest re-evaluation in the Arab people’s appreciation of their religion, history and culture, to say nothing of their politics, is very much a part of the required changes.

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