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U.S. Middle East Policy against Islamic Moderates

In the conclusion of their article titled “Saudi Arabia Backgrounder: Who Are the Islamists?” the International Crisis Group argues that the threat of Islamic extremists toppling the Saudi regime has “…been widely overblown…” by Western nations such as the United States. In addition, they go on to argue: “Another potential recruitment source [for jihadists] will be returnees from the struggle against the U.S. in Iraq…” a situation which mimics the Afghan War against the Soviet Union after which jihadists returned to Saudi Arabia  with a new “…highly militaristic, violent worldview…” The article then goes to on to cite centrist groups as being the only feasible alternative to the rise of Islamic extremist ideology, underlining the true concern associated with the severe restraint and thus decline such groups have experienced due to U.S. policy to establish what Secretary Rice calls a “‘new Middle East.’” This New York Times article outlines the various U.S. initiatives that have proved troubling for moderates throughout the region[1]. U.S. support for Israel in its battle with Hezbollah has drawn attention to what some Muslims view as “inconsistencies” in U.S. policy which lead the nation to only defend its interests with no regard for morality, making any views that could be cited as “western” difficult to defend. U.S. support of repressive governments who happen to be allies have stunted attempts for true democratic reform.  The Iraq War has fueled anti-U.S. sentiment and distracted Iraq’s neighbors from important internal progress on such issues as women’s rights. Finally, new anti-terrorism laws initiated on behalf of already repressive regimes acting as allies of the U.S. in the “War on Terror,” are cited as having limited the free speech of moderate groups throughout the region.  
            The article states that “[t]he very people whom the United States wanted to encourage to promote democracy from Bahrain to Casablanca instead feel trapped…” and argues the U.S. is “‘destroying  the region in order to save it.’” All of this evidence leads one to a possible conclusion that often proves to be controversial in political circles within the U.S.: perhaps the “War on Terror” is a failed policy. Seven years after its initiation, the strategy of zero-tolerance for extremists has only proved to be used as a convenient political tool by dictators and despots fearful of losing power. If the U.S. is taking actions that are facilitating recruitment efforts for groups such as al-Qaeda and favoring authoritarian regimes over more liberal ones, then it is indeed losing the philosophical battle that will determine the orientation of generations to come. Thus, a strong reevaluation of Middle East policy is in order.

 

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  1. 9/11 Commission می‌گوید:

    Nothing good ever comes of violence.MartinLutherMartin Luther

  2. Congress Check می‌گوید:

    This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd, because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.DouglasAdamsDouglas Adams

  3. US Economics می‌گوید:

    We dream of the day when no one knows who’s President, because no one bothered to vote.JohnCageJohn Cage, M, Writings 1967 – 1972

  4. Pakistani ISI می‌گوید:

    Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.AlbertEinsteinAlbert Einstein

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