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March 22, 2011

The Arab hypocrisy on Libya

Topics: Africa, International News, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

As Mark Steyn suggests over at The Corner, an editorial from Lebano's Daily Star perfectly describes this "unlovely region" in a nutshell :

[...] The Arab League and the GCC voted their clear support for imposing a no-fly zone over Libya; correctly, they sought U.N. Security Council blessing for the mission. However, when it came time to scramble the aircraft and commence the operation, the Arab nations were reduced to their traditional posture of immobility as the U.S., U.K. and France coordinated and carried out the implementation of Resolution 1973.

To be sure, Qatar is contributing a whopping four jets to the effort ... the planes, though, have yet to join in with the mission, which late Monday appeared mostly finished, at least as far as securing the no-fly zone and halting Gadhafi's violence against Libya's citizenry. The UAE, meanwhile, also pledged material support, but the country's foreign minister has yet to let the world know just what one oil-rich Arab nation will do for the benefit of another one.

The Arab embarrassment in the matter, however, does not end with mere inaction. The Western warplanes had barely landed after their first sorties when Arab League chief Amr Moussa began criticizing the strikes. Moussa, of course, was not alone. Arab disunity hardly counts as news; the hypocrisy of the backtracking was the truly nauseating part.

[...] The Arab world bleats incessantly about U.S. and Western colonialism and imperialism; but when Arab leaders needed help in an emergency, they went begging to the West. Once the help came, many reverted to accepting the unproven view of a bloodthirsty mass murderer -- Gadhafi -- that civilians were killed.

Just like Stein goes on to note ... it's a region of passivity and dependency oscillating with duplicity and victimhood. If you're a western power and you're not intervening in the Middle East in hard-headed, coolly-calculated, strategic support of your national interest, you'll only fail -- and, however it goes, you'll be blamed for it.

Clearly, the Obama administration (and a few conservatives as well) have failed to learn from the past. It is indeed a "region of passivity and dependency oscillating with duplicity and victimhood" ... inherent in both its culture and its dominant religion ... and unlikely to change in the near or distant future.

Posted by Richard at March 22, 2011 8:00 AM

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