A year later, Mid-East looks no better

What a difference a year makes, or not. Last year around August 15th we were watching churches across Egypt being burned. We saw the persecution not only from terrorist groups but from the whole Muslim Brotherhood network.

Flash forward a year. Almost the entire Christian population was ousted in Iraq, killed in genocidal persecution, or uprooted and driven from their homes and communities. Much the same in Syria. So yea, a year later and it has gotten worse for Christians. In two days alone, last year, over fifty Christian locations were attacked or burned supposedly under the banner of democracy.

Ah yes, remember that canard about the Arab Spring wanting to usher in Democracy? As the smoke cleared, literally, what was clear was that they were bringing in the Muslim Brotherhood, not for the purpose of Democracy. Yet it was the administration, along with Clapper and Brennan, who were cheerleaders for the movement. Then, they mocked those who saw it otherwise — as the rise of another authoritarian regime.

Remember that “Democracy”? They could have done without our support and cheerleading. Social networks were abuzz about the significance. They wanted it to be so. But at the same time they could not support a real uprising in Iran where it mattered.

But what it actually would prove is something else more dire and truthful. The dictators like Mubarak and Assad were correct all along when warning that their regime was all that stood between them and the radicals and terrorism. Take your pick from a basket of evils. That their power was all that stood in the way of ruthless Islam, in all its tentacles, and terrorism. We refused to accept that from Egypt to Libya.

What it really proved?

That the people there can’t handle it, or are not willing to strive for it. And probably didn’t even want it. The dictocrats were right, and it was not merely a ruse to keep them in power. They understood it. Of course they had their self-serving motives too, but the reality was clear and they had a point. They knew better than us.

The Arab, Islamic world is not ready for that and cannot handle it. No sooner was power overthrown, than a new Islamic evil stepped in to fill the void. (almost as if planned) We had been told for years what would replace their dictatorships. But we went into starry-eyed denial at those possibilities. We didn’t understand. Then we underestimated the organizational abilities of the Islamic network.

Iraq was under a dictatorship for years. They did not know or remember anything else. Liberals saw no problem with that structure. They criticized the very idea of throwing out Saddam. Better the evil you know. They were not willing to even give it a chance. They still to this day rail against it.

However, they saw the Arab spring just the opposite as something we should support unconditionally. They demonized those dictators, postulating they deserved to be ousted on their keisters. They had said “so what?” about Sadaam. This even with the Libyan adventure fresh in the rear view mirror. Despite all the signs, we believed just like Obama’s campaign slogan. And not only was it not meant to be, but it was meant to be something else entirely.

We were warned. It was the insurance policy of ruthless dictators that removing them would set about terrible things. They were right. After all, in the rosy-eyed Democratists’ eyes, the Arab Spring was the cure – not the disease. Now we see the truth, as inconvenient as it is. Mid East Arabs are not ready for prime-time Democracy. Maybe it is an acquired taste , and maybe it is something you have to work for rather than something that just happens in the absence of centralized power. Lesson learned. But not all of us do accept the truth in the lesson. Ideologues will not be moved.

Sure, Egypt has shaken off the bug and gone into remission. But nothing can undo the events of the last year. What a lesson it should have been for the western world. And the Arab Spring equaled Christian catastrophe. You cannot impose democracy, then hope for the best. It must come from within, from ideas to concept. Some will say it was working just fine, even in Egypt, even as the churches burned. I just know there is a metaphor somewhere between the events and those burning churches — when churches burn it can’t be good.

Then again, we could have learned much the same lesson with Yasser Arafat. It has gotten even worse since. It is the terrorism state. The only issue is how much credibility and influence the world bestows on it — and it on the world.

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Putin’s world

 

The Long, Withdrawing Roar

Column: It’s Putin’s world now. America is just living in it.

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September 13, 2013 4:59 am

“The Sea of Faith / Was once, too, at the full,” Matthew Arnold wrote in “Dover Beach“ (1867), “… But now I only hear / its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar / Retreating, to the breath / Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear / And naked shingles of the world.”
The roar Arnold had in mind was the sound of Christianity’s withdrawal from Western Europe. But his words describe equally well what is happening in the Greater Middle East. President Obama put it this way during his speech to the nation Tuesday evening: “For nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security,” including in this geographically central, resource-rich, and conflict-ridden region. But now we are weary of the burden. “A veteran put it more bluntly,” the president said. “‘This nation is sick and tired of war.’”
America has left Iraq. America is leaving Afghanistan. America was so reluctant to participate in the NATO war that toppled Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, and so passive and hesitant in playing a role in Libyan reconstruction, development, and security, that our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in an assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound a year ago. The chief suspects in that attack remain at large. For over two years, America has watched confusedly as Egypt whipsaws between Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood, and General Sisi.
And for over two years America has done its best not to become involved in the Syrian Civil War. Even now, as President Obama says America must act in response to Bashar al-Assad’s latest use of chemical weapons, he also says there will be no boots on the ground, while his secretary of State describes any attack as “unbelievably small” and an unnamed official says that after a strike Assad “will still be able to eat Cheerios.” To delay the use of American force, to forestall America’s reentry into the region, President Obama stunned the world in asking for a congressional authorization no one expects him to win, and by embracing a farcical Russian proposal to secure Syrian WMD that no one expects to work.
What happens when the sea recedes? The shoreline is exposed. Sand crabs and sea gulls and seaweed appear on the beach: Iranians and Saudis, Russians and Taliban. They come to fill the void left by the vacating American tide. The lower the tide becomes, the more daring the actions of the creatures liberated by its wake.
For several years now Americans have been comfortable in the delusion that the benefits, such as they are, of a global economy and of a world where war is a rarity can be enjoyed without cost. We can look inward, slash defense spending, gut the Navy, pull out from theaters of combat and from strategic bases, ignore the political character of Islamism, and otherwise pretend that at heart all human beings share the same feelings and want the same things, and life will go on as usual. And perhaps life will go on as usual, for most people, in most places in the country. After all: America is huge, protected by two oceans, and at peace with its neighbors.
But inevitably there will come a time when a lack of maintenance causes the international structure that America has built over decades to fall apart; when inwardness and self-preoccupation and “nation building here at home” exacts a cost of its own; when the flotsam and jetsam left behind by the receding tide, the sand crabs and seagulls and seaweed, begin to take over the shore. That time may have begun this week.
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Pretty good description but I would instinctively suggest it began before this week. In the last 15-20 years it is hard to say exactly where it began, and/or accelerated. I remember a pillar engrained in Bush’s first campaign against nation building, and meddling foreign entanglements. I do think, at the time, he was being sincere.