Across the Bay

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Arab Reform vs. Stability

Joshua Stacher wrote this commentary on Arab reform for The Daily Star.

He highlights the vague and farcical initiatives by Arab regimes, but also the equal ambiguity of the US Greater Middle East Initiative (an amibguity that the Arabs and some Europeans had a hand in).

Stacher concludes:

"In times of crises, Washington consciously promotes stable political orders over freedom. In the meantime, both the US and Arab regimes will continue to talk, meet and publish documents on reform, while buying time to avoid it."

This is a real danger. However, Stacher does not deal with the self-defeating attitude of Arab masses and "intellectuals" who insist on adopting an Occidentalist approach, and stand by their own represseive leaders in rejecting any US initiative. Once again, they have no one to blame but themselves.