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Letter: U.S. should steer clear

After reading, watching and listening to the news and debates concerning events in the Middle East over the past few years, I’ve begun to question this nation’s belief that people in that part of the world actually seek or even approve of democracy.

Most recently the “Arab Spring” has turned pretty stormy, which is really not much different from before the democracy movements. Given the history, culture and dominate religion, Islam, all of which are authoritarian-based, it is perhaps a fool’s errand to attempt to promote democracy there. That culture seems to have done best when under the control of one sort of strongman or another.

Now I’m not saying that is any sort of just or even a peaceful society, but compared to the chaos of the recent half century it could not be much worse.

Egypt is suffering from the threat of potential civil war; Syria is in full-blown revolt with 100,000 dead, some estimate; Iraq is showing signs of joining the bloody circus as has Libya and Afghanistan. U.S. leaders are debating whether we should provide weapons to the Syrian rebels and what to do about Egypt.

I say, stay clear of the whole thing. We have no dog in those fights. Getting involved is a no-win position for us. Whoever prevails in Syria will be no friend of ours, and in Egypt the army kept the Muslim Brotherhood under control for decades so even if another Mubarak gains power that is better for us then the Brotherhood. Still, let them decide.



Legacy Comments1

Steve, Strict isolationist policies has always lead to war. That said, I agree-democracy is not right for everybody. The Mideast countries have proven that repeatedly. The sadly naive crowd that says, 'We can just talk" has no clue. They have a deeply entrenched tribal mentality and want to keep it that way. We have nothing they want. The do not want our money, our buildings or anything else. Look at world history - how many gov'ts (and subsequently their soldiers) have paid dearly for failure to appreciate that reality? They have one goal - convert or be put to the sword.

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