I thought I would share this in light of the Syria conflict. It appears to me that the U.S. is more concerned with removing Assad (a secular dictator) and slighting Russia than destroying ISIS. Many U.S. arms have fallen into the hands of ISIS. The official U.S. position, of course, is that the intention was to place them in the hands of the moderate rebels (which have in turn funneled them to al-Nusra, or Al Qaeda in Syria…oh yeah, another enemy we are on the same side of).
Anyway, the video is quite interesting. President Nasser jokes with the crowd about a Muslim Brotherhood proposal to force women to wear the hijab. I am sure he could never imagine that one day the Muslim Brotherhood would control his country, all because of democracy of course.
The lesson of the Middle East is that they will not have political institutions forced on them. Democracy has failed in Eypgt and Libya. The Arab Spring failed. It simply won’t take hold in Iraq and Afghanistan, where we have spent great effort to make it work.
Iran organically came to adopt democracy, but the U.S. put that to an end by installing a monarchy, which the people rebelled against and replaced with a theocracy.
We should stay out of the Middle East, only getting involved when we face a threat (such as ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or Iran’s aggressive nuclear intentions), kill them, or otherwise deal with it, and get out.
Unfortunately, I am sure the U.S. will be the last to “get it.”