by Michael Young
Overstatement in the service of truth is no vice, some might say. But where is truth, or indeed overstatement, in the observation that we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of
The notion sounds absurd.
And let's add one more item to the bleak mix:
The Arab state system may well be caught up in a phase of terminal deterioration. Most Arab regimes are old and have lost much legitimacy by consolidating their authoritarianism while offering their younger, expanding populations little in the way of consensual social contracts, useful educational opportunities, and better living conditions. Stalemate prevails, and the onetime sway of leading Arab states has devolved to non-Arab states on the region's periphery:
This has had negative consequences for the
Looking at American policy, what do we see today? For starters, we see an
The impact of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement on the Gulf and
Which brings us to the shipwreck that is
This is excellent news for
But there is another possible scenario. Obama may realize that he's been cornered by
Michael Young is opinion editor of THE DAILY STAR.
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