Pluralism Key to Real Change in Arab World. By Barbara Slavin. Voice of America, December 31, 2013.
Every day the headlines from the Arab world get worse: An Al Qaeda affiliate group, aided by foreign fighters, battles with seven different homegrown Syrian rebel groups for control of the region around Aleppo, Syria. The Iranian Embassy in Beirut is bombed. Mohamad Chatah, an enormously decent former Lebanese finance minister, is blown up after criticizing Hezbollah’s brutish tactics. Another pro-Al Qaeda group takes control of Fallujah, Iraq. Explosions rock Egypt, where the army is now jailing Islamists and secular activists. Libya is a mess of competing militias.
Comment by Jared:
Tom – I find it ironic that on one hand you see the picture clearly about the Arab world and how messed up things are, but on the other hand you continue to imagine that Israel can make peace with the Arabs within the context of this craziness. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be seen as an island, but rather a subset of the entire picture you paint in this article. Israel cannot and should not be expected to make agreements that will certainly end up being worthless, until the Arab world gets its house in order. When they get their house in order, and it becomes a pluralistic society not ruled by Islamists, then maybe there is a chance for a resolution to the Israeli-Arab question.