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Nothing new about US political engineering in the Mideast

November 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Nothing new about US political engineering in the Mideast

Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2011 | BARRY RUBIN

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:53:34 AM by SJackson

The United States did not create the monster that wrecked the Middle East in the second half of the 20th century, but it certainly helped.

Few realize how US policy at the start of the radical Islamist era in Middle East history parallels the policy that prevailed at the beginning of the previous, Arab nationalist, era that began in the 1950s. At that time, American policymakers believed Arab nationalist military officers would be moderate, pro-Western, enhance stability and fight totalitarianism.

Today, the policymakers expect that revolutionary Islamism will do the same thing.

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