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
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.
More than a half-century ago, though, there was no public debate (or even knowledge) of what was happening. Equally, American and European leaders only played a minor role in the launching of six wasted decades of dictatorship, war, terrorism, hatred and stagnation. Today, they are playing major roles as enablers.