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Robert Fisk on the Arab Spring

Is America becoming irrelevant?

In an op-ed published earlier this week, Robert Fisk, the venerable journalist, has offered a damning assessment of the United States' waning influence in the Middle East. From the perspective of those striving, and dying, for democracy and justice in the Arab world, Fisk explains, the Obama administration has squandered whatever support the United States once had: "Obama's failure to support the Arab revolutions until they were all but over lost the US most of its surviving credit in the region." The contradiction between the rhetoric of democracy, and the reality of American policies has finally grown to great, the illusion is shattered.

Where Fisk goes further, however, and what makes his article a must-read is in how he anticipates the irrelevance of the United States will play out on a geopolitical level. He argues that the motor of change is now within the hands of the people on the street, not the out-of-touch career politicians in the White House, and that this shift will result in an intensification of popular unrest.

"The tectonic plates shudder," Fisk writes. "If there's an 'intifada' in Syria, why not a Third Intifada in 'Palestine'? Not a struggle of suicide bombers but of mass, million-strong protests. If the Israelis have to shoot down a mere few hundred demonstrators who tried – and in some cases succeeded – in crossing the Israeli border almost two weeks ago, what will they do if confronted by thousands or a million. Obama says no Palestinian state must be declared at the UN. But why not? Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says? Not even, it seems, the Israelis. The Arab spring will soon become a hot summer and there will be an Arab autumn, too. By then, the Middle East may have changed forever. What America says will matter nothing."

Read the full article at the Independent and come back here to discuss.

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Anonymous

Why do you think Mubarek left two days *after* the administrations condemnation and not two days before? Also,Obama is the best friend this region has ever had for a POTUS, he is not kowtowing to Netanyahu, he is in fact laying the groundwork for major change in our approach to the issue. He is simply an astute politician taking a tempered approach,the exact opposite of Bush. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Anonymous

Why do you think Mubarek left two days *after* the administrations condemnation and not two days before? Also,Obama is the best friend this region has ever had for a POTUS, he is not kowtowing to Netanyahu, he is in fact laying the groundwork for major change in our approach to the issue. He is simply an astute politician taking a tempered approach,the exact opposite of Bush. Enjoy it while it lasts.

I dont have my ...

The only thing relevant about the middle east to the west is oil. You dont like america? Its easy to critisize the hand that protects until its chopped off! Then who will protect you? The good nature of the leaders of those not aligned with the west? Oh wait...then you will be able to critisize them! If your very very lucky!!!

I dont have my ...

The only thing relevant about the middle east to the west is oil. You dont like america? Its easy to critisize the hand that protects until its chopped off! Then who will protect you? The good nature of the leaders of those not aligned with the west? Oh wait...then you will be able to critisize them! If your very very lucky!!!

Anonymous

Actually, Oil is only a bait to get the support of the US corporations. The real reason the US is in the middle east is for Israel.

Israel controls the US government, and every policy on the ME that that the US does benefits Israel alone and harms the US.

With the collapse of the Dollar and the US economy, Israel will no longer need the US military for its expansionist goals and will be able to fight the Arabs and defeat them all on their own. That is when Israel will seize the oil in the ME and will starve Europe and the US, thus becoming the next center of power. I think they might also create the next reserve currency.

Of course that will anger China and Russia and its allies, and that might lead to a War none of us want to be alive when it happens.

If you want to save your country, get rid of those dual American/Israeli Citizens in the US government.

Anonymous

Actually, Oil is only a bait to get the support of the US corporations. The real reason the US is in the middle east is for Israel.

Israel controls the US government, and every policy on the ME that that the US does benefits Israel alone and harms the US.

With the collapse of the Dollar and the US economy, Israel will no longer need the US military for its expansionist goals and will be able to fight the Arabs and defeat them all on their own. That is when Israel will seize the oil in the ME and will starve Europe and the US, thus becoming the next center of power. I think they might also create the next reserve currency.

Of course that will anger China and Russia and its allies, and that might lead to a War none of us want to be alive when it happens.

If you want to save your country, get rid of those dual American/Israeli Citizens in the US government.

Anonymous

Indeed. Unarmed Palestinians from Syria have been approaching the Israeli border and have been unceremoniously shot and killed by Israeli soliders armed by the US. And, as always, the US repeats the mantra "Israel has a right to defend itself," forgetting that the right of peaceful assembly is one of those democratic values that it claims to support.

However the Arab uprisings may turn out, one thing is certain. None of the new governments that will develop will be "Israel friendly". Look to Turkey for an example, or erven to Iran. The US will soon be alone in the ME with its evil seed, "the only democracy in the Middle East". HA!

Anonymous

Indeed. Unarmed Palestinians from Syria have been approaching the Israeli border and have been unceremoniously shot and killed by Israeli soliders armed by the US. And, as always, the US repeats the mantra "Israel has a right to defend itself," forgetting that the right of peaceful assembly is one of those democratic values that it claims to support.

However the Arab uprisings may turn out, one thing is certain. None of the new governments that will develop will be "Israel friendly". Look to Turkey for an example, or erven to Iran. The US will soon be alone in the ME with its evil seed, "the only democracy in the Middle East". HA!

Anonymous

Is there any chance for a Israelistine/ Palesrael state? Why have borders? Why not live together in peace?

Anonymous

Is there any chance for a Israelistine/ Palesrael state? Why have borders? Why not live together in peace?

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