Why the Middle East is a Mess

http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/30/opinion/ghitis-middle-east/

In this article, the Middle East is described as a region that is in crisis because it suffers from endemic corruption, poor governance, discrimination against women and serious economic problems. And although democracy supporters may have become more apparent, other determined fighters aspire to create profoundly anti-woman, anti-liberal and anti-American states. The article breaks down certain areas in the Middle East that have issues and explains what they are.

In Egypt, the streets of Cairo are seen as “boiling with rage” against President Mohamed Morsy, who shocked the country and the White House in the United States, when he announced he was going to take powers in a way that many would view as a return to dictatorship. Morsy insists his move is necessary and only temporary. Eventually we will find out who is right. The answer to that will help set the future of democracy in the Arab world, where Egypt leads in ideological, political and cultural trends. That’s why when Egyptians picked up the flame from a popular uprising in Tunisia two years ago, every dictator in the region trembled. Every Western capital had to review its strategic alliances.

When it comes to Iran, the United States cannot stop worrying about them. Some will insist the concern is about oil, but the U.S. could still buy oil from a nuclear-armed Iran. Obama, and the world, fears Iran’s nuclear program will trigger a nuclear arms race in the most politically unstable part of the planet. To help this issue, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization promised that they would accelerate enriching uranium, despite harsh international sanctions. Separately, U.S. officials told CNN that Tehran is already finding ways to ship weapons to the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, just days after the U.S. helped broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

In Syria, some 40,000 men women and children have died in the country’s civil war. The rebels are making gains in their very worthy cause of overthrowing the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. But the West, including the United States, worries about what might come after al-Assad’s fall, which is what they all seem to be waiting for honestly. The opposition include advocates of democracy, but it also counts all manner of other ideologies, from mild Islamists to extremists who would like to see Syria as part of a Islamic caliphate. Washington looks confused about what to do, but I don’t think and the article suggests that its not going to be in anyone’s favor if we were to ignore what is happening.The one time, its right for the U.S to butt into other nations business, they become hesitant and don’t want to.

When it comes to the Israelis and Palestinians, their conflict remains a neuralgic point in the region and a challenge to American influence. Hamas vows to destroy Israel, while the Palestinian Authority refuses to sit down for talks, laying the blame at Israel’s feet. Defying Washington’s wishes, the authority took its case to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, where an automatic majority of Arab, Muslim and Non-Aligned Movement countries is supposed to have a positive outcome due to its upgraded status request.

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