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Robert F. Worth’s ‘A Rage for Order’ - The New York Times
By KENNETH M. POLLACKAPRIL 25, 2016
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Middle_East  Arab-Muslim_world  Arab_Spring  ISIS 
may 2016 by jerryking
Pop-Tarts Or Freedom? - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
January 16, 2005 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN;

In the wake of U.S. aid to help Muslim and other victims of the recent tsunami, Colin Powell suggested that maybe, now that the Muslim world had seen ''American generosity'' and ''American values in action,'' it wouldn't be so hostile to America.

Don't hold your breath waiting for a thank-you card. If the fact that American soldiers have risked their lives to save the Muslims of Bosnia, the Muslims of Kuwait, the Muslims of Somalia, the Muslims of Afghanistan and the Muslims of Iraq has earned the U.S. only the false accusation of being ''anti-Muslim,'' trust me, U.S. troops passing out bottled water and Pop-Tarts in Indonesia are not going to erase that lie. It is not an exaggeration to say that, if you throw in the Oslo peace process, U.S. foreign policy for the last 15 years has been dominated by an effort to save Muslims -- not from tsunamis, but from tyrannies, mostly their own theocratic or autocratic regimes.
U.S.foreign_policy  Arab-Muslim_world  Arab_Spring  autocrats  op-eds  Tom_Friedman  anti-Americanism  tyrants  tsunamis  Muslim  Colin_Powell 
january 2012 by jerryking
Advice for China - NYTimes.com
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: June 4, 2011
China  Arab_Spring  lessons_learned  advice 
june 2011 by jerryking
Tribes With Flags - NYTimes.com
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: March 22, 2011

Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against a
democratic opposition, or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war?”
...Iraqis still have not given us the definitive answer to their key
question: Is Iraq the way Iraq is because Saddam was the way Saddam was
or was Saddam the way Saddam was because Iraq is the way Iraq is: a
tribalized society? All the other Arab states now hosting rebellions —
Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya — are Iraq-like civil-wars-in-waiting.
Some may get lucky and their army may play the role of the guiding hand
to democracy, but don’t bet on it.

In other words, Libya is just the front-end of a series of moral and
strategic dilemmas we are going to face as these Arab uprisings proceed
through the tribes with flags."
Arab_Spring  tribalism  civil_wars  Arab-Muslim_world  Libya  uprisings  Tom_Friedman 
march 2011 by jerryking
Pivotal Time for America's Mideast Interests - WSJ.com
* FEBRUARY 12, 2011 By GERALD F. SEIB
Starting on the day in 1977 when former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
made a dramatic flight to Israel to start making peace, American policy
in the region has been built on the premise that Egypt was at least the
titular leader of a bloc of moderate, pro-Western Arab states. Those
states, including Jordan, Morocco and the Persian Gulf sheikdoms, have
provided a semblance of stability, at least a cold peace with Israel, a
bulwark against Islamic extremism and a free flow of oil.

The future of that model became much less certain with Friday's change
in Egypt.
Gerald_Seib  U.S.foreign_policy  Middle_East  Persian_Gulf  national_interests  Arab_Spring 
february 2011 by jerryking
China, Twitter and 20-Year-Olds vs. the Pyramids - NYTimes.com
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
February 5, 2011
The forces that were upholding the status quo in the Arab world for so
long — oil, autocracy, the distraction of Israel, and a fear of the
chaos that could come with change — have finally met an engine of change
that is even more powerful: China, Twitter and 20-year-olds. ...Egypt’s
government has wasted the last 30 years — i.e., their whole lives —
plying them with the soft bigotry of low expectations: “Be patient.
Egypt moves at its own pace, like the Nile.” Well, great. Singapore also
moves at its own pace, like the Internet. ....The Arab world has 100
million young people today between the ages of 15 and 29, many of them
males who do not have the education to get a good job, buy an apartment
and get married. That is trouble. Add in rising food prices, and the
diffusion of Twitter, Facebook and texting, which finally gives them a
voice to talk back to their leaders and directly to each other, and you
have a very powerful change engine.
Singapore  China  Middle_East  Arab-Muslim_world  Egypt  Tom_Friedman  competitiveness_of_nations  Arab_Spring  sclerotic  young_people 
february 2011 by jerryking

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