Thread: Int'l Issues US to Arab Spring: **** You
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:25 PM   #22
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There's actually a very clear distinction between how Republicans and Democrats handle things like the Arab Spring, and I ally myself largely with how the Democrats have handled it, with reservations.

The Republican Party advocates a much heavier-handed approach to the Middle East. They constantly chided Obama, for instance, to publicly lacerate the Iranian regime for killing their own people in the streets.

The problem is that this is what these regimes always, always want. They want the propaganda help of countries like the United States to say their uprisings are not democratic uprisings, but instead the meddlings of the West trying to overturn their societies. For decades, this was an effective PR ploy to turn their people against their own democratic uprisings.

The current approach, to stand down almost completely with our rhetoric, helped fuel enthusiasm in some countries like Iran, who got to desperate to pin the Green Revolution on somebody foreign, they had to feign it was the British, a failing ploy from the start.

The same problems still persist, though, and our decisions to continue doing deals with oppressive regimes we can make money off of -- Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan -- is only adding fuel to the regime's fire, rather than peaceful democratic protesters.

Standing idly by, something Saul Good suggested earlier, is not an option for us. We're too entrenched in that part of the world. We either continue doing business as usual, and empower those in power, or we start bringing some ****ing consequences into the mixture, and stop acting like a small Middle East nation has our nuts in a vice.
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