30 September, 2020

He Sleeps With Wolves

The US backed the despots for fear of the Islamists. Now...

He Sleeps With Wolves

For decades, the United States has always harped on the universal virtue of democratic governance even as it bolstered despots in West Asia, choosing to condone repression in return for nurturing its interests in the region. It’s why Washington could never win the support of the Arab streets.

The reverse now seems to be happening as winds of change blow through the Arab world. As tens of thousands poured into the streets of Cairo demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, their anger not ebbing over the week, Washington began to shift its stance. From vice-president Joseph Biden telling a TV anchor that it wasn’t time for Mubarak to go, America came a long way with President Barack Obama declaring that “an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now”. His statement came hours after Mubarak said in a TV telecast that he’d step down only in September.

The first signs of a change in American policy came as Washington asked Mubarak to listen to the...



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