The Arab Spring, Through a Lens of Realism
The hopeful Arab Spring has morphed into a winter of despair. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs have been killed and maimed, and millions have been uprooted from their homes as a result of the internecine warfare in Syria and Iraq, now spreading to Yemen, Lebanon, and other Mid-East nations – and exacerbated by the unspeakable brutality of the Islamic State.
There is nothing beyond what is now being done by President Obama, and leaders of other nations, that can effectively bring a halt to the mayhem. The fires of mindless fury must burn themselves out over the next several years.
Without diminishing the sorrow and despair that any decent person feels about such human tragedy, it is fair to note that the United States, Israel, Western nations, and our civilization are safer from onslaughts from fanatical Islamic religious leaders as a consequence of this internal struggle for hegemony over the region.
It is important to observe that as a result of the withdrawal of our troops, Iraq has doomed itself to Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish partition. It thus becomes incumbent on the United States to recognize this eventuality, and commit to strong, generous, and unstinting support for Kurdistan, which will become an allied nation with democratic impulses.
From a broader perspective, an enormously important ray of hope for a world free of Islamic tyranny came in December 2014, in a sparsely noted speech by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to his nation. Surpassing belief, and with extraordinary courage, President Al Sisi said: “It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world. … It has reached the point that [this ideology] is hostile to the entire world. Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion [Muslims] would kill the world’s population of seven billion, so that they could live [on their own]? This is inconceivable. … We need to revolutionize our religion…”
As with Kurdistan, Egypt and President Al Sisi, even in the face of shortcomings which offend us, must be strongly supported, to enable his call for Muslim sanity to become the reality that is essential for a peaceful world.
However, all bets will be off, and the opportunity for peace will be a squandered and forever lost, if Iran is permitted to have the bomb. Acquisition of this weapon of mass destruction will shift the balance of power in the region and beyond, threatening our shores, and giving the possession of power to a heartless regime, which calls for our destruction, and that of western civilization and Israel. The simple application of increased sanctions will bring this bandit nation to its economic knees, as it did prior to the present negotiations. If necessary, air strikes can deliver the coup-de-tat. Regime change will ensue, and the free world will rejoice the demise of a despotic regime, and can more easily focus on the trepidations and increasing aggressiveness of Russia and China.
And then, we will have peace.