In the Name of “Bringing Democracy” to Middle East
It may be time to reevaluate Europe and the West’s approach to the Middle East, even though it is beyond resolution and beyond hope for the 22 million Syrians displaced and nearly a quarter million killed. The situation highlights a tragic consequence of our meddling in the problems of countries in the Middle East.
From deposing dictators like Saddam Hussein or the attempt to depose Assad of Syria – both of whom demonstrated a brutality and intransigence that angered the world. But under Saddam the country was stable and the many factions that now beleaguer our efforts to bring peace are now our enemies and destroying a country that once was held together by Saddam despite his dictatorial methods.
The very same situation is occurring in Syria today, as we fed arms and weapons to Assad’s enemies, which brought on the utter destruction of the country that used to be according to travel guides from 2010, “one of the safest countries in the world, where violence or petty crime towards foreigners is virtually non-existent.“
Certainly, Syria’s president Bashar Assad was a dictator who ruthlessly suppressed dissent. However, he ruled over a secular state that protected minorities —– Christians, his own Alawite religion, Druze and others.
Look at Libya today, a country also ruled by a corrupt dictator who we wanted to displace and after getting rid of Gaddafi we have a country being taken over by thugs and ISSIS.
With the overthrow of Saddam, Gaddafi, and the nearly accomplished overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood, we have had no benefits at all to the millions of displaced, murdered, and, in the majority of cases, butchered human beings.
The refugee problem facing Europe is of our own making, and, unfortunately, the political stance has not changed. Russia’s Putin may be the only sane man around who has stood by Assad despite international pressure not to. How many examples of the disastrous policies of the European/U.S. hegemony are necessary for us to examine ourselves honestly and acknowledge our mistakes and our folly?
Millions have died as a result of U.S. decisions to overthrow dictators all in the name of “bringing democracy” to their people. To speak candidly about these policies doesn’t make someone an anti-American, but rather someone who sees the folly of U.S. actions and calls for an acknowledgement of the miserable failure of our actions in the Middle East.
CEO, American Press Association