US Middle East Policy Fails

Richard Falk, UN “Special Rapporteur” from 2008 to 2014, commented on the rise of nonstate actors such as ISIS (that US policy helped create) and Hezbollah after the Arab Spring, the lack of democracy except in Tunisia and Turkey and the survival of the old bureaucracies after dictators were overthrown.  He faults the US for adding to the turmoil in the region with its reliance on air strikes rather than diplomacy: “’Democracy’ and Washington’s policy agenda in the region are irreconcilable.”  Tunisia has been spared intervention because it lacks oil reserves. He wrote, “It is hard to find a war that Republicans won’t endorse,” especially if oil is involved. NATO was involved as well; “nothing can be much worse that what Western intervention produces…the wheels of violence turn with accelerating velocity.”
Richard Falk. Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring. Just World Books, 2015.

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