Talking about the challenges the next secretary of defense will confront, Graham, a
So true, and the
Every day we hear about the continuing violence in
But hard as it may be to admit today,
But that's not the situation at all. The demonstrators are Sunni; Mailki's government is Shiite. That's
And what about
Before the revolution just over two years ago,
At the same, all of this instability in so many nations has given Islamic extremism room to spread like malignant cancer cells. Look at what has happened in northern
What do we take from all of this?
All of these countries were led by men who actively repressed their nations' social and religious divisions. But after the invasion of
The problem now is: In each state a leader representing one side or the other has taken power -- Shiites in
Is there any solution? None that the West can impose. But soon enough, perhaps, the people of these states will realize that they need a technocrat government, one that concentrates its efforts on economic development and social equality -- and doesn't try to promote the interests of one ethnic or religious group over another.
Facing governments that hold a broad popular mandate, Islamic extremists will find it difficult to attract followers. Instability is the extremist's friend.
Until that day comes, that part of world is fated to remain "on fire" -- the needs of its people totally ignored as self-interested leaders fight to keep their sect in power.
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(c) 2013 By Joel Brinkley, "Self-Interested Leaders Roil Chaos in Middle East"