Sunday, January 18, 2009

Arab World on the verge of collapse

In a joint press conference in Kuwait, Saudi FM Sa'ud Al-Faisal and Arab League Secretary-General 'Amr Moussa said that the Arab world was on the verge of collapse and anarchy due to the rift within it, the intra-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli aggression and occupation. 

I think these Arab leaders are mistaken.  It is not the Arab world that is collapsing, but the ideal of a united Arab world that has been blown to smithereens by the divisions over how to respond to the Palestine issue.  And the one think the leaders did not mention, was the role of Iran in this.

A summit held in Doha on January 16, 2009 was attended by representatives from 13 Arab countries, as well as by Hamas Political Bureau Head Khaled Mash'al and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to some sources, the attending Arab states were not informed in advance of Mash'al's and Ahmadinejad's participation.

Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, January 17, 2009

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