Robert Malley, son of Simon Malley, ace Israel-hater, scion of the Egyptian Communist Party, former White House aide, and a key person in the lobby of Middle East “experts” trying to get the United States to commit suicide in the region, has told us why there is unrest in Egypt.
On NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” Malley explained that the Arabs have been “humiliated” by not being able to control their own history because of the invasion of Iraq and “the fact that the Palestinians can’t get Israel to give them anything.”
Hmm, said the NPR host thoughtfully.
So now we know: Israel and America are responsible for all the problems of the Middle East. But since many of these same people claim that Israel was behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq (though Israeli policymakers and decision makers opposed the operation) it comes down to Israel again.
What this requires, however, is to erase the fact that Arab countries actually have domestic issues! Yes, incredible as it might seem there are things like unemployment, poverty, repression, personal ambition, ethnic and regional quarrels, dissatisfaction with the functioning of government institutions, religious conflicts, and all the other kinds of things that make people everywhere dislike their governments, especially if they live under a dictatorship.
And there are people who have ideas of what they would prefer to replace the existing system: democracy, Islamism, or themselves and their friends as the new dictators.
Equally, governments blame Israel and America to deflect attention from their own shortcomings. This approach often works. It isn’t working in Egypt right now.
Yet all these factors are often deleted in Western discussions (especially in universities), leaving people unable to conceive that anything might happen without it being caused by Israel. Every time something happens that proves local problems are involved–say, Sunnis and Shias killing each other in Iraq–it must somehow be linked to Israel’s existence or actions.
On one occasion a couple of years ago, the head of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) think tank explained to a startled Swiss reporter how Israel was responsible for the poor educational system in the UAE. Many similar tales can be recounted.
News bulletin: There are a lot of other things going on in this region, from Morocco in the west to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east, that pertain to other matters.