Reviving Arab Nationalism

October 5, 2011 4:03 pm0 commentsViews: 11

In the aftermath of this so called “Arab Spring” popular movements such as the uprising in Bahrain was completely neglected by media outlets in order to prevent an international outcry on behalf of the people of Bahrain. The majority of the population are Shiites and are ruled by a minority Sunni elite family who rule as a constitutional monarchy. The demonstrations that took place in Bahrain do not represent an ideological struggle between sects of the country, but the people who have demanded a government with more representation have been isolated and crushed by Gulf states with the consent of the west in order to prevent any possible Iranian influence in the region. However the biggest fear is the potential ripple effect it may have in the Gulf region. The United States and the European countries would have to take drastic action if their allies in the Gulf such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE were threatened by reform beneficial to the Arab people, which would be at the expense of western interests, jeopardizing the oil flow to USA. The question is to what extent will the United States remain silent and passive in order to secure its oil flow at the expense of human lives. What amount of bloodshed will it take for the United States and security council to realize the magnitude of a situation before siding with the just party in a conflict.

On the contrary, the Arab people do not demand intervention because they’re well aware of the fact that an intervention will be the equivalent to an invasion preventing any potential government from being assembled that may implement reforms beneficial to its people. In the world of politics today it would not seem logical for a nation to spend its treasure and blood in order to assist a humanitarian cause in another country. It is for this reason the Egyptian uprising was effectively and swiftly executed by the people, in fear of other states interfering in the internal affairs of its nation. Egypt too has not completely experienced a revolution, merely reforms, Mubarak stepping down is a step towards dissembling a corrupt regime but the military does not compensate for a new one either. Egyptian relations with Israel (such as the Camp David accords) will inevitably be reexamined as a result of the protests and the formulation of a new government. It would not make sense if the great people of Egypt were denied or restricted to only reform certain laws and have others untouched, that would defeat the purpose of a revolution. Turkey has paused its relations with Israel because of last years Flotilla incident and Egyptian demonstrators have stormed the Israeli embassy leading to the ambassadors evacuation out of the country. However, not surprisingly, the western media accused these protestors of being violent extremists, which is a strong indication of the U.S. position on the this matter. Israel will always remain an American ally and at all costs, for Israel is the cause of the sectarianism and troubles of the Arab region and without its presence there can be no revenue for the West. The Arab spring is rapidly evolving and pressurizing the Israelis into making concessions that may be beneficial to Palestinians and Arabs in general. With Israel against the ropes the Palestinians remain optimistic about their national bid at the United Nations, although this will inevitably be vetoed by the U.S. at the Security council. A question to the international community, why are there no Middle Eastern, African or Latin American permanent members of the UN security council? Or at least why has it not been restructured to include their voices in determining global affairs? How do you expect developing nations to abide by International Law when it merely projects the interest of super powers? Palestinians will have to take matters into their own hands and disregard the international community, for they will not assist their aspirations for independence and sovereignty. The Palestinians should use the Arab spring to add fuel to their demands and assist new Arab governments to strengthen their relationship in order to create a strong viable front demanding Palestinian statehood. This in return may potentially revive Arab nationalism, although it is too soon to tell.

Amine Zreik

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