Poll: What is the solution to the Middle East?
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Try to find some way to calm the extremists down as we did in the 1990s
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Deal with the sources of extremism by promoting democratic change in the region.
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Hire new dictators to police the region, lock the people in, and “let them kill each other”.
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Four Solutions to the Middle East
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On National Review, David Frum asserts there are four possible solutions to the problems of the Middle East:
Quote:1) Try to find some way to calm the extremists down. This was the policy the US followed in the 1990s – it was the ultimate justification for Clinton’s Palestinian diplomacy. By now it should be obvious that the people we are concerned about won’t be calmed. The appeasement option isn’t an option: It’s a wish.

2) The Bush approach – try to deal with the sources of extremism by promoting democratic change in the region. By curbing tyrannies that foment extremism to justify their hold on power – like Iraq’s, like Saudi Arabia’s – the US and its allies can promote what the president calls “the peaceful pursuit of a better life.”

3) But let’s suppose that the Bush policy fails too. Let’s suppose policy-makers decide that the Middle East cannot be changed any more than it can be calmed. What then? Then I’m afraid we are going to see the emergence of a harsh new pseudo-realism that will in effect try to seal the Middle East off from the rest of the world. Hire new dictators to police the region, lock the people in, and “let them kill each other” as they say in the line at my supermarket.

4) But any policy so self-consciously dismissive will be anathema to the soft spirit of American liberalism. And so the likeliest consequence of a Bush defeat and a turn away from his policies will be: nothing at all. We’ll end up averting our eyes, telling ourselves that we can protect ourselves by chasing down al Qaeda fugitives, and basically forgetting about the whole problem – until of course it strikes again.
What do you guys think - any of these work for you?
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Four Solutions to the Middle East - by Aretstikapha - 05-13-2004, 07:03 PM
[No subject] - by mv - 05-13-2004, 08:30 PM
[No subject] - by Aretstikapha - 05-13-2004, 08:33 PM
[No subject] - by mv - 05-13-2004, 08:44 PM
[No subject] - by Baldar - 05-13-2004, 09:00 PM
[No subject] - by mv - 05-13-2004, 09:11 PM
[No subject] - by Baldar - 05-13-2004, 09:20 PM
[No subject] - by mv - 05-13-2004, 09:36 PM
[No subject] - by WmLambert - 05-14-2004, 11:31 AM
[No subject] - by mv - 05-14-2004, 11:52 AM

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