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Submitted by Sentinel (Saudi Arabia), Aug 22, 2013 at 02:26

The true interests of the US are no longer centered on what happens in the Middle East but on the Pacific rim countries.

This is because the West has now concluded that basically, there is no hope for the Middle East. The "Palestinian question", for example, is never going to be solved because there are too many powerful interests that don't want it to be solved. Lemme repeat myself here: the Palestinian issue will never be solved because most people don't want it solved. There will always be a "Palestinian question".

Egypt, like England, is basically a museum for the rest of the world to come and visit. Trying to be something else is just not going to work. They've been trying for over 5000 years and it's gotten them no placeā€¦..the typical Egyptian laborer is still pushing his fruit cart around the streets of Cairo trying to snatch a sale. 1000 years from now, his descendants will be doing the same thing.

It's important to remember that the "Arab world" was brought kicking and screaming into the 20th century. The vast majority of its people still want no part of it. They would have to change too much and give up too many of their "traditions".

The "Muslim Brotherhood", as an example, is really no more than a desperate reaction to modernity. Its founder, Hassan al-Banna, was "traumatized" by the loose morals he saw in the US as a student. To my mind, this is a clear "cause and effect" reaction. So, if you can establish a state whose principles go back to the 6th century, what need is there for the modern world and all its troubles?

Therefore, given these realities, the Arab world can only hold a minor and unimportant place in the modern world. Since this is the case, Obama apparent "waffling" is only a public stance. He really is, like most leaders in the contemporary scene, totally uninterested in what happens in the Middle East. The Middle East really has nothing to offer and has nothing to contribute. Why bother?

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