The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Middle East


 

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There are numbers floating around regarding the relatively low amount of terrorist incidents committed by Islamic radicals.

Still, two points can be brought up.

Instability is uniquely inherent to the Middle East; and anti-Americanism is common in the Islamic World.

Perhaps these two characteristics of the Islamic World coupled with the increase in radicalized Islamic terrorist incidents (after 2003) could be explained as the products of humiliation .

Fanaticism is denounced by most Muslims.

But even ordinary Muslims, like for example in Iran, feel a sense of betrayal from the US with regards to sovereignty that is seen as the cause of extremism in the first place.

Since Islamic terrorism didn’t surge until after the War in Iraq, their claims seem to exhibit some validity .

The implication here is that, more respect for sovereignty might reduce the impetus for radicalization, and thus terror.


Freedom of the press means that certain individuals in the media are free to share their views on Israel, Congress, and the Middle East. Do we hear individuals in the media questioning the genuineness of the Arab Spring? Do we hear individuals in American Media criticizing Saudi Arabia for complicity in terrorism while simultaneously dealing with American companies? Apparently now Al Jazeera has an American chapter that it just launched. It has  twitter account and all. Al Jazeera is operated by and owned by the Qatari government, although it likes to claim otherwise, which in other words means it is an unfree, ideologically imbalanced, interest-driven news station. Of course, American elitists, namely Republicans and other right-wingers thrive on false media. Isn’t that how George W. Bush manufactured consent for his invasion of Iraq? Does the media not play a part in perpetuating crimes against humanity that occur overseas which Americans know nothing about (due to bad media)?