Could it be that today, too, two years after waking up from the dream of the Arab Spring, the American administration is still struggling to see things clearly? Otherwise, how can one possibly explain Washington's decision to withhold aid from Egypt or the upcoming renewal of negotiations with Iran, during which the removal of sanctions will be discussed -- which is certainly a possibility in the Washington of today.
What else needs to happen for the Americans to finally understand what region we live in, and how there are places in the world where the values and rules that they hold so dearly -- they really are positive values by the way -- do not necessarily hold sway? Does some prime minister of some "democratic" country need to be kidnapped by his state security apparatus for the light bulb to go on? This too happened yesterday, in Libya, when an armed militia that supports terrorism, which is supposed to ensure the safety of the new democratic administration which is charged with building a strong and stable government, as well as help the U.S. combat terrorism, kidnaps the prime minister from his hotel room? Does it sound like the plot from a Monty Python movie? Well, the reality in our region is wilder than the imagination.
In Egypt, too, American logic has gone napping. The Muslim Brotherhood stole the Tahrir revolution from the liberal youths and from the military. Before all of the institutions in Egypt, including the justice system but primarily the legislature, could sprout beards, in came the army on July 3 to stymie political Islam.
Washington decided to punish, in the name of democracy, the army that protects the peace treaty with us. But this is the situation, and at the very least there is a little more freedom in Egypt even if it is not a democracy, which will continue to be the case just as long as the Muslim Brotherhood does not return to power.
And what shall we say about Iran? What else does Iranian President Hasan Rouhani need to write and say to his people for world in general and the United States in particular to understand that the Iranians are pulling a fast one over all of us? Next week, however, negotiations are scheduled to resume with great hope. It can be assumed that the world powers will exhibit enthusiasm because, after all, talking with the Iranians is in style. Had Rouhani's U.N. speech been made earlier, today he could have already been named the grand winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, even if he is more interested in winning the prize for nuclear fission.