Hey look, someone in Canada still paying attention to the middle east


Put that coalition down and chew on Terry Glavin for a bit:

We have to stop wasting time and energy asking ourselves stupid questions about the propriety of regime change, about whether a tyrant’s cruelties meet the threshold for the “responsibility to protect” doctrine, and about whether the fictional “Muslim world” will be upset if “we” intervene in “their” affairs. Whether it is Iran, Libya, Syria, or Yemen, our first questions must be: Who are our comrades? What do they want from us? How can we get it to them? The rest is noise.


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Hey look, someone in Canada still paying attention to the middle east

  1. Fine, I volunteer him to go.

  2. Pardon me, Andrew, but you aren't allowed to start a blog post with Hey Look unless you are pointing us to your article in Macleans.

    Otherwise, interesting viewpoint.

  3. I read Applebaum's article a few weeks and it got me thinking about what it would take to make regimes fall and allow democrats a chance to take over. I wish US/UK/FR/Can …. did not have morals for foreign policy, just interests.

    Send Special Operations teams into Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi and assassinate the leading 50/100 people of each regime. I don't think it would take all that much for these regimes to collapse and in ensuing chaos democratic minded people would have a chance at power without too much involvement from US/UK/FR armed forces.

    Stability – the policy pursued by West and dictators – is not working and must end.
    "The Arab revolutions, by contrast, are the product of multiple changes—economic, technological, demographic—and have already taken on a distinctly different flavor and meaning in each country. In that sense, they resemble 1848 far more than 1989.

    Though inspired very generally by the ideas of liberal nationalism and democracy, the mostly middle-class demonstrators of 1848 had, like their Arab contemporaries, very different goals in different countries.

    In fact, most of the 1848 rebellions failed.

    And yet—in the longer run, the ideas discussed in 1848 did seep into the culture, and some of the revolutionary plans of 1848 were eventually realized." Anne Applebaum, Slate, Feb 2011

    • Mmmm…as they used to say in school…who died and made YOU God?

  4. Hey look, someone in Canada still paying attention to Terry Glavin

  5. Potter, to ask a silly question, why does this interest you? I mean, isn't this just another call to some sort of "moral clarity" as a way of sidelining all the tough questions in international affairs?

    I mean, I'm trying to imagine even if I agreed with all of this guy's ideas…what's new or interesting here? Other than being a sort of proxy for all the most dangerous ways of thinking about IR? (super-idealist, friends and enemies, anti-reflection, etc. etc.)

  6. I'm not necessarily down on TG, and i don't find much to disagree with here; but i would like to know whether he held similar views before the Iraq fiasco? And what if anything he feels we[ the west] learned from it – if anything.

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