Why the US race mat­ters

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Muna Al-Fuzai muna@kuwait­times.net

The Amer­i­cans are only a few days away from elec­tion day. I would like to com­mence my ar­ti­cle with a wish for all Amer­i­cans to re­mem­ber that they are not only vot­ing for a pres­i­dent, but are mak­ing a choice of grant­ing some­one the power to bring peace or in­flame a war. War and peace are our main con­cerns here in the Mid­dle East. The in­ter­nal pol­icy of the US is the sole pre­serve of the Amer­i­can peo­ple and we shouldn’t ut­ter a word, be­cause no mat­ter what we think, we are surely not the ones who will suf­fer from its bad re­sults.

As you know, the Arab world is con­fronting chaos and tu­mults in many of its lo­ca­tions. But, we should not blame out­siders for our own mis­takes. Un­for­tu­nately, the US for­eign pol­icy has failed to over­come or con­trol the dam­age and it is true that some­times wrong de­ci­sions have been taken against the in­ter­ests of old al­lies. But within less than a month, all these poli­cies will be over and we hope that a new pol­icy will show bet­ter un­der­stand­ing to what we wish or ex­pect to keep this area safe and pro­tected.

I don’t be­lieve in mir­a­cles, so I don’t ex­pect a new pres­i­dency will come up with con­crete so­lu­tions to end the chaos in Syria or pre­vent pos­si­ble new flare-ups in Egypt, or re­shape its for­eign poli­cies in the Gulf re­gion in one day. These are our wishes, but there is no magic wand. Why do we as Arabs al­ways tend to wait for Amer­i­can or Euro­pean de­ci­sion mak­ers to come up with so­lu­tions on our be­half? Why do we lack the ini­tia­tive?

These are our lands, our in­ter­ests and our fu­ture. Why should we put much of our faith in who wins the pres­i­dency to end the war in Syria, for ex­am­ple? Re­gard­less who wins the pres­i­dency, the idea of im­me­di­ate change is not pos­si­ble, that is, if things are not made worst there.

I know some may claim this is be­cause we don’t want to com­mu­ni­cate with the cur­rent Syr­ian lead­er­ship. I can’t imag­ine or pre­sume that any pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor will be less bloody, aside from be­ing ex­tremely con­ser­va­tive. The Syr­i­ans are all over the globe now, and it’s not fair or log­i­cal to as­sume that they lost their beau­ti­ful coun­try for no ev­i­dent rea­son. We need the im­po­si­tion of no-fly zones now and safe ar­eas for civil­ians, with a global fund for the re­con­struc­tion of Syria, but not by send­ing the money to mil­i­tants, be­cause this process has to go through the UN.

We should not wait for this bloody con­flict to end to see the win­ning side, then if it pleases us, we de­cide to sup­port it or not. The Syr­ian sit­u­a­tion is one ex­am­ple, and no mat­ter who wins the US elec­tion, we should have the will and de­sire to move ahead to save the lives of Syr­i­ans.

I am fully aware that the sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East is very com­pli­cated, but if there is an in­ter­est in end­ing or con­trol­ling the con­flict in the Mid­dle East, then the US has to deal with all play­ers, es­pe­cially when deal­ing with the GCC, start­ing with restor­ing con­fi­dence as a first step, for ex­am­ple. The sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East is one of in­ter­con­nected sec­tar­ian con­flicts. We need to co­op­er­ate with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and the United States to un­der­stand what is go­ing on around us, but we also have to use our minds in pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions. We should not re­main mere spec­ta­tors in the po­lit­i­cal arena.

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