US policies toward the Middle East leave a lot to be desired. However, I prefer a policy that promotes change in our country and our region, rather than a policy that supports dictators and totalitarian regimes. I am not going to be angry that the US props up democracies only when doing so is in its interests... I am going to thank God that I am alive in the era that my interest and the interest of the US at least partially coincide!
With regards to Iraq, I think that it was, and is still a debacle. It is more than obvious that the US wants a presence in that country, and is offering "democracy" as a carrot to win over the population. Nuclear weapons, al Qaeda, bla bla bla... that was all nonsense, the US wants to be there! Why? Oil!!!
But so what?
Will they give Iraqis democracy? Will they turn Iraq into a kind of Germany? That's what they're saying they'll do. That is what I hope they'll do. Am I doubtful? Hell ya! But, hey, I don't give a shit about the oil... let them keep it. Was the population benefiting from it before the Americans came in? Barely! In fact, oil was actually harmful. It gave the dictators enough money to buy their seats of power rather than at least attempt to seek popular approval.
I am not going to judge the US now.... I am going to wait and see how they deliver on their promises to the Iraqis. At the moment, I am more infuriated at Zarqawi, and the other "Arabists," "nationalists" and "Islamists" that kill fellow Iraqis like they're swatting flies. These very people that the entire Arab world is supporting don't know how to do anything except by brute force. What will happen to the Iraqi people if they do win, and get to power? Will it be another 40 years of violent dictatorship? Yes! Is that what we (as fellow Arabs) want for our Iraqi "brethren"? Well, apparently, Yes again! Oh how we care for the Iraqis....
A friend of mine told me that he's always the very first person to defend Arabs when Americans say that we have an "irrational hate" of everything American... but considering the Arab reaction to Lebanese demonstrations against Syria, he is really starting to reconsider! It is natural for human beings to gather together and oppose the most powerful among us. But maybe we should look beyond this and ask ourselves whether our interests (as secular, modern, and somewhat liberal Arabs) are being advanced by everything that is happening on the ground today (moral values aside)?
We really need to reconsider our position towards the US. Let us not be apologists, but at the same time, let us not simply say what Arab dictators want us to say...