March 28, 2007
Ah, the Ironies: Saudi King laments failures in the Arab world
In part merely to push down the bizarre bit of something about myself (the point and content of which still escape me, but also as Roula Khalaf of the FT has captured an example of a tiny departure from the usual pointless navel gazing whankery that passes for MENA politics, although this of the not unheard of (indeed not that unusual in the end) self-flagellation variety, which in some ways is more interesting that the Egyptian State engaging in an entirely predictable stomping on of the Opposition, now that they know the incoherent pretencions of the current American government are not even actionable among the True Believers, the Right Bolshevik wing of American policy and its Trotskytesque delusionalism. Our dear (and rather more productive than the lazy scum who pretend to be posters here) Abu Aardvark has more stomach for this sort of predictable bother than I.
Above all when I need to close a deal.
Posted by The Lounsbury at March 28, 2007 11:54 AM
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From the first link:
“We are farther for unity than the day the League was formed.” (...) The first step to the Arabs “salvation,” the king said, was “to regain the confidence in ourselves and in each other.”
He still didn't get it. The reason for the failure is simply that those who pull the strings don't have aligned interests. Want more integration? Align their interests. How about making the League a MENA private equity board for the ruling rentiers for a start? Ok, that was a caricature but the idea's there. The point of this entry.
The Summit is as everyone knew it would be. Kalam fadi.
Posted by: Abu Sinan at March 29, 2007 09:28 AM
Eh 3ch ghdi ndirou? Of course it's just blah blah.
The problem, as Shahine Bey has put it, is that like most "culturalist" views of the "Arab elite," there is little of practical and the actionable.
Or better put, of working on genuinely aligned interests, rather than merely "wished" interest.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at March 29, 2007 01:40 PM
Not meaning to nitpick, and Lounsbury's convoluted syntax has become almost as much a trademark as his occasional vulgarity, but could somebody please edit that first sentence? The one that runs (and runs and runs) "In part...Trotskytesque delusionalism?"
Break it up, structure some clauses, something?
Posted by: Antiquated Tory at March 30, 2007 09:21 AM