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Does the U.S. need an independent intermediary between itself and the Arab world?
Posted by: PostIndustrialNation (IP Logged)
Date: June 16, 2004 09:56PM

The situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating from bad to worse. An overwhelming number of Iraqis polled think that the abuses at Abu Ghraib is how the U.S. always acts, that the U.S. is an occupying force, and that the U.S. makes Iraq more dangerous. Most Iraqis also say that any government that has any fingerprints of the U.S. on it will not be acceptable.

The situation is not unique for Iraq. At the recent G8 Summit, the Broader Middle East Initiative was "D.O.A," with most Arab nations ignoring it, if they attended at all. Combined with the U.S. support of Israel, most Arab nations now refuse to openly support any U.S. policies.

The question now begs, does the United States need an intermediary (like, say, France maybe?) to be act as an independent go-between with the U.S. and the Arab world? Since the U.S. now no longer has any political capital left with the Arab populations in general, it is not entirely out of the question. An intermediary could help alleviate concern of the U.S. imposing its will on other nations while still leaving lines of communication open.

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