Thursday, May 4, 2017

After ISIS, What?

Writing opinion at the Financial Times, David Gardner argues that the soon-to-happen defeat of ISIS will not bring stability to the troubled region. Talk about low-hanging fruit, how hard is it to predict unrest in the Middle East?

Still, he makes a good point about the reemergence of strong man rule in the region.
The strong men of Egypt and Turkey, presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are busy eliminating the political middle ground and filling the jails. Saudi Arabia, another western ally, allows only the ideology of Wahhabi Islam and never had a middle ground. Israel, for its part, has swung far to the right and continues to colonize the ground upon which a viable Palestinian state might be built.
And I begin to wonder whether, going forward, there will be much "middle ground" in the U.S. Our polarization is as extreme as it was during the Vietnam War.

Too many Americans are discovering the intoxication of hate. I believe I detect a hint of Weimar, before it fell.