Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yemen President Blames Uprising on Israel and U.S.

Yemeni President Saleh said on March 1, 2011, that protests against his government were being run from the White House.  He blamed Israel and the U.S. for destabilizing the Arab world.

Saleh’s remarks may foreshadow what is to come.  When new democratically-elected Arab governments replace former autocracies and/or monarchies, the “Arab street,” egged on by Islamic parties, will turn its wrath on Israel and its American ally in an effort to gain political support among voters.  Paralleling Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, the post-revolutionary democratic Middle East may turn out to be something other than a new Arab enlightenment.

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