The transformation which the American administration chose to create in the region to buy time for Israel and secure the sufficient depletion that will protect its ability to impose its hegemony over the region has started to surface, in order to deter the consequences of the post-American military pullout from Iraq.
The core of what could be dubbed the ideas of Erdogan and his foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu which were adopted by the American administration is based on the transfer of the old relation between the West and the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood organization in the region from the backstage of intelligence work to political adoption in the new system of Western hegemony.
These leaders were consequently adopted as possible political alternatives that could be relied on, instead of them remaining in the position of the reservist opposition that never bothered or clashed with the West in many countries, except for the Palestinian branch which broke all the Western restraints by moving towards the armed resistance against the Zionist occupation and establishing alliances with Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.
In the meantime, the leaders of the other MB branches in other Arab countries were able to prevent the action in its organizational ranks and among its youth from evolving into a radical stage that could threaten any of the regimes affiliated with the West. Amid this climate, the Syrian MB upheld its hostile behavior toward the regime in place in the country, while benefiting from the ample support offered to it by the United States and especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia throughout the last four decades. This could clearly be seen during the last few years against the backdrop of the American project which launched a new chapter of military and political attack in the region following the occupation of Iraq.
The United States, with the help of Western countries, is trying to prevent the Arab events from enhancing the resistance course against Israel. However, after the announcements made by Netanyahu and Obama, it is becoming clear that the situation might grow out of control at any moment, at which point the MB leaders will find themselves incapable of preventing their youth from joining the Arab crowds eager to get rid of the American-Israeli hegemony and all its components.
Dialogue, reform and foreign interference
During the last few weeks, the crisis in Syria witnessed many developments following the initiative launched by President Bashar al-Assad, namely the announcement of the formation of a national dialogue committee whose task will be to draw up the content of the desired reforms and changes in the country. In the meantime, President Al-Assad’s meetings with political and social leaders from the different Syrian provinces continued, at a time when the pardon decree marked an important step towards exiting the crisis and containing the political and social tensions which the opposition abroad tried to fuel while benefiting from foreign pressures and interferences.
The ending of the armed rebellion and the Takfiri terrorist phenomenon by the national centralized state in Syria is a necessary condition to secure the appropriate political climate for the progress of dialogue and reforms based on the openness that is clearly shown by the Syrian command.
There is also no doubt that the handling of the new situation forces the opposition with a national reformatory inclination to separate between the principle of the legitimacy of the peaceful protests and those exploiting them based on clear foreign agendas that are benefiting from the bloodshed to expand the margins of foreign interference in Syrian domestic affairs.
New Orient News (Lebanon)
Orient Tendencies No 32, 6 June, 2011.