i wonder if the west will install a puppet gvt, build military bases and secure the oil spots...
i wonder what will the west gain from this.
Maybe a little bit of badly needed credibility, both in the Arab world and back home?
It's ingenuous to believe the West is 'getting involved' now, when we have been heavily involved in most of what goes on in North Africa and the ME for decades, if not centuries. The political evolution of the Arab world is simply inexplicable if you ignore the cumulative influence of colonialism, the double crossing of the Sykes-Picot agreement during WW1 (Arabs were promised independence but got Anglo-French mandates instead, with the Balfour promise of a Jewish homeland thrown into the mix without even asking), the desert war during WW2, the CIA led coup against Mossadegh in Iran in the early 50s (which by the way left the mosques as the only place where the Sha's police couldn´t intervene unheeded, giving the imams a leading voice in any opposition movement, we all know how that story ended), the systematic support for both Israel and tyrants in the Arab world, and a long etcetera (which include arming bastards like Saddam and bin Laden whenever we thought it served our purposes, or promoting Hamas back in the early 90s as a means to break Arafat's hold on the Palestinians, or even just plain terrorism, like the bomb the CIA placed in Beirut in the 80s, missing their target but killing dozens of women and children when they exited a mosque).
We're not 'getting involved' here, we're simply doing it the right way just for this once. Let's hope we may start to convince mainstream Arabs that we really do stand for democracy and decency, in deeds and not only in words.