The Missing Elements of U.S. Middle East Policy
U.S. rhetoric about the war against terrorism creates many contradictions. While we criticize the fundamentalist Taliban regime in Afghanistan, we ignore the excesses of the Saudi Arabian theocratic dictatorship. U.S. foreign policy creates extremists. The more we militarize the Middle East, the less secure it becomes. Instead of relying on arms sales and air strikes, the U.S. should pursue a Mideast policy based on human rights, international law, and sustainable development.
Stephen Zunes is a specialist on the Middle East. His articles appear in leading journals and magazines. He teaches at the University of San Francisco. He also serves a senior policy analyst and Middle East editor for the Foreign Policy in Focus Project. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy & the Roots of Terrorism.