In his first post for Political Promise, Ust Oldfield suggests leaving the Middle East to sort itself out will be the best course of action.
There has been a push for a No Fly Zone in Libya, with potential for further military action. This course of action stems from a misguided, imperialist view of the world.
The West has benefited from a millennium of development that has involved internal conflicts, butchery and, eventually, enlightenment ideas. These enlightenment ideas form the basis of our world understanding.
The Arab states have not benefited from the same direction of development. They have not had their internal conflicts, they still have a tribal culture. They need to have the series of wars that the West had in the middle ages and early modern period.
The reason why the Arab states have developed differently is because they have been ruled, almost from the start, by a Caliphate or Empire. The people have always been subjected to the whims of an elite against a “common enemy” – the West. This is not to suggest that the Arab states are backwards, without the Caliphates advances in science and maths may not have happened so early.
It’s time that the West let things evolve naturally, let the Arab states have their tribal conflicts, and end the misguided policy of intervention.