Comments on: U.S. ‘soft power’ hits another hard reality in the Middle East http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:13:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ibenzawla http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3652 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:02:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3652 When would the Arab realize that it is not in the interest of the West as a whole for democracy to flourish in the Middle East and Africa.

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By: masrya http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3649 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:23:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3649 This article is written from a western point of view and yet again is misjudging the situation in Egypt, historically the Egyptian army represented the average Egyptian citizen against invaders that colonized Egypt such as the British and the French, The Egyptian army was and is supported by the average Egyptian who does not want to see Egypt turn into Syria,Libya,Sudan and other countries that are now enjoying the fruits of the democratic experience so called “Arab Spring”

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By: citizen_shmike http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3648 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:15:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3648 “soft power” was always just a journalistic cliche, it was never an actual strategy or thought about seriously. It only represents the decline of the American empire which peaked in the 1950’s. “soft power” only means normal power on a budget and with a war-weary american public.

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By: AdamSmith http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3634 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:55:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3634 The article says:
“Both before and after his election, al-Sisi’s army and police suppressed demonstrations by Brotherhood supporters with savage force: well over a thousand have been killed, hundreds condemned to death, thousands more imprisoned.”

These are the same words the USA leveled against Saddam Hussein, the military dictator of Iraq, as he fought Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq, and struggled to hold together a secular, non-Islamist government there.

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By: AdamSmith http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3633 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:51:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3633 The article says:
“Both before and after his election, al-Sisi’s army and police suppressed demonstrations by Brotherhood supporters with savage force: well over a thousand have been killed, hundreds condemned to death, thousands more imprisoned.”

These are the same words the USA leveled against Saddam Hussein, the military dictator of Iraq, as he fought Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq, and struggled to hold together a secular, non-Islamist government there.

The American invasion of Iraq, ostensibly to oust Saddam Hussein, was a gigantic mistake for which the whole world continues to pay. Who wanted and pushed America to invade Iraq? The British and American oil companies, the Israeli lobby, and the American military-industrial complex. All these institutions are still in power, and have since grown even wealthier and more powerful as the Middle East lays in ruins.

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By: bothandeach http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3620 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:49:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3620 Precious crap. USA fears and abhors Islam, and signs up Monarchies and Despots to fight them. And it is greedy for oil at all times – the thing that Islamic World did wrong in the USA eyes was go for those oil wells .. otherwise in it’s training it was entirely USA / Jordan / Israel’s plan. Now they fight for Islam, and I believe it will go some distance if only because they get so many willing recruits. In the meantime USA / UK / EU are being OVERTAKEN by Russia / China who are working together finally, and who will lead the rest of this century if not beyond. English may well not be the lingua franca that it now is …

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By: MuhammadFathy http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3619 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:23:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3619 Long live Egypt, all Egyptian people behind the president AL Sisi
Egyptian people and the Egyptian armed forces are heroes and stand together against the traitors at home and abroad
US, Qatar, Israel They can not topple Egypt
John Michael liar journalist writes for the money paid to him, he assistant the terrorists M. brotherhood such as Obama.

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By: brotherkenny4 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3618 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:02:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3618 Those who blindly follow any religion are never really free. We can hope all we want for democracy for the middle east but if they lack open rationality they will never achieve it. Of course, that is why democracy is also dying in the US, there is a lack of rational thought by the populous.

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By: baglanboy http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3617 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:44:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3617 American pluralism? That is long gone along with “soft power”. Committing a coup in the heart of Europe? Involving the EU in a costly toussle with Russia at a time of exceptional financial hardship as well as significantly postponing the end of austerity.

To launch another cold war is not illogical it is insanity. We are flogging off porcelain poppies with one hand and reaching for our guns with the other. Is this not madness, because if it isn’t I’d like someone to point out to me how it makes any sort of sense. Soft power has led to the sacking of the Middle east by crazed zealots whose very existence dates back to the Russian adventure in Afghanistan and the CIA led Mujahedin.

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By: No_apartheid http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2014/11/12/u-s-soft-power-hits-another-hard-reality-in-the-middle-east/#comment-3616 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:20:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=1825#comment-3616 Reapproachment with Isreal. Hahahahahahaha, Keep dreaming.

Isreal will not last very long, not in this neighborhood.

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