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Arabs and the American elections

Over the years, this part of the world has remained a zone of US influence

Turki Aldakhil

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Do Arabs overreact when it comes to following the American elections?

If we take facts into account, the answer will be clear. American presence in the Middle East and the Arab region started with mutual interests, agreements and alliances based on the Eisenhower principle. This continued during the war of the liberation of Kuwait and American intervention in Iraq in 2003. Over the years, this part of the world has remained a zone of US influence.

Of course, relations between the Gulf and the United States have been more honest, solid and productive. However, this changed during Barack Obama’s stint in the White House.

Arabs began to feel that America let them down and gave Iran the upper hand in the region. It withdrew from vital areas and allowed Russia to dominate one area after another. Perhaps, handing over Syria to Russia is the clearest example of the Obama-US retreat.

Arabs’ US election fever is not an exaggeration. They are keen to know about these elections as they influence Gulf interests. They also go a long way in finding solutions to Arab problems.

American presence in the Middle East and the Arab region started with mutual interests, agreements and alliances based on the Eisenhower principle

Turki Aldakhil

Right to understand

It is the Arabs’ right to follow up on American elections, and being interested in the future of the strongest country in the world – perhaps the strongest in history, as it controls policies, economy and wars – cannot be called an overreaction.

American values have become a global standard whether they are related to food, clothing or tolerance. Other powers such as Russia and China do not have the American values, which emerge from solid bases, laws and principles, refined over centuries.

That’s America for you, with all its charm and madness!

This article was first published in Okaz on Nov. 09, 2016.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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