Friday, December 02, 2016

Anarchy and chaos in the Middle East: History of Western policies

You know there is a story about Anthony Eden (did you know that he studied Persian and Arabic at Oxford? He was good with languages because he also was fluent in French and German) told by Anthony Nutting: that when Eden was fuming about Nasser in 1956, he was warned that there is no government ready to replace him. Eden fumed and yelled: "I don't care if there is anarchy and chaos in Egypt." This utterance still applies in Western policies toward the Middle East.