Arab Unity is Gone in the Face Of Gaza – But there is hope

I refer to the most recent doha debate in February 2009 , on Arab Unity as being dead and buried. The problem during the debate was that at the outset there was no consensus on what constitutes as THE indicator of Arabs being united. Does it refer to the popular solidarity such as the one seen in the face of ISraeli agressions against Arabs in 2006 and in Gaza 2009? Or is Arab unity defined by the intransigent and fragmented Arab political regimes and their leaders failing to agree on a whole range of issues affecting them curently? The debators surprisingly are in agreement about one thing though- that there IS  popular grassrots unity among the Arab people while there is not an iota of unity among the Arab Regimes.

The Arab League is a joke occupied by intractable and insecure old tyrants whose only concern it seems is their ability to stay in power. It has come to a point where they have to take draconian measures to prevent the Arab people from exercising their right to voice out this unity and muffle the loud noises that are coming from the ground seeking concerted political action against anti-Arab elements in Israel, the jewish Diaspora and a militarily adventurous US administration.

If we can see that Arab leaders are so disunited while the Arab people are – it can only mean one thing – that the Arab leaders are out of touch with the sentiments of their people. And to keep the staus quo of their positions they try to muffle the ground sentiments by their iron fisted, authoritarian rule. Some even use Islam as their reasons to justify the wanton suppression of women.

It is clear, from a political point that as long as Authoritarian regimes that oppress it’s people exist and there is severe repression of political dissent, there can never be any headway to be made towards Arab unity, peace and prosperity.

The Arab’s political disunity is too glaring and too impoartant to be disregarded as inconsequential to the question of Arab unity even in the face of a unity at the popular grassroots level simply because the leaders face the world, their opinion is what counts, they hold the power, they represent the people (even though they misrepresent them). This is largely due to the nature of Authoritarian rule where the balance of power is grossly tilted in favour of those who rule. This gives the leaders of such regimes an undue amount of clout and the reality of their political power under such a circumstance affords them the unjustifiabe privilege of their positions and opinions as being representative of its entire people. So the Arabs ARE disunited in that sense because popular Arab unity is grossly underweighted in the face of Arab political disunity because of the concentration of power and clout is in a single person or entity. In such a system political character and con stitution is the true definition and representation of the state of affairs.

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