Revolt Checklist: 9 Reasons the Masses Seek to Overthrow the Rulers of the Middle East

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March 25, 2011 22:16
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REASON #5: FOREIGN INTERFERENCE

Acts of foreign interference can be described as activities carried by or on behalf of, are directed or subsidised by or are undertaken in active collaboration with, a foreign power. Such activities are usually clandestine or deceptive and are carried on for intelligence purposes. They are also carried on for the purpose of affecting political or governmental processes. Such activities are detrimental to the interests of a nation and involve threat to a person, group of people or the nation as a whole.

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People across the Middle East often vent their anger against the US foreign policy and interference in their internal matters by burning flags and effigies. They perceive US intervention as the biggest obstacle to peace and prosperity in the region. The US is infamous for its historic support for autocratic and despotic regimes in the Middle East region. Photo - Demotix Images

Middle East stands to be one of the most active regions of foreign interference. From meddling into the affairs of the state by regional players to direct/indirect interference by US and other western powers, this region has seen more than its share of foreign interference.

Lebanon is a hapless victim of foreign intervention in the Middle East region that faced brutal invasions and braved civil wars incited by regional powers. The country’s fragmented socio-political scenario provided ideal conditions to the outsiders who furthered their interests at the expense of Lebanese national interests. Iran and Syria armed and aided Shia militants and named them Hezbollah whereas Israel propped up the Christian Phalange militias that went on to massacre thousands of people from rival sectarian groups. On the top sat powers like US, France and Russia that benefitted from the arms trade while the country was being reduced to ashes. The situation is so grim in Lebanon today that governments in Beirut are formed or toppled on the directives coming from either Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh, Tel Aviv or Washington DC.

Flash points: Algeria, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan.

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