Middle East in Obama's autobiography

 Barack Hussein Obama. The first black president in U.S. history. In this age of political malfeasance, Obama is known in the West as the voice of liberal democracy. A recent Obama autobiography, A Promised Land, has hit the market. 

The record was set on the first day of the sale. In his autobiography, Obama has arranged various stories of his political life. But these stories of Obama were not very delightful for everyone. 

Just as these stories serve as a remedy against Trump's racism in American society, it also shrouds the anti-colonial democracy in the Middle East.

To the people of Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, Obama is not known as the voice of democracy, but as a mature warrior.

Although published as an autobiography, A Promised Land is a political document of the Obama administration. In this political document, all the controversial issues that could undermine US hegemony abroad have been avoided. 

From Putin to Angela Merkel, Sarkozy, David Cameron, Manmohan Singh, Erdogan and many more names have come up in the short but descriptive form. Unusually, Narendra Modi's name has been omitted. 

Washington's relations with the Persian Gulf countries, the "Arab Spring" and various complex issues in the Middle East have also been covered. In his autobiography, Obama speaks out. 

But as successful as Obama was on domestic issues, he was also futile in trying to stop the war in the Middle East.

Despite winning the election in the hope of change, Obama has maintained the continuity of the wars of the Bush Senior and Junior. Obama burnt Syria and Libya in the same way that Bush Jr. burnt Afghanistan and Iraq. The only difference is in time, person and issue.

Thoughtful readers should remember that Obama came to power in 2009 amid the fires of false war imposed by the US on Afghanistan and Iraq. He promised to stop the war in the Middle East and change. He flew to Cairo in the summer of 2009 to initiate this change.

 In his speech in Cairo, Obama announced a new beginning for the United States with the "Muslim world." There was an uproar all around, realizing that democracy had come to the Middle East and peace had returned. 

But democracy did not come. New wars have come. Civil war has been imposed on the people of Syria and Libya in the name of the so-called 'Arab Spring'. 

Today, almost a decade later, standing on the deck of neutrality and analyzing the alleys of the 'Arab Spring' reveals a completely different picture from the traditional Western narrative.

Theoretically, a part of this different picture is recorded by the famous anthropologist Timothy Mitchell in his book Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil and the eminent Muslim thinker Tariq Ramadan in his book Islam and the Arab Awakening. 

Despite the limitations, both texts were written due to direct fieldwork, which led to insider news. Many of Mitchell and Ramadan's questions have been answered in this political document of Obama.

Timothy Mitchell is reluctant to call the Arab Spring "spring" in his book. Mitchell has tried to understand the "Arab Spring" with a difficult equation of oil production in the Middle East and the free supply of petrol in the international oil market. 

At the same time, Mitchell has questioned the viability of the protests and the rapid spread of the issue in a particular area. Mitchell's question is how the protests spread like wildfire in countries like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Bahrain. 

But protests in large oil-producing countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates did not spread quickly. Tariq, on the other hand, confined the incident to the Arab 'awakening'. He also pointed to various US companies, including Google and Facebook, which helped spread the protests to a specific area. 

Although not clear, the possible answers to Mitchell and Tariq's questions can be found in Obama's autobiography. "For half a century or more, the main purpose of American foreign policy in the Middle East has been to maintain political stability, ensure uninterrupted oil supplies, and prevent the influence of rival states (initially the Soviet Union and later Iran)" (p. 634). )

Obama's statement is a clear explanation of US policy in the post-World War II Middle East. Where not a democracy, but US-Israeli interests are paramount. And these interests are being implemented in the name of democracy, human rights, women's rights and blocking Iran and Russia. 

In January 2011, at the State of the Union address, Obama expressed solidarity with Tunisian protesters. But Obama did not show solidarity with protesters in Syria and Bahrain. Despite repeated protests, Hosni Mubarak was asked to step down as president, but he remained silent on Assad's issue.

Despite NATO-led airstrikes in Libya, the United States maintained the silence of the crematorium to protect protesters from Assad's guns in Syria. He spoke in support of the US Alliance but said that maintaining some independence was important for Hosni Mubarak. 

Where the Americans have found a 'sustainable ally', the protests have spread rapidly and seized control of the movement. In his book, Tariq discusses the issue of 'sustainable allies' in detail.

 Ever since he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, the United States has been looking for an alternative to Hosni Mubarak and a way to oust Gaddafi from the control of the frozen Libyan oil market.

 Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Egypt and David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy in Libya have helped the United States find at alternatives.

This post-so-called "spring" period was tragic, killing the prospect of a democratic movement against neo-colonialism in the Middle East. When Obama called on Hosni Mubarak to step down as president, he spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed  about the consequences of the call. 

In the talks, Zaid warned Obama that if the Muslim Brotherhood came to power after Mubarak, monarchies would collapse in almost all Gulf countries. Americans will lose their eternal allies. Everyone knows what happened next.

 In the wake of constant provocations in the US-UAE-Israel bloc, the Sisi has killed the elected president in jail and sent him away. Crown Prince bin Zayed has used Obama's courage in the civil wars in Syria and Libya and in his attempts to overthrow elected governments in Tunisia and Turkey.

 The latest deal with the Israeli occupiers has defeated the Palestinian anti-occupation movement.

Interestingly, in his autobiography, Obama called Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the killer of democracy in the Middle East, "a young sophisticated and perhaps the most intelligent leader on the Arabian Peninsula" (p. 648). Readers must have understood that it is not a democracy, but the real fact is US alliance.

Many in the West see Obama as the champion of democracy. Obama has changed the face of white-dominated US politics. But that change in action was limited to the United States.

 Although Obama is read in the West as a champion of capitalist democracy, he will be read in history as a destroyer of democracy in international, especially Middle Eastern politics. 

One of the masterminds of the civil war in Syria and Libya, the instigator of the killer Sisi who assassinated the first elected president in the history of modern Egypt, has been accused of killing thousands of people indiscriminately by drone in Afghanistan. 



Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell have repeatedly proved that terrorism has no religion, gender or caste. Terror is nothing but terror.

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