What dictators in that region can't fathom is how a democracy works. How President Obama could back down on the use of force because the American people and their congressional representatives didn't want another Middle East war. Such populist power is unknown in Arab countries. Yet it would be a big mistake to hold the view the US has chickened -out of the fray.
Just before Easter I wrote a blog on the causes of anti-Semitism as an adjunct to a piece done earlier by Mehdi Hasan. It wasn't particularly controversial. Yet, from most of the comments received one can visualize how some racism spreads through a lack of current events knowledge, revisionist history and just plain bigotry.
Current Hollywood hottie and A list actor Mila Kunis admits anti-Semitism was the main reason she and her parents left their native Ukraine for the USA some 20-year-ago. The curious aspect of this not so unusual event is that most Jews in that part of Eastern Europe were murdered during WW2. How could there be strong anti-Jewish sentiment?
To the north, two miles away, lies the friendly cosmopolitan Bauhaus bustle of Tel Aviv; to the south some 40 miles distant, lies Gaza. The ancient city of Jaffa has been caught in a warp of time, with a heterogeneous population of Jews, Christians and Muslims all co-existing in an atmosphere of modulated unease.
The latest round of warfare between Israel and Hamas may be over, but the problem and the roots of the problem still remain... the Palestinians are no closer to having their own homeland, Hamas is busy replenishing its now depleted rocket supply and the wider Arab world still refuses to accept that Israel, as Jewish homeland, has a place in the region.
When France was moralizing over the Armenian genocide the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan accused them of hypocrisy.
Israel's booming economy (it currently has a higher credit rating than America), its progressive relatively open nature and need for cheap labour are main reasons for the immigrant crush. Another reason is because it has the highest UN Human Development Index rating in the Mid East. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index.
Many Commentators on the left see the Libyan uprising, and that of Syria, as being different from the revolution sweeping the Arab World, that culminated in the removal of Zain El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt. Their judgment and predictions about the eventual outcomes in Libya and Syria are being impaired by this fundamental error.