Tariq Ali

TARIQ ALI: “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome”

Few days ago I wrote a post about ‘The denial of democracy to the Arab World’ and I was impressed with Tariq Ali’s explanation of what role USA and UK play in the current uprising in Libya and mainly in the Middle East.  If you haven’t seen it yet then click here to see the interview.

Tariq Ali impressed me with his straight forward talk which happens to be both accurate, knowledgeable and well informed, something which I find to be increasingly rare occurrence by commentators who address the public about global affairs.  Soon after my first post about Tariq Ali’s interview I received an email from a reader who pointed me to another talk by Tariq Ali on “Obama’s Afghan-Pak Syndrome” – after watching this talk I was once again over-impressed by Tariq Ali, so impressed that I decided to share this here with you.

The reason why I find this talk interesting and believe to be ‘a must’ watch is because, Afghanistan seems to be a strategic battle ground for all great empires.  It is here where we have seen great world dominant nations like Russia fall and where in history military conquests have collapsed – instead of learning from history we find our countries involved in a war in the same geographic location where no military has succeeded.

Tariq Ali is author of more than 20 books, including history, politics, and fiction. His most recent books are Protocols of the Elders of Sodom (2009) and The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (2008). He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, New Left Review, and the London Review of Books.

British-Pakistani writer, journalist, and historian Tariq Ali spoke at Hampshire College on November 17 for the the Twelfth Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture. The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor.

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Tariq Ali Explains: The denial of democracy to the Arab World

The best explanation so far into how the west mainly USA and UK are denying democracy to Arab world.  The west had painted a picture that the Arabs were genetically incapable of adopting democracy and the incompatibility with Islam.  Well Tariq Ali hits the nail in the head on this issue:

It is further evident that west (mainly USA and UK) do not give a crap about the Arabs as this is all about Israel and its existence.  The leaders for the Arabs are chosen by the west to play ball with the west and support the existence of Israel.  Any leader who eventually turns against Israel is literally erased off the face of the planet (Saddam Hussein) or turned into an enemy (Iran and Pakistan).  Rep Ron Paul grills Hillary Clinton a few days ago on US Middle East meddling: