2002 November 19 Tuesday
Amir Taheri In Pillars Of French Arab Policy

What would De Gaulle have thought of the idea of Arab strongman regimes getting nuclear weapons?

Devised by the late General De Gaulle in the early 1960s , this is based on three assumptions.

The first is that it is natural for Arabs to be ruled by a "strongman."

The second is that the Arab "strongman" has no particular principles apart from a keen desire to stay alive and in power.

The third is that, if handled intelligently, the Arab "strongman" could be useful to the West.

The "strongman" could take decisions that no democratic government, subject to the pressure of elections, would be able to take.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 November 19 01:14 AM 


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