Gaza Crisis and its impact on the Muslim World & the West
Op-Ed, Agence Global, January 7, 2009
BEIRUT - Of course, the immediate consequences of the Israeli assault on Gaza are felt primarily by the Palestinians in Gaza. But the political shockwaves will be felt throughout the Arab world in forms that cannot be easily predicted today. The Israeli attempt to inflict patricide -- the killing of a country -- on Gaza emphasizes a series of transformational trends that have been clear throughout the Arab region for about the past quarter century.
The most important trend concerns the reconfiguration of power, legitimacy and activism in the modern Arab state. As governments in existing Arab states effectively ignore what is happening in Gaza -- to judge by their political immobility -- we will continue to witness the weakening impact, control and even the legitimacy of many of those regimes. We will also continue to see the rise of non-state actors who become so strong and credible that they should be called parallel states.
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