Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy.
Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a national vision designed to further the common good and respected institutions that govern political behavior. None of this is yet evident. Instead, the Arabs have organized themselves into corporatist entities—military, tribes, Islamists of varying persuasions, minorities, Shia—each determined to protect their own.
The death of Al Qaeda second in command Abu Yahya al-Libi in an American drone strike will have a significant impact on the terrorist organization, write Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau for the Daily Beast.
Al-Libi’s death seems to have shaken al Qaeda militants and Taliban fighters nearly as much as bin Laden’s did. U.S. officials tend to focus on al-Libi’s role as a planner of attacks, a “general manager” who was responsible for al Qaeda’s day-to-day operations, and as a gatekeeper for those who wanted to see or communicate with the elusive and irascible Zawahiri. And it’s true that the Libyan was a dangerous operational planner. But he also presided over al Qaeda’s religious council, and his extremist admirers viewed him more as an inspirational leader and motivator than as a field commander. That fact will make him far more difficult for the terrorist group to replace than any of the No. 2’s and 3’s who preceded him.
Haaretz: In attempt to garner votes, Obama is ignoring the Palestinians
Jerusalem Post: PM’s secret weapon: Kadima
Times of Israel: Israel and the boat people
New York Times: U.S. Attacks, Online and From the Air, Fuel Secrecy Debate
Washington Post: New massacre in Syria reported
Wall Street Journal: Annan Pursues Talks on Easing Assad Out