However, sanctioning Iran has not changed its aggressive behavior towards its neighbors. Ambassador Lukman Faily, Ambassador of Iraq to the U. I suspect that many, if not most leaders in the Arab world would privately agree with the very negative assessment of American intervention in Iraq that I have just given. No country is an island by itself. We have been setting up institutions that raise awareness about extremist ideologies, and initiating dialogues between different societies. Many of the speakers addressed what has been happening in Iraq and Syria and stated that Iraq was broken from the outside by the American invasion. Those of you who are Arabs, lend us your ideas for how to lead ourselves out of the dilemmas we now face.
Making a , at whatever level is right for you, will help enable the Council to educate, train, and prepare the emerging Arab-U. We are much the weaker for all of this. America needs Saudi Arabia in the fight against terrorism. In past conferences, I have heard The Prince speak and have always appreciated the perspectives he set forth to challenge my knowledge. I appreciate the opportunity to exchange views and gain fresh perspectives in this great city.
Two years ago, I stood before you and appealed to you to act against the biggest threats facing our world. Policies that should be the subject of active debate are accepted without a word of protest by a gullible public. Ambassador Faily delivered a keynote address on the second day of the 22nd Annual Arab-U. What a fantastic line-up of speakers from the Arab World joined by those in the American World with expertise in countries of the Middle East! Over the past decade America has had two presidents with polar opposite foreign policies on a range of issues. The opposition party not only does not oppose, it does not propose alternatives either because it has no ideas or because lacks confidence in those it has been too timid to advance.
In his keynote address, Ambassador Faily outlined the key threats to the Middle East, notably terrorism, sectarianism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. No one heeds the lion that does not roar but rolls over and plays dead as others cross his territory at will. America needs Saudi Arabia to help contain Iran. I speak for myself alone, not for any organization with which I am affiliated. Please do not imagine I am calling for war; far from it! The — What Paths Forward For America In And With The Arab Region? Once seen as the reliable champion of a generous and just international order based on the rule of law, the United States is now widely viewed as an inveterately selfish spoiler in international organizations and a scofflaw in international affairs. The law must take its course. The occupation generates the very phenomena it was intended to cure.
The dispossession of people from their land is an act of violence. It seems likely, in fact, that the people of Gaza have exchanged occupation by Israeli colonists and soldiers not for freedom but for a state of siege, in which their access to the outside world will continue to be controlled and perhaps severely restricted by their Israeli neighbors. As long as it continues, neither Palestinians nor Israelis will have personal security. The fact is, of course, that Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent. But their agony disturbs the peace of the world and wounds the hearts of billions beyond their borders. The Ambassador suggested that fostering economic interdependence across the Middle East could serve to counter political rivalries and encourage greater respect for state sovereignty. Those who turned their backs to Saudi gifted their opportunities to Russia, China and Europe.
And it is in that spirit that I say to our Arab friends here today, if you do not express your views and advocate your own interests, do not be surprised if they are insouciantly ignored and trampled upon. We need to be partners in the decision-making. Today, Iran poses an increasing threat to the whole world, not only the Middle East. Some of the same people who neoconned the United States into invading Iraq are now arguing for an attack on Iran as a means of ensuring that it does not eventually acquire nuclear weapons. Sharon, having driven off on his own road, has made it clear that he has no intention of pulling the road map out of the glove compartment and using it to navigate. The Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost my country its international reputation, many lives, and hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars. President Trump talks a good talk but hesitates to walk in a meaningful fashion.
Anthony recount a story of an American doctor's family that has always captured my imagination. Policymakers Conference The National Council's gathers internationally renowned specialists to analyze, discuss, and debate issues of over-arching importance to the American and Arab people's needs, concerns, interests, and key foreign policy objectives. Every nation has to put the interests of its people first. The two-day conference brought together internationally renowned specialists to discuss, debate and analyze issues of importance to the Arab and American people's interests and concerns. Moreover, the violent confrontation could at any moment, as it did in the past, spread its murder and mayhem well beyond the region.
The United States has not clarified its intentions. We are in unchartered waters. And as long as such Israeli violence against Palestinians continues, it is utterly unrealistic to expect that Palestinians will stand down from violent resistance and retaliation against Israelis. We have a political system premised on the notion of competition between two parties — an adversary process in which one party criticizes and proposes alternatives to the policies of the other. As in Iraq and Israel, the occupation is becoming the cause of the very problems it was meant to resolve.