In the solid “The Arab Spring and the West: Seven Lessons from History,” The Guardian‘s Seamus Milne reaches into the British Pathe News Video Archive to recall the oil-dependent fundamentals of West-Middle East Relations.
1) The West never gives up its drive to control the Middle East, whatever the setbacks.
2) Imperial powers can usually be relied on to delude themselves about what Arabs actually think.
3) The Big Powers are old hands at prettifying client regimes to keep the oil flowing.
4) People in the Middle East don’t forget their history – even when the US and Europe (conveniently) does.
5) The West has always presented Arabs who insist on running their own affairs as fanatics.
6) Foreign military intervention in the Middle East brings death, destruction, and divide and rule.
7) Western sponsorship of Palestine’s colonisation is a permanent block on normal relations with the Arab world.