A few years ago, in either Foreign Affairs or Foreign Policy (post-Iraq invasion), there was an article written by an American who was very skeptical about the prospect of creating a Western-style democracy in an Arab/Middle Eastern society that is so firmly entrenched in tribal, clan, and familial loyalties, that the notion of the rule of law and the good of all wither in such a society. Sadly, I think it's true and it is this very stagnant style of society that has also hindered substantial development in the Arab world in general.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
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