Only an imagined America will champion democracy in the Arab world | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Only an imagined America will champion democracy in the Arab world

A delegation of Sudanese opposition representatives was recently in Washington, seeking to convince administration officials that they should declare US backing for the opposition.

That, the Sudanese claimed, would improve greatly the chances of their nation making a successful transition to democracy. In a private discussion with a small group of Middle East analysts, including this writer, members of the delegation would not be convinced that the Trump administration has demonstrated much more support for strongmen in power than for their opponents, and that there was no chance it would back opposition forces, except in the vaguest of rhetorical statements.

The belief that this US administration might come to their aid endured.

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