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Raid on the Capitol: Reaction in the Arab World

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22.01.2021

“The US and Fake Democracy,” “The American Picture with Iraqi Flavor,” and “The Rising End of US Exceptionalism and Trumpism.” “America. The Tests of Freedom and Responsibility.” These and similar headlines precede the Arab media’s coverage of the storming of the US Congress on January 6 this year. This event and its repercussions caused and continue to cause a flood of diverse responses.

A number of Middle Eastern political analysts compare what happened in Washington to outbreaks of violence in countries in their region. Thus, the Iraqi author recalls the storming by supporters of the radical Imam M. Al-Sadr of the national parliament building in Baghdad in 2016 during mass protests. Another describes the 1979 attempted seizure of the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca by a group of religious fanatics. A third draws a parallel between the picture of hundreds of heavily armed American National Guardsmen filling the corridors of the Capitol and the Arab soldiers’ involvement in coups that have taken place in the region since the 1960s.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anba, the Capitol attack will continue to dominate analyst and political circles around the world for a long time to come. It cannot be considered a purely internal matter of a country that for decades pretends to be the vanguard of democracy, human rights and freedoms on the planet. If this had happened somewhere in a third-world country, you can........

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