THE MOOR NEXT DOOR: There was little new in Obama’s ‘Arab Spring’ speech. Nervous light criticism of Bahrain, no reference to Gulf allies and a minor poke of Israel.
HISHAM WYNE: President Obama delivered a fluent summing up of recent developments. For those closer to the action, however, there was little new or substantive.
HISHAM WYNE: There is much speculation about who has replaced bin Laden. The fertile conditions for the organisation persist, particularly in Pakistan.
MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: As of 2010, US taxpayers have granted $61.3 billion in military aid to Israel that has yet to produce any peace or end violence.
ANDREW MACKAY: Even the BBC’s Washington correspondent noted how adroitly the US administration had trod the line between triumphalism and glee at bin Laden’s death.
JUAN COLE: The United States has clearly learned from the propaganda disaster that resulted from the release of Saddam Hussein’s filmed execution.
STEVE ROYSTON: For a man who so craved attention to spend his final years locked up in that villa must have felt like a living death.
TMND: Bin Laden’s death will have an important psychological affect on Americans (particularly given the popular and public response) and their overall view of the War on Terrorism.
JUAN COLE: Post Osama, President Obama should do us all a favour and now remove U.S. troops from Iraq.
RAMZY BAROUD: There is a lot of discussion and political calculation bouncing around the corridors of power in Washington about Libya.
JAMES M. DORSEY: The Obama administration has been working hard behind the scenes to enlist the EU and Turkey in efforts to isolate Syria.
OSAMA AL SHARIF: The Libyan revolution could easily slip into a prolonged civil war – the worst outcome for all. Lawlessness, Humanitarian crisis…
OMAR AL-ISSAWI: Omar al-Mukhtar was the leader of resistance to colonial rule in Libya eight decades ago. Born in eastern Libya, the heart of current resistance today, his words resonate strongly.
RAMZY BAROUD: The word ‘revolution’ is overused in the Arab world. What’s happening today in Egypt is rather more deserving.
DAVID SCHWARTZMAN, MAI ABDUL, MONDOWEISS: The Middle East peace process is going nowhere fast and interested parties are giving up on the U.S.
OMAR AL-ISSAWI: Please show respect to these people who have sacrificed their lives, shed blood, endured brutality, battled a 21st Century cavalry of camels…
DALIA MOGAHED: The majority of Egyptians want democracy and see no contradiction between the change they seek and the values to which they surrender.
ROB L. WAGNER: Both the United States and Israel are nervously anticipating what role the Muslim Brotherhood will play in the future of Egypt. But Western leaders can rest easy…
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: Richard Grenell has attacked President Obama for appointing an ambassador to Syria. The attack though is littered with factual inaccuracies.