The Arab countries need to translate their wealth -- with vision, intelligence and determination -- into political power to resolve the many conflicts which sap their energies, afflict their people, and prevent them from taking their proper place in the world, argues Patrick Seale.
Arab oil producers are awash in wealth. They have never been so rich. But the paradox is that, in spite of their great and growing wealth, their political weight in the world remains small, even derisory. They have not -- or at least not yet -- converted their wealth into political influence on a global scale.
This is particularly striking in the Arabsí own Middle East region. Why, one wonders, have the Arabs not been able to resolve the grave crises in Iraq and Lebanon, which are tearing their region apart? Why have they allowed the United States to neglect Arab interests in the festering Ara
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