Unformatted text preview: market. You will not find the US in health services, poverty treatment, cultural activity or any development issue, except if it involves commercial transactions. I believe that the Middle East is the only region where American NGOs are not present. At least they are not in the Gulf. This could be a product of a belief that the region is wealthy, its people do not need help and if they do they can buy it. This was true in the past, but now it is a myth. So, Washington needs to reconsider its whole presences in the region. It should not be limited to high politics. It has to have good and benevolent side too. Otherwise, US image will continue to be bad, which will feed negative attitudes towards everything American. So, please get involved positively. Do not just think of cold-war tools, i.e., misinformation and propaganda. Be close to the kids, the youth, the poor and the oppressed then you will find a hospitable Middle East....
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- Spring '09
- History, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates