TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (ISNA)-"Modern Middle East Plan" shows the fact that the old version of democratizing and reform in the region known as the "Great Middle East Plan" has failed, Iran's parliament political studies bureau said in a research report.
The United States is trying to isolate Iran, Syria and movements such as Hamas and Hezbollah in order to prepare the grounds for normalizing and unifying the region's undemocratic and conservative countries with Israel.
George W. Bush's accession to power and placement of neoconservatives in his cabinet signaled a significant change in the U.S. foreign policy. September 11th attacks therefore provided that government with a good opportunity to spread its thoughts and ideas. The U.S. government with the aid of its politicians' theories and ideas proposed the plan of political reform and democratization for the Middle East countries with the pretext of a campaign against terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and mass destruction weapons. The ideas were later manifested under the title of "Great Middle East" but now after a couple of years since the presentation of the plan most experts and governments approve that the U.S. policies in the Middle East have failed.
Initially, democracy is a process and not a project to be implemented in a country. The process of political reforms and democratizing can not be borrowed from another country. Instead it is originated from the needs within the structure of a society. International experts believe that inherited thrones, the corruption of regional governors (mostly not elected by people's vote,) the cultural structure of the region which is not appropriate for democratization and most importantly the West secularism and liberalism not being accepted by the region's nations all declare that the Great Middle East Plan has failed.
Also the double-edged policy of the United States in the region has made the plan more complicated. Bush, on one hand is dreaming about democracy and on the other does not support elected governments of the region and does not recognize movements such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Instead he keeps on favoring Arab conservative regimes. Most important of all is Israel which shows the U.S., in order to protect Israel, prefers stability rather than democracy. To U.S., Israel is what should not be forgotten or threatened.
The research finally asserts that Bush's Great Middle East Plan was initially born dead.
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