Michael Young's latest editorial, "The Obama Delusion", on the US President's alleged unresponsiveness to events in the Middle East, Syria in particular, is one of many penned by Young and others recently, criticizing the US's supposed failure to "lead" in the region.
I am not going to defend US foreign policy here. I do, however, take issue with the campaign to paint the US as inactive, uninterested, or "amoral".
No self-respecting country in the world will look outwards without paying attention to its own interests. It is unrealistic of Lebanese, and others advocating a different policy approach, to expect this nation to "lead" or solve problems outside the scope of the national interest.
There is another kind of delusion rampant in some "expert" circles. The one that expects this nation to help people who will not help themselves, and who would rather wait for intervention, American or divine, to guide themselves and their people out of their own problems. The one that sees events through a defunct prism, in complete disregard of history and the realities of the world, where no one nation possesses a magic wand to cure wars and conflicts.
There are many priorities a leader inherits. Many decisions have to be made, and none of them are made in isolation of others. I would like to see pundits aiming their loaded words at more difficult targets, and stop dreaming of the great wizard who in one flick of the wand, can change hearts and minds, and bring about peace outside the walls of his nation.