Impact of U.S., Arab relations amid violent protests
Who is organizing Mid-East violence?
- Duration 4:27
- Date Sep 17, 2012
Who is organizing Mid-East violence?
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Well as anti American protests continue to spring up around the world spreading to dozens of countries in a matter of days.
There are new concerns over what impact the riots will have on the future of US Arab relations Wally Ferris is a Fox News Middle East and terrorism analyst.
Doctor Ferris is also a senior advisor on foreign policy and national security.
To governor Romney but he is not speaking on behalf of the campaign in this particular interview.
-- it's always good to have you join us to share your perspective.
The first question that comes to mind for any American right now is why is this happening in the first place is it really -- reaction to a video insult to Islam.
Or is it something more sinister such as terrorists.
Look from the previous similar campaigns that would be Guantanamo.
Abu Ghraib the burning the first score on in similar incidents.
What happened usually is that there is a command and control and that's not a few networks in those Islamist networks that decides if this is the moment if -- -- incidents.
That we should have though is reaction against.
Because that incident took place of the posting of the video to miss a while ago and remember the Khartoum.
Five years ago they were published in September the demonstration as a -- and generally.
So certainly the video is and flammable is very strong for the feelings of many people.
But what is also certain is that there was an organization.
That mobilize against the embassies and consulates.
-- we're talking of those organizations Wally you know I've discussed as soon and person as well as right here on television.
And we know that the United States has to be right all the time in terms of security forces al-Qaeda or any type of terrorist group.
Has to be lucky just once is that what happened here.
Yes absolutely but the important thing is that from a Washington perspective we need to explain to the American public what what -- -- what we're dealing with.
Simulators on the top you have the most about the hunt down in charge of Egypt.
Of Tunisia and they have strong influence in Libya.
Now -- I'm not supposed to be dealing with demonstrations I mean these regimes should not be the ones calling for these demonstrations because that's against international law.
They should be you know asked to stop the violent demonstrations but below them Kelly there's this layer of some office these -- networks of extremists -- not connected.
Basically to al-Qaeda in principle but have some.
You know connection by individuals none of those some of the Jihad as are the ones who have been organizing these demonstrations and it's -- Great concern that al-Qaeda could be at the edge of these subtleties you how to move right and right how they were able to.
As -- on top of that as long as he's kind of groups exist in our operating throughout the Middle East.
How well -- it or what should the United States be doing to quell the violence protect our diplomats and regions that are -- style and find a way to improve relations with the Arab world.
-- the ideal moment who find those good relations -- the onset of the Arab Spring you and I have discovered that many times.
When in Egypt for example in Tunisia the first wave we're made of young people -- -- minorities Google people FaceBook people.
Unfortunately out choice at that time political choice west to partner with the most about the that has consequences because -- once that was about it and are in power.
They have this out of the Jihad he would and so what we need to do now is just protect our embassies our confidence and put pressure.
On the Libyan and Egyptian government to go against the soft Jihad -- and al-Qaeda.
And at the turmoil persists what's at stake for the United States as well as our allies in the Middle East particularly Israel.
What -- support Israel is going to be under pressure they know what it's gonna come from the south from Gaza and Egypt these -- Jihad in order affected our embassies are also organizing in the Sinai Peninsula.
And and and off if you don't do much about Syria then you gonna have the Iranian influence and Hezbollah influence from the and also Israel is really sandwiched between those -- pressures.
With regard the United States obviously what we see right now is they're widening of this violence I have.
No idea you know that the project how white it would go -- -- in the next few weeks so what should our foreign policy be right now what can the Obama administration do right now.
-- we need to protect every single interest that we have and be conscious that this could happen again.
-- we need to be very firm with president morsi in Egypt and ask him.
Not just such a statement but to actually dismantle those networks and work with the Libyan government forced -- to the fact -- a government.
To go after al-Qaeda and this armed Islamist militias these -- -- four points of the program without suggest such an important move hopefully people were paying attention in Washington.
-- -- -- thank you for your perspective.
Good day to thank you for having me thank you.