Middle East Notes and Comment: Pardon Me
October 30, 2006
There is plenty to atone for in Arab politics. Heavy handed tactics of oppression and civil strife have embittered people across the region for decades. In other societies wrecked by similar conflicts, pardons and amnesties have been used to help heal these wounds. In the Middle East, however, they are more often disingenuous political maneuvers, used to strengthen the regime and manipulate opposition forces rather than engage them.