The hypocrisy revealed in European responses to the Middle East’s humanitarian crises was entirely consistent with the bankruptcy of American claims to high-minded attachment to liberty and freedom, that was dramatically exposed during the uprisings.
Confronted with the opportunity to actually put those sentiments into action during the uprisings, however, the US - and its European allies - were immobilized by interests - interests in stability, in security, in economic access - and perhaps bigotry as well. Virtually everywhere they failed to honor the values they had so strenuously advocated.
Small wonder that the election of Donald Trump was welcomed across the region. A transactional deal-maker with no patience for moralizing, he seemed, perhaps oddly to his detractors in the US and Europe, to be straightforward and clear-eyed. The peoples of the Middle East and North Africa who had protested government corruption and incompetence could expect no succor from the United States or its allies. They were on their own, as they actually had been all along; now it was simply undisguised by empty pieties.