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Why Arab allies don’t trust the US for Ukraine


My discussions over the past few days with Arabs — senior government officials, prominent business people and former diplomats — underscore the divide between how the war in Ukraine is generally viewed in the Middle East and here in America.

For many in the United States, shock at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given way to outrage, as every day brings stories of torture, rape and brutality more chilling and gruesome than the stories from yesterday. In the face of Russian aggression, Americans believe they are on the right side of history by firmly supporting the courageous Ukrainians who are defending their homeland.

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