Wall Street Journal

Principal Beats Principle in the World Order

The new communists appeal to the world’s poor by promising to make them rich.

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship
Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on May 7, 2023. (Foreign Ministry of Quwait/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Sunday’s Arab League vote to readmit the blood-stained Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad should be a wake-up call for Washington. Longtime American allies such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have flipped from backing the U.S.-led effort to isolate and ultimately overthrow Mr. Assad to supporting the Sino-Russian goal of reintegrating him into the regional order.

Many factors go into such decisions, but the Arab League move is part of a wider trend that Washington can’t afford to ignore. It isn’t only nondemocratic countries like the Gulf Arab states tilting toward Russia and China these days. Democracies like Brazil and South Africa are rejecting American pleas to rally behind democratic Ukraine against autocratic Russia. Across the so-called Global South, few countries, democratic or not, are rushing to enlist in President Biden’s anti-autocracy crusade.

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