I applaud the concept of a unified region in the Middle East that would promote economic growth to millions of people in need. But it is once again an effort from the West to push a region to emulate its trading pattern. The West is not in the same turmoil as the MENA region.
The Obama administration should devote a portion of the new jobs program to matching this local investment in the arts infrastructure. The immediate gain in jobs will lead to the long-term benefit of stronger communities.