They [the Arab governments] are not proper governments. Divided into two camps, they either receive financial aid from the US or receive security protection. They can't say no to their master.
Isn't just flat out stating that the UAE government (along with all the other Arab governments) is illegitimate and is simply a puppet of the US? Please note: I am NOT saying that the UAE government is illegitimate and a puppet of the US. But I don't see any other way that Abdul Bari Atwan's statement could be interpreted. Am I missing something here?