Monday, December 27, 2010

Understanding the puzzle

The Arabs vs. Iran: What They Really Think -Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

One of the major points raised about the recent leak of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is the apparent hostility Gulf Arab leaders display towards Iran in private. However, viewing the present Middle East as a cold war between an Arab front and Iran is simplistic.

It is more accurate to note that the current cold war is between what Daniel Pipes terms a "revolutionary bloc," led primarily by Turkey, Syria and Iran, and a "status-quo" bloc, headed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
(Hudson Institute-New York)

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