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Friday, 23 December 2011


Mannie Sherberg
What we're seeing in the Middle East may someday be called the Great Simplification. All those national borders we're used to seeing on maps of the Middle East are becoming meaningless. Pretty soon, the only thing that will have any meaning -- apart from Israel -- are the three remaining Muslim centers of power: Saudi Arabia (and whatever allies it can find); Iran (and its Iraqi, Syrian, and Lebanese puppets), and Egypt. Jordan is a wild card at the moment, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it become part of a PA-Hamas-Jordanian axis, which will rent itself out to one or the other of the three power centers. We can look for all important decision-making to come from Mecca, Tehran, and Cairo. Nothing much else will matter. If, in the midst of this realignment, the West continues to pressure Israel for "concessions" (a euphemism for "suicide"), then the West is itself suicidal -- a notion that I think is becoming more real every day.

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