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If You Thought 2016 Was Bad in the Middle East - Brace Yourself for 2017


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If You Thought 2016 Was Bad in the Middle East - Brace Yourself for 2017

Trita Parsi

It is difficult to be optimistic about the Middle East in 2017.

With the bloodshed in Aleppo, Mosul, Yemen and elsewhere in the region, the anger, hatred and sectarian divides have only grown deeper.

Indeed, while some point to Tehran celebrating its victory in Aleppo, success on the battlefield is coupled with even deeper divisions between Iran and some of its Arab or Sunni neighbours, paving a path towards greater conflict rather than reconciliation.


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I brought this link up in another article, but it seems appropriate here as well.


Especially the way things seem to be going this last couple of decades.
;-})

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Yah, none of this is teh fault of the good 'ole USA


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So true. Very appropriate, Steve. It's historically accurate as to the dozen of peoples who all claimed the Middle East in the past. They forgot John Wayne in "Cast a giant Shadow" landing in Palestine with Kirk Douglas and Frank Sinatra! They also forgot the USS Liberty and the USS Missouri shelling Lebanon, but maybe they can revise that in.

It speaks to the reptilian violence that is Man. It is in the genes of the Naked Ape to kill others and reproduce his offspring in their place. Blaming individual countries or races for the mess we are in is futile and does not fix the problem. But soon no one will be able to live there when it's 140 degrees in the shade from all Man's over-reproduction.

As you are fond of saying, "Mother Nature is coming, and boy is she pissed!"


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It is difficult to be optimistic about the***** in ***

With the bloodshed in ******, ******l, **** and elsewhere in the region, the anger, hatred and sectarian divides have only grown deeper.

Indeed, while some point to ******** celebrating its victory in *******, success on the battlefield is coupled with even deeper divisions between ***** and some of its **** neighbours, paving a path towards greater conflict rather than reconciliation.

The celebrations of today ring very hollow, as the region as a whole is likely heading towards greater instability in the year to come

Ultimately, as all parties involved should know, true security only stems from the ability to live in peace with one’s neighbours, not one’s ability to outgun them.

World history in five succinct paragraphs.


#6

That wasn't a bug, that was a feature.


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This article I posted last month and I believe it will be substantially correct for the next 4 years at least. Here is the repost:

Well
By: katesisco
the wrangling in Syria was actually about two different agendas. The Syrian government has not recognized the so-called 'independent' states in Northern Syria and the Russians and the US squared off on the issue of a Iraqi oil line to the Med thru the 'independent' states.
Aleppo it appeared was central to this issue.
Now that there is no fallen Aleppo, it will take years to 'liberate' Mosul---4 years probably. I suspect the 'elite' first strike force will be decimated and that 'surprise' will cause a halt and a long term rebuilding to coincide with yet another try at toppling Aleppo. The actual Aleppo 'war' was to keep the focus off of the ROJAVA situation. [Link]

Once the Iran, Turkey, and Syrian interests finish the Russian pipeline thru the 'independent' Syrian states to the Med, this crazy war will become moot.

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:52 UTC