November 6, 2007


Present at the Creation (David Brooks, 11/05/07, Der Spiegel)

It took a trip to the region for me to finally understand that this peace process is unlike any other. It's not really about Israel and the Palestinians; it's about Iran. Rice is constructing a coalition of the losing. There is a feeling among Arab and Israeli leaders that an Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas alliance is on the march. The nations that resist that alliance are in retreat. The peace process is an occasion to gather the "moderate" states and to construct what Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institution's Saban Center calls an anti-Iran counter-alliance. [...]

Iran has done what decades of peace proposals have not done -- brought Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinians and the U.S. together. You can go to Jerusalem or to some Arab capitals and the diagnosis of the situation is the same: Iran is gaining hegemonic strength over the region and is spreading tentacles of instability all around.

Instability is the point. Note that the solution to all four of these problems is destabilization? Statehood for South Lebanon and Palestine, regime change in Syria and voting Mahmoud out in Iran.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2007 8:47 AM

Regime change in Syria has a nice ring to it./

Posted by: Genecis at November 6, 2007 10:18 AM

It's almost like the article was tongue in cheek...

"Iran-Syria-Hezbollah-Hamas" v "Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinians and the U.S"?

I'll take them there odds any day.

Iran lost this shooting match much sooner than they had to by allowing the "chaos" of the Middle East to become clear.

Posted by: Benny at November 6, 2007 2:21 PM

We created the chaos. It benefits the Shi'a. It doesn't help Mahmoud.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 3:54 PM

I agree, OJ. I was referring to the status quo ante "chaos" and not the current situation. In the past, the reality was obscured for many, myself included. In that, the middle east was never really chaotic, then or now, we had just fallen for the bad guys' obfuscation. It was always the Shi'a va Sunni with the extremists of each side the real bad guys.

Posted by: Benny at November 6, 2007 4:25 PM