by Barry Rubin
Obama continually ends up with egg on his face, while
The world is getting into the habit of making Obama look inept.
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev visited Syria and
How do we know about this alliance? Because
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be a "friend," and that
Syrian government newspaper al-Baa'th declared, in so many words, that the Middle East is coming together in an alliance to reject Westernization, artificial borders,
The comments from
[The Americans] are forced to leave the region. … [The
In its own way,
In the words of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, while standing next to Medvedev:
Unfortunately Palestinians have been split into two. … In order to reunite them, you have to speak to both sides. Hamas won elections in
Obviously, bringing Hamas into negotiations or melding it together with the existing Palestinian Authority would guarantee the failure of any talks, and possibly result in Hamas takeover of the West Bank, anti-American Palestinian leadership, and the renewal of war with
Yet commerce is only part of the picture. The current Russian leadership sees the
And finally, there is a genuine ambition to rebuild the old Russian/Soviet empire and spheres of influence.
In short, this is a problem for
A false issue is the idea that
Of course, there is no way that the
Presumably, the Russians would encourage
The situation with
The big picture? The
The situation is very bad, heading towards worse, and made all the more worrisome by the failure of the current
Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.
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