Cross currents, shifting alliances, surrogate wars, civil strife — in the Middle East, it comes with the (often disputed) territory. That won’t change any time soon. Not with the region’s underlying and overarching cultural and religious conflicts.
As some offer up on Facebook, concerning their relationships, it’s complicated.
Thomas Friedman’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times (12/6/17) is interesting throughout. (See link below to the op ed.) A lot here about one of the world’s flash-points, the dynamics of balance-of-power politics, and the president’s announcement today that the American embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Which I think is a mistake, and risky in the extreme.
The White House spin on moving the embassy has been twofold: (1) The US will continue to advance an “ultimate” peace plan, and I hope so, although I believe this makes that more difficult; (2) the president has been determined to make good on his campaign pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Wish he’d have focused more on other campaign promises. Like a health plan for all, better and cheaper than the status quo. Like an overhaul of the nation’s infrastructure. Like breaking up the big banks. Like not playing so much golf. Given the danger, and opportunity, in the Middle East, I wish I thought he knew what he was doing.
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