Of the thousands of analysts and pundits who follow the Middle East tear itself apart, many notice a distinguishable pattern. Almost all powerful actors have one or more proxies fighting their battles. Except the Arabs who seem to be relying on the flavor du jour to press for their sovereignty.
The Trump administration on Friday hit Iran with new sanctions that target its largest petrochemical company. The company is providing support to the Revolutionary Guard Corps. When Iran ignores Trump overtures, Trump hits back. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company; in addition to 39
Lebanon is witnessing a Hezbollah war against Syrian children. Reuters reported that “At least 15,000 Syrian children will be at risk of homelessness if the Lebanese government goes ahead with the planned demolition of “semi-permanent structures” built by refugees in eastern Lebanon, aid agencies warned on Tuesday” The aid agencies
On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump urged Russia to stop bombing Idlib province. It came on the heels of the Kremlin statement that signaled Moscow would continue to back the Assad offensive. Trump wrote in a Twitter post: Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are
The American strategy of kicking Iran out of Syria based on economic sanctions is short-sighted. It relies on a single chess move in a complex chessboard. The key to protecting our allies lies in regime change in Syria because one must imagine an Obama-like US President ascending to power again.
The European Union called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province. It said Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government must protect civilians under siege. Its statement is indicative of an EU expecting more Syrian refugees to flood the continent. If either Russia or Turkey decide to use