March 30, 2012

Arab States Redraw the Map of Alliances

Jamal Khashoggi, The National

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While Syria's army cruelly and stupidly shells its own people and storms its cities, the so-called "axis of resistance" stretching from Tehran to Damascus is falling apart. Said axis spent the last decade waging a cold war against the "bloc of moderates" led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt in partnership with Jordan, the UAE and Morocco.

Prior to that divide, Arab leaders forged all sorts of axes and alliances. Some survived and evolved, others fell by the wayside. Positions changed, plots hatched and even blood was spilt during the process.

Are Arabs predestined to leave one axis and enter another, or is that something of the past?

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TAGGED: Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Arab Spring

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