The word "chaos" has never been more perfect -- not only to describe events in the Middle East, but also the West's policies, with the United States at the forefront, in this part of the world at this time. The latest development in this regard pertains to the air forces of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates bombing the international airport in Tripoli, Libya -- without giving the U.S. prior notification -- to prevent it falling into the hands of Islamists there.
Libya is just another example of the problematic relationship between Washington and its traditional allies in our region. The strained relations stem from their anger at the Obama administration's policies, beginning with what they perceive as the abandonment of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, to Washington's criticism of Saudi Arabia for intervening in Bahrain on behalf of the regime there, to their concern that the U.S. lacks the resolve to stymie Iran's hegemonic and nuclear ambitions.
n our vicinity, Hamas is the Palestinian expression of this ideology and practice, employed by ISIS and other Islamist groups. And although it wants to achieve its goal in phases: first the destruction of Israel and establishment of a Palestinian state, and only then an Islamic "caliphate" throughout the region -- this difference is inconsequential. The only place the Islamists have thus far suffered a defeat is Gaza, but has the enlightened West understood yet that Israel's victory is also a victory for the entire free world?
This, therefore, is the new Middle East, not as former President Shimon Peres imagined it, but as it really is. More