Skip to comments.Caroline Glick: The New Middle East
Posted on 03/05/2011 10:44:39 AM PST by mojito
A new Middle East is upon us and its primary beneficiary couldnt be happier. In a speech Monday in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Politburo Chief Gen. Yadollah Javani crowed, Irans pivotal role in the New Middle East is undeniable.
Today the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation enjoys such a power, honor and respect in the world that all nations and governments wish to have such a ruling system.
Irans leaders have eagerly thrown their newfound weight around. For instance, Iran is challenging Saudi Arabias ability to guarantee the stability of global oil markets.
For generations, the stability of global oil supplies has been guaranteed by Saudi Arabias reserve capacity that could be relied on to make up for any shocks to those supplies due to political unrest or other factors. When Libyas teetering dictator Muammar Gaddafi decided to shut down Libyas oil exports last month, the oil markets reacted with a sharp increase in prices. The very next day the Saudis announced they would make up the shortfall from Libyas withdrawal from the export market.
In the old Middle East, the Saudi statement would never have been questioned. Oil suppliers and purchasers alike accepted the arrangement whereby Saudi Arabian reserves defended by the US military served as the guarantor of the oil economy. But in the New Middle East, Iran feels comfortable questioning the Saudi role.
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“Russias announcement last Saturday that it will sell Syria the Yakhont supersonic anti-ship cruise missile was a testament to Irans rising regional power and the USs loss of power.
Russia signed a deal to provide the missiles to Syria in 2007. But Moscow abstained from supplying them until now just after Iran sailed its naval ships unmolested to Syria through the Suez Canal and signed a naval treaty with Syria effectively fusing the Iranian and Syrian navies.”
And now, four years later, the missiles may not be quite the hot number they once were.
Russia has consistently been running out the clock and dropping sabots into the works when dealing with the islamics, while still getting money :).
We’re engaging with the rest of the world. The rest of the world aren’t going to sit aroundn and be ok while you’re setting your thermostat on 68 in the summer and driving your SUV.
Worth reading in full.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration has failed completely to understand what is happening.
[SecStateHillary] Clinton told the House of Representatives and the Senate that Irans increased power means that the US should continue to arm and fund Iran’s allies and support the so-called democratic forces that are allied with Iran.
So it was that Clinton told the Senate that the Obama administration thinks it is essential to continue to supply the Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese military with US arms. Clinton claimed that she couldn’t say what Hezbollah control over the Lebanese government meant regarding the future of US ties to Lebanon.
So, too, while Palestinian Authority leaders burn President Barack Obama in effigy and seek to form a unity government with Irans Hamas proxy, Clinton gave an impassioned defense of US funding for the PA to the House Foreign Relations Committee this week.
Clintons behavior bespeaks a stunning failure to understand the basic realities she and the State Department she leads are supposed to shape. Her lack of comprehension is matched only by her colleague Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ lack of shame and nerve. In a press conference this week, Gates claimed that Iran is weakened by the populist waves in the Arab world because Iran’s leaders are violently oppressing their political opponents.
In light of the Obama administration’s refusal to use US military force for even the most minor missions like evacuating US citizens from Libya without UN approval, it is apparent that the US will not use armed force against Iran for as long as Obama is in power.
And given the administration’s refusal to expend any effort to protect US interests and allies in the region lest the US be accused of acting like a superpower, it is clear that US allies like the Saudis will not be able to depend on America to defend the regime. This is the case despite the fact that its overthrow would threaten the US’s core regional interests.
Caroline Glick knows what she is talking about - good article. I would add that Iran set the foundation for war by proxy back in very early 1980’s (Glick refers to it per S. Lebanon), and has been fighting asymmetric battles since the end of Iraq-Iran war in 1988. They have always known that they won’t stand a chance of winning in a conventional war.
Concurrently, they’ve been fighting on a different front/level, which has been the gradual propagation of Islam, Islamic practices & sentiments in the West. This has been done, so far, together with other moslem & non-moslem groups & individuals, primarily, by employing a ‘soft’ approach.
Noteworthy is the preamble in the Iranian constitution: “The Assembly of Experts for Constitution...fram[ed] the Constitution...[after input] by the government...with the hope that this century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and the downfall of all others.”
(Although this constitution was written in 1980 for Iran after the overthrow of the Shah, its objective was always to take the ‘Islamic revolution’ beyond Iran’s borders. It has historical precedent [Samanid dynasty in Iran circa 9th century AD]. One can consider the recent events throughout the ME & North Africa as a continuation to fulfil this objective.)
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“So long as the Iranian regime remains in power, it will be that much harder for the Egyptians to build an open democracy or for the Saudis to open the kingdom to liberal voices and influences. The same is true of almost every country in the region. Iran is the primary regional engine of war, terror, nuclear proliferation and instability. As long as the regime survives, it will be difficult for liberal forces in the region to gain strength and influence.”
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