Politics and Strategy - Middle East Countries and TerrorismMiddle East Politics and Strategy are the themes of many study guides on the subject. For years this has been the case. Middle East countries continue to face daily challenges ranging from violent extremists, civil wars, terrorist threats, and to counter such threats, their military and other security services continue to have to muster.
With the coming of the age of terrorism and their loss of a great leader, Iraq is once again in turmoil. The leaders in the region are generally interested in peace and stability to maintain their positions. There has been a new strain of extremism among those that do not wish to take a peaceful approach to the Middle East political and social life. They wish to implement their anti-Western beliefs into the society.
Many in the world may feel that their government's involvement in Iraq will ultimately end up in a costly war. Many experts feel that the situation in Iraq could get worse and that the government there will be forced to implode if they do not get the cooperation they need. The war could be over in a few short years.
Experts believe that Iraq will likely collapse as a result of its own internal weakness and the terrible trauma it has suffered in the recent past. They state that the long awaited reforms would only worsen the situation. There are differences among some of the regional governments in the region that will cause problems with respect to Iraq. Another topic that will be discussed is that of economic instability in the Middle East as oil prices rise and fall.
Some feel that the Middle East will once again experience civil unrest. They predict that this would create political instability for Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The political infighting will only lead to further chaos that will become a breeding ground for international terrorists.
With the potential for economic problems in the Middle East, there has been much discussion as to how the Arab states will respond. The U.S. State Department has been trying to gauge the reaction to this situation from the regional governments. The Arab governments have indicated that they will work together as one but have not expressed any interest in a unified front to defeat terrorism.
In light of all of the issues facing the Middle East, one should be mindful of the war on terrorism and it effects. It seems to be that the only thing keeping the United States from a direct invasion of Iraq is an unwillingness on the part of President Bush to go to war. This does not mean that there is a lack of intelligence concerning the threats that Iraq presents. There seems to be more of a rift between the two groups in the Middle East that are fighting each other than ever before.