No noise from Syria lately. Israel’s been quiet, as far as I know, other than settlement expansion and behind the scenes scheming. I guess the latter could be said of any country really. Israel is most certainly scheming though, figuring out what move it should make next in order for ‘Greater Israel’ to remain within sight. This is something I’ve known but, upon reading Asad: the Struggle for the Middle East, by Patrick Seale, has been reaffirmed. As for Egypt, it is still a mess. I don’t think that the current government will last without resorting to the same type of repressiveness of previous regimes. I say this because the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ is likely to attempt – as it already is doing – to spread islamism and other elements of their ideology throughout the country and eventually to reshape the country’s entire socio-political structure.

This would dramatically alter Egypt as we know it and would also inspire similar fanatical movements across the Middle East, from North Africa all the up the Levant. Signs of this phenomenon are already starting to show. 

 

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