The Middle East neighborhood is Fraught.
The neighborhood is ancient in terms of the “cradle of civilization” is steep in religion and epic military campaigns. More recently it is the birthplace of the religions of Abraham vis-à-vis, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. And while the three monotheist regions reference an Abraham and Mosaic filial linage, the contemporary and popular renditions of the respective faiths seem to have departed from relevant admonitions of their acknowledged patriarch.
On the other hand the primordial good vs. evil spiritual dynamic enjoys resonance among believers and the faithful because they are mindful of adverse energy’s source. Therefore, deception and obfuscation of the relative truth with retail party politics and pedestrian domestic and foreign affairs is no great revelation to seasoned observers. While ancient power relations reside in the region, the contemporary wars and rumors of war are cloaked in adversarial religious garments, yet they portray distinct rival geo-political, economic and strategic objectives. There is complexity and sophistication associated with the various moving parts that constitute the nature and status of global politics and international affairs, therefore our objective is to observe the procession of world history and offer a cogent and coherent comparative outline.
In addition to the 20 plus new Arab nation states and their ambiguous borders ruled by Sunni Arab strongmen allied with the west, other players in the region remained essentially outside of the western geo-political orbit. These countries include Turkey, Syria, and Iran for example, while other countries in the neighborhood operated on the political borderlines, like Iraq, and Libya, were head of the pack in terms of detractors to the foreign policy of the United States and the West. The current conflagration in the Middle East was positioned subsequent to WWI and the unfolding escalation was predicted on one hand and accordingly foretold on the other hand. As the future of the world is in the state of becoming we endeavor to explore comparative historical accounts to help to generate comprehensive knowledge and understanding for the purpose of future survival.
When we explore the 1492, Christopher Columbus discovery of the New World story and overlay it with simultaneous events on the other side of world a comparative outline of history begins to emerge and a view in perspective occurs. What begins to come into focus is that there is an exclusive religious dimension that includes Judaism, Christianity and Islam, associated with the establishment of the New World. And there is a secular geo-political, economic and strategic counterpart. Both enjoy separate and distinct histories and both are ostensibly on behalf of the people. History records intense religious and secular rivalries as well as instances of cooperation and political collusion.