The exact nature and extent of the illicit relationship between North Korea and Iran is not publicly known, but this could easily be rectified with Pyongyang’s help.
Destroying Hamas’ control would lead to either an open-ended Israeli presence that governs Gaza or to chaos.
Iraq may be left with a ruling coalition that can moderate the Sadrists’ worst impulses while also addressing many of the structural problems that plague Iraqi democracy.
Inaction is not an option.
The nations of the Middle East are caught in a psychological malaise that is the fundamental cause of the crippling situation in which the Arabs currently find themselves.
This is the unintended output of regime change, of toppling a tyrant and attempting to socially engineer a foreign society. Once the war begins, once society is destabilized, the chips fall where they may.
Perhaps the most problematic aspect of how America is haunted by Iran’s specter is that it forecloses serious domestic introspection about Washington’s Middle Eastern policies.
Fourteen years after his militias confronted the America in Sadr city, Muqtada al-Sadr is the kingmaker of Iraq.
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