A Dangerous Flare-up of the Region’s Crises

  • 18 June 2007

The Middle East region is living one of its most critical periods in its history, where apprehension and turmoil are mounting in an unprecedented manner, areas of crises and tension are erupting simultaneously, the scope of radicalism and violence is replacing the attitudes of moderation and reasoning, and the alarm bells are sounding in all directions. Thus, it is not an overstatement to conclude that the area has turned into a mine field and a barrel of gunpowder ready to explode at any time.

Conspicuously, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine erupted simultaneously through the “war of the Holy places” that ignited on the Iraqi scene between the Sunnites and the Shiites, burst in many volatile areas in Lebanon, and escalated the conflict between Fatah and Hamas movements, leading to the rule of guns in Gaza and West Bank. In addition to that, the terrorist “Al-Qaeda” groups are spreading extensively from Iraq to the Arab Maghreb to Egypt and Syria and Arabian Peninsula and their threats are mounting in all directions, with new organizations routinely popping up, to be added to a long list of organizations that it has become difficult even for the specialists to follow up their developments, positions and statements.

In light of this situation, the region is shrouded with uncertainties that make it difficult to discern the different actors and outlines, and the future looks open to dangerous or even catastrophic prospects that cannot be fully understood. All aspects of conflict are flaring up and  expanding leading to the supremacy of the gun and to  the acceptance of radicalism and fundamentalism, as moderation recedes due to several reasons. There are different factors that have contributed for this volatile state; some of them are internal and stemming from the area itself, while others are foreign, regional, and international. However, the top priority at this moment is to act and move in order to surmount this dangerous situation and not to dwell on the search for reasons and accountability. The region requires a serious action from all concerned parties to prevent it from being drowned in a state of global chaos, especially it is economically and politically significant to the whole world and its developments’ outcomes directly spill over its borders, negatively or positively. The priority must be to restore the region to its proper track after its derailment, and the key word in this is to support moderation practically on the ground and not through statements and declarations. Obviously, the reason behind all the crises of the Arab world and its problems that are exploding simultaneously and one after the other is the crisis within the “moderation movement” that has led to the peace with Israel, finding its self faced by Israel’s arrogance and its own inability to fulfill its promises. Consequently, the “faction of radicalism and fundamentalism” emerged to dominate the scene, fill the vacuum, and direct the course of events.