TREASON PRECEDES THE FALL OF THE ISIS
MIDDLE EAST: FRIENDS AND FOES
In the Middle East’s quagmire it is hard to distinguish friends from foes. With ever evolving crisis, there are several contrasting interests at stake. As priorities change, so do the roles in a tragedy that has once common denominator: a civilian population who often can’t even tell who is to blame for its suffering. Politics based on traditional alliances are gone. The volatility of the situations asks for contingent choices...
THE ROLE OF THE TRIBES IN THE IRAQI WAR
In the Middle East, as in Africa, ethnic
or tribal factors play a key role in politics and society.
Middle-eastern countries, as opposed to African ones, also have to deal
with religious differences. All of the above have to be taken into
account when evaluating the scenarios unfolding in a specific country.
Iraq is no different. More so when dealing with areas or cities that
have been retaken from ISIS. The issue is: Which troops can I deploy in
order not to frighten or hurt the susceptibilities of the locals? And
this has nothing to do with the religious infighting between sunnis or
shia, nor the ethnic-cultural divide between Arabs and Kurds. More often
than not tribes represent the expression of social consensus...