Hezbollah Reasserts Itself And Warns Of Regional War
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah stated that he and his forces have no intention of leaving and will continue to fight Sunni Muslims who wish to oust Bashir al-Assad.
“Our fighters are present on Syrian soil to confront all the dangers it faces from the international, regional and takfiri attack on this country and region,” Mr. Nasrallah declared.
He also warned that a failure to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would lead to a regional war.
“If the situation heads toward regional war, then everyone should worry and the others should be even more worried. But if there is understanding, our side will emerge stronger locally and regionally,” Nasrallah said.
If this week’s broken talks on Iran and the ongoing stalemate over negotiations on Syria demonstrate anything, it is that the Middle East remains a complicated and tortured region of the world. As long as it has been a combat zone, geopolitically, the Middle East is changing and causing nations to reconsider alliances.
Fariborz Ghadar of Defense One asks whether it is time for the US to reevaluate its long-term relationships in the Middle East.
“The demographics of many of the Arab countries — with their growing numbers of youth and the political ramifications like that of the Arab spring — are such that they might be more difficult long-term partners than Iran. With birth rates hovering below two children per woman, Iran will resolve its demographic time bomb and is able to more easily handle its large young population. The partnerships we currently have with Egypt and with Saudi Arabia do not offer the same longer term stable populace support. Additionally, Iran represents a potentially attractive economy, with a population of about 75 million, well educated, supportive of democracy and the United States, and keen to be involved in the global market,” he writes.
Whether the Obama administration opts to pivot back to the Middle East or to engage in Asia is not known yet. But what is concerning to some is that the administration will continue to disengage from its leadership role and to let the world move forward without us.
The Obama administration apparently has tired of the global order that American power created. The president seems determined that America should become unexceptional, and his five-year-long efforts are now bearing fruit. The result is that no one knows where global violence will break out next, much less who will stop it,” National Review writer Victor Davis Hanson contends.