The Middle East and the Second Cold War

by Ted Snider

“The Middle East was a crucial arena in the Cold War. It was then that Israel first acquired its value to the US as a bulwark against perceived Soviet penetration into the Middle East. The Soviet Union perceived US activity in the Middle East as encircling them on their southern border. Nations chose blocks, and the Middle East was divided up into Cold War camps. As the Second Cold War dawns, it has not yet risen over the Middle East. Most of the countries that had joined the American side are still on the American side. But if there is not a cold war, there is a cool war. Several countries that are on the American side and still look to the US are also glancing — at least a little — at Russia and China. And some that are not on the American side are moving firmly into a block with Russia and China.” (10/07/21)