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Simple Breakdown of the Middle East

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Understanding the connections and relationships between the various actors in Middle Eastern affairs is generally considered a complicated task. That said, Slate put together a concise visual that lays out the rivalries and alliances in the Middle East.

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If the above visual still confuses you, here is a synopsis from a letter to the editor published in last Thursday’s Financial Times that summarizes the entire Middle East in a few short sentences:

Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad!

Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi.

But Gulf states are pro-Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood!

Iran is pro-Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood!

Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the U.S.!

Gulf states are pro-U.S. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro-Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states!

Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day.

Hat Tip: The Washington Post

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