The West, especially the United States, and Israel are stoking the grand-strategic fires in Middle East by trying to intensify the conflict between the Sunnis and the Shias. As Patrick Seale explains in this important essay, our leaders are playing very a dangerous, and I would add, ‘dirty’ game — but the United States are on the cusp of Presidential election year in the United States and Obama’s narrow vision of triangulating the Republicans in the domestic politics of foreign policy  is trumping the criteria for shaping a sensible grand strategy.
 A pathbreaking book outlining how domestic politics shaped American foreign policy between the Spanish-American War and the Cold War is Robert Dallek’s, The American Style of Foreign Policy: Cultural Politics and Foreign Affairs.
by Patrick Seale
Agence Global, 29 Nov 2011
It would be wise for the Arab states to look to their own interests in this matter, rather than follow the bellicose lead of the Western powers and Israel. The Arabs must surely be aware that a military clash between Iran and the United States or Israel could be disastrous for the Arab Gulf region. Sensitive installations such as oil terminals and desalination plants could come under fire. The achievements of recent decades could be wiped out.