The disastrous mid-east strategy of Mad King George put the interests of Israel before all the interests of all others, including ourselves. It destroyed Iraq, alienated Turkey, countenanced the destruction of Gaza, placed Jordan in an impossible situation, and opened the door to the expansion of Iranian influence, among other things. One reaction to this policy may be that some of the countries in the region now feel it is necessary, or see new opening, for going their own way, evolving new regional policies. Yesterday, I discussed the emerging situation in Turkey (which has roots predating the the antics of the Bush Administration). The attached article describes how Syria is struggling with some success to reach out to other countries in the region.
Yoav Stern is Director, Business and economics department, Peres Center for Peace. Syria Comment is a very informative blogging website run by Professor Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.