Высокий полдень на Ближнем Востоке

Иерусалим - В результате ошибочной американской политики угроза очередной военной конфронтации как черная туча нависает над Ближним Востоком. Враги Соединенных Штатов стали сильнее, а Иран, несмотря на то, что считается членом так называемой "оси зла", приобрел региональную гегемонию. Иран никогда не смог бы достичь этого самостоятельно и уж точно не в такой короткий срок.

Скрытое соперничество между Ираном и Израилем, таким образом, превратилось в открытую борьбу за господство на Ближнем Востоке. Результатом стало появление некоторых неожиданных и весьма странных альянсов: Иран, Сирия, Хезболла, Хамас и поддерживаемый Америкой главным образом шиитский Ирак противостоят Израилю, Саудовской Аравии и большинству других суннитских арабских государств, которые видят в подъеме Ирана угрозу своему существованию.

Опасность крупной конфронтации возросла в результате ряда факторов: высокие цены на нефть, создавшие новые финансовые и политические возможности для Ирана; поражение Запада и его союзников в регионе в «прокси-войнах» в секторе Газы и Ливане; и неспособность Совета Безопасности ООН заставить Иран согласиться даже на временное замораживание его ядерной программы.

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