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Ближневосточные сторонники Трампа

ВАШИНГТОН – До недавнего времени главным барометром отношения администрации Дональда Трампа к странам исламского мира была попытка президента США запретить въезд в страну граждан из семи преимущественно мусульманских стран. Однако решение Трампа выпустить 59 ракет «Томагавк» по сирийской авиабазе в ответ на химическую атаку, совершённую армией президента Башара Асада, стало новым – и, наверное, более точным – указанием на истинные позиции сторон.

Бывшие чиновники США и многие мусульмане считают предложенный Трампом запрет на въезд в страну предательством либеральных ценностей и подарком экстремистам, занятых вербовкой. Однако основной реакцией старых союзников Вашингтона на Ближнем Востоке, то есть тех, кто серьёзно выигрывает из-за появления президента, склонного их поддерживать, стало молчание. Восемь лет Белый дом указывал им, что надо делать, и теперь они воспринимают Трампа как благоприятную (хотя, может быть, и потенциально опасную) перемену.

Саудовская Аравия, возможно, является главным (хотя и молчаливым) сторонником администрации Трампа. Саудовцам никогда не нравились переговоры президента Барака Обамы с Ираном, они были шокированы, когда он заявил журналу The Atlantic, что иранцам и саудовцам «надо искать эффективный способ раздела своего ближнего зарубежья и установления некоего подобия холодного мира». Будучи втянутыми в прокси-войну с Ираном в соседнем Йемене, саудовцы ликуют по поводу идеи Трампа увеличить объёмы помощи ради ликвидации иранского влияния в их стратегическом тылу.

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