In spite of President Obama’s now infamous Cairo speech, the Islamic World neither embrace the young American President, nor adopt a more sympathetic posture towards the United States. Obama’s attempt to appease the Muslim World, to essentially beg forgiveness for America’s past behavior towards the Arabs in the Middle East, was scorned by the Islamic World, and mocked by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, one of the most influential leader of an Islamic state.
There is little or no doubt that George W. Bush was viewed by much of the world as a bully and exploiter of the weak. Obama’s personal image helped improve the image of the United States President, if not that of the United States as a whole. The “friendly” Islamic nations, for example are not pumping enough more oil to ease the world economic crunch, while Ahmadinejad is increasing the rate of nuclear development because he considers Barak Obama a naïve and inexperienced “toothless tiger.” The Islamic World ceased to view the United States as a “super-power,” since the Obama Administration allows Iran to proceed with its military developments, unabated.
Iran’s demonstration of ever-advancing missile technology, and their progress in the nuclear material enrichment arena, represent severe danger not just to United States allies, but to other Islamic nations in the Middle East. The fact that President Mubarak of Egypt allowed Israeli submarines to go through the Suez Canal and sail towards the Arabian Gulf, is a clear demonstration that this senior Arab leaders is concerned about Iran’s military advances, and would welcome Israeli intervention.
Since Iranian missiles can reach Turkey, all the Gulf and North African nations, as well as many Eastern European countries, the threat of Iranian hostility is quite alarming, a threat that appears imminent. The Obama’s Administration removal of what was to be an advanced missile defense initiative for Eastern Europe, causes Iran’s military potential threat to appear more serious with every day that goes by.
The concerns about Iran in the Middle East are so serious that in an unprecedented way, Arab nations do not seem averse to allow the “dreaded” State of Israel be the “tool” required to neutralize Iran, and remove its ever threatening presence from the region.
The regional nations that once used to count on the United States for their defense needs. All of a sudden, under the Obama Administration, they discover that Israel, their long-term nemesis, is the most likely tool to protect them from an Iranian attempt to control their world. The Shii Iran would like to become the mostly Sunni Islamic world while destroying Israel, and the United States seem to be powerless under the present Administration, to do anything.
Iran’s threats makes many Arab nations in the Middle East and Israel to become “strange bed fellows.” Egypt, for example is likely to allow Israeli submarines to go through the Suez Canal with their nuclear armed Cruise Missiles and attack Iran from the sea. Jordan is very unlikely to try to deter any fly over by Israeli aircrafts over its territory; and in spite of Obama’s posture of appeasement, it is not likely that United States forces that control Iraq’s air space, will attempt to stop and Israeli fly overs towards Iran.
When one consider military action by Israel against Iran, one must realize that it is not a suicide mission, it is a mission that clandestine will likely have the blessing of Western alliances, as well as a number of Arab nations. In spite of its small size, the States of Israel may well turn out to be the key to stabilizing the Middle East, and perhaps the world.