As America pulls out of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, other powers are rushing in to fill the vacuum. Domestic, regional and global forces are all vying for influence. Where are events in the ever-volatile Middle East headed?
We often see the Middle East catapulted to the forefront of news programs around the world. Even faraway nations are deeply affected by what happens in this volatile region. You need to understand what has been prophesied to occur there and why.
Why is there so much unrest in the Middle East? Why do we see constant strife between the Israelis and their neighbors? The answers to these questions didn't begin with the formation of the state of Israel in 1948. The history of these conflicts goes back 4,000 years and is recorded in a place many people would never think to look - the Bible!
In the wake of the uprisings in a number of Arab countries, the former head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Sir Richard Dearlove, revealed some hard truths to an audience in Chatham House in London.
The unrest that began with Tunisia in December 2010 has spread to many other Middle Eastern countries. Other despotic rulers may well fall in addition to those already forced from power. But will we witness the emergence of secularist democracies supporting the West, as many hope? Or will the era of autocratic rulers in the Middle East morph into an Islamist confederation spanning the region?
Over the weekend I happened to catch part of a Tim Russert interview with Tom Friedman. Although Tom is a big-time liberal, I do enjoy his thoughts on the Middle East, which was the focus of the interview.
He mentioned a few points that I think will have bearing on the king of the South:
The Arab world is experiencing a population explosion, fueled largely by oil wealth. Half the population of the Arab world is under age 25 (if I understood him correctly).
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