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NATO is becoming irrelevant as the Mideast realigns

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Feb 22, 2021 at 21:14

There are realignments happening in the Mideast. As Iran and Turkey emerge as important regional threats, opposing players are organizing: ex. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and the Gulf states. The Gulf states and others seem to realize that Israel's advanced technology can be protective against common foes. This demonstrates the power of self-interest, something the two-state solution moralizers seem to miss.

As the US moves leftward and appeases Iran and other radical forces, those alliances should strengthen even more in proportion to the increasing sense of insecurity provoked by US weakness and a feckless NATO (with the partial exception of France and the US viz a viz Turkey). That's the up side. The down side is that the radicals, backed by such formidable actors as North Korea, Russia and China, will probably become better armed and a lot bolder. It will be a nail-biter to see if those regional alliances have the organization, means and opportunity to fight back effectively against the gathering storm.

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