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The Cold War in the Arab (now Arab/Muslim) world has been going on since the early 1950s

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Submitted by Dr. Steven Carol (United States), Jun 16, 2009 at 19:11

It is encouraging to see the explanation of Dr. Pipes re a Middle East Cold War. More accurately it is a continuation of an Arab Cold War (modified by the late 20th century) into an Arab/Muslim Cold War. The rival groups have varied in different periods, as my chart below indicates.

DIVISIONS IN THE ARAB WORLD: © 1975. Eighth Revision 2009. Dr. S. Carol. All Rights Reserved

PRIOR TO 1958

PRO-HASHEMITE ? ANTI-HASHEMITE

IRAQ SYRIA EGYPT

JORDAN LEBANON SAUDI ARABIA

1958-1973

"PROGRESSIVE"

"CONSERVATIVE"

EGYPT

JORDAN

SYRIA

SAUDI ARABIA

IRAQ

LEBANON

YEMEN (after 1962)

KUWAIT

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

SUDAN

TUNISIA

LIBYA (after 1969)

BAHRAIN

P.D.R. YEMEN

QATAR

OMAN

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

1974-1993

"MODERATES"

?

"REJECTIONIST FRONT"

EGYPT

JORDAN

IRAQ

SUDAN

SAUDI ARABIA

LIBYA

OMAN

YEMEN

ALGERIA

MOROCCO

LEBANON

SYRIA

TUNISIA

KUWAIT

P.D.R. YEMEN

BAHRAIN

PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION

QATAR

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

(continued…)

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1993-2003

"MODERATES"

"RADICALS" & ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS

ALGERIA

IRAQ

BAHRAIN

LEBANON

EGYPT

LIBYA

JORDAN

SUDAN

KUWAIT

SYRIA

MOROCCO

IRAN *

OMAN

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

QATAR

SAUDI ARABIA

TUNISIA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

YEMEN

* While not an Arab state, Iran, since 1979, was an Islamic fundamentalist state and a supporter of this camp.

2003 –

"MODERATES"

?

"RADICALS" & ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS

ALGERIA

IRAQ

GAZA (Hamas-dominated since 2006)

BAHRAIN

LIBYA

IRAN *

EGYPT

LEBANON (Hezbollah- dominated since 2006)

JORDAN

OMAN

KUWAIT

QATAR

MOROCCO

SOMALIA

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

SUDAN

SAUDI ARABIA

SYRIA

TUNISIA

TURKEY ©

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

YEMEN

©While not an Arab state, Turkey since 2003 has sided with Iran on many international issues, opposed Israel, and protested various NATO moves.

Dr. Steve Carol

Prof. of History (retired)

Associate Producer & Official Historian -

Middle East Radio Forum

Middle East consultant -

Salem Radio Network News

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