Posted by Joshua on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
The Carnegie Endowment has published the best short overview of the Middle East situation I have read. Read the entire Pdf file.
"The New Middle East," by Marina Ottaway, Nathan J. Brown, Amr Hamzawy, Karim Sadjadpour, Paul Salem, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 2008 .
• Lebanon and Syria: The Bush administration narrative that sees Lebanon as the battleground between democracy and autocracy must be replaced by a more accurate perception of a deeply divided country where all factions invite outside intervention. The United States needs to work towards compromise in Lebanon, rather than promote confrontation, and realize that compromise includes accepting an armed Hizbollah and a degree of Syrian influence.
Israel and Hizballah on High Alert
NICHOLAS BLANFORD, Time Magazine
Hizballah believes that Mughniyah's assassination is part of an Israeli plan to decapitate the leadership of militant anti-Israel groups as a precursor for launching a new war against the Shi'ite organization. "Mughniyah was killed in the context of an open and comprehensive war through which Israel is preparing for another war," Nasrallah said at a ceremony Friday marking the beginning of the annual "week of the resistance," in which dead Hizballah leaders are honored.
Nasrallah warned that Hizballah was more than ready to fight another war and threatened Israel that its army would be destroyed if it entered Lebanon. "We will kill you in the fields, we will kill you in the cities, we will fight you like you have never seen before," he said speaking via a large television screen before an audience of tens of thousands of supporters. "Your army will be destroyed in the south and so will your prestige and you will remain without an army. Israel cannot last without an army."
It's the Middle East, Stupid (Argues regional Israeli War could break out easily)
By Michael B. Oren
Wash. Post: Sunday, March 2, 2008; B02
Pakistan: Two conflicting stories about whether Musharraf will step down
Pervez Musharraf 'will exit in days, not months'
By Massoud Ansari in Islamabad (Feb 26, 2008)
Asif says he will seek to work with Musharraf
By Masood Haider in Dawn (Feb 25, 2008)