Magazine article The American Conservative

Mideast Tide Turns

Magazine article The American Conservative

Mideast Tide Turns

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Could the Mavi Marmaraincident trigger a realignment in the Middle East? Hosni Mubarak's government in Egypt--the number 2 recipient of U.S. foreign aid after Israel--has been Tel Aviv's accomplice in enforcing the Gaza embargo. But Mubarak is dying, and by supporting the flotilla, Turkey--also a U.S. ally, and indeed a member of NATO--may be signaling a desire to assume greater leadership in the Middle East. Much more than a blockade is being challenged here; at stake is the regional balance of power.

America's interests do not lie where most pundits suppose, longtime New York Timesforeign correspondent and Boston University international relations professor Stephen Kinzer contends. He's the author of a provocative new book whose title almost says it all--Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future. As he told Democracy Now's Amy Goodman: "alliances and partnerships that are based on just relationships between ruling elites, government-to-government alliances, often tend to be very weak, because those regimes with which we partner are often very unpopular in their own countries. And then, since people don't like their regimes, they see the U. …

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