|Of particular geopolitical interest primarily because of the fossil fuel reserves of the Persian Gulf.
The Middle East is a region of the world. Situated between Europe, Asia and Africa, the Middle East is of strategic importance.
|Donald Trump||“Islamic terrorism is eating up large portions of the Middle East. They've become rich. I'm in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don't have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should've taken”||Donald Trump||June 2015|
|Donald Trump||“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They're sending us not the right people. It's coming from more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming probably – probably – from the Middle East. But we don't know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don't know what's happening. And it's got to stop and it's got to stop fast.”||Donald Trump||June 2015|
|US/Foreign policy||“The US/Saudi/Israeli alliance against Iran is the most important geo-political factor in the region today. It is high time this alliance stopped both funding ISIS and pretending to fight it; schizophrenia is not a foreign policy stance.”||Craig Murray||20 December 2018|
|Bahrain||Oil rich Arab nation, formerly part of the British Empire.|
|Egypt||Strategically important due particularly to the Suez canal.|
|Iran||Iran possesses the 4th largest oil reserves of any nation state.|
|Iraq||Iraq possesses the 5th largest oil reserves of any nation state.|
|Israel||Renewing the Memorandum of Understanding in September 2016, whereby the American taxpayer agreed to pay Israel $38 billion over a 10-year period|
|Kuwait||Kuwait has the 6th largest oil reserves of any nation state.|
|Qatar||Oil rich, gas richer!|
|Saudi Arabia||Longtime political ally of the USA, Saudi Arabia possesses larger easily accessible oil reserves than any other nation state.|
|Syria||A nation state in the Middle East being targeted by NATO countries and their terrorist proxies with a "humanitarian intervention"/"War on Terror" campaign to effect 'regime change'.|
|Turkey||Turkey is a nation state at the south east corner of Europe.|
|United Arab Emirates||The United Arab Emirates has the 7th largest oil reserves of any nation state.|
|Yemen||A war torn country in the Middle East|
|Document:Arabs Beware the Small States Option||article||29 July 2013||Sharmine Narwani||A succinct introduction to proposals, widely canvassed among Western Elites but otherwise largely suppressed, to impose a new political settlement on the entire Middle East involving the re-ordering of its national borders along sectarian lines. These proposals represent the increasingly dominant leitmotif of 21st century Globalist driven Middle-Eastern policy.|
|Document:Backing the Wrong Horseman||blog post||Craig Murray||The neo-con drive to dominate the Middle East, in alliance with Saudi Arabia and Israel, has caused an apocalyptic level of death and destruction, which I put (an extremely conservative figure) at 5 million dead. Now compare that to the worldwide death toll from coronavirus: 220,000. Let me say that again. Western aggressive wars to coronavirus: 5,000,000 versus 220,000.|
|Document:Bitter Roots - The Bases of Present Conflicts in the Middle East||speech||1977||J. Rives Childs|
|Document:Syria Turkey Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War||report||12 October 2012||William Engdahl||A comprehensive report on the struggle to control Middle East oil and gas, exposing the plans behind Western/Israeli diplomatic and military activity towards Syria & Iran. The current state of affairs accords very closely with a publication of the Brookings Institution's "Saban Centre for Middle East Studies" - the PDF of which was removed from the Brookings web site in early October.|
|Document:US bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defence||Article||26 February 2021||Caitlin Johnstone||The US can bomb who it likes, whenever it likes, and when it does it is only ever doing so in self-defence, because the entire planet is the property of Washington DC. It can seize control of entire clusters of nations, and if any of those nations resist in any way, they are invading America’s sovereignty.|
|Document:Western Power And The Middle East||working paper||Denis Healey|
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