The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Middle East

The Washington Post recently posted a “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Middle East” drawn by an Egyptian blogger. I have redrawn the diagram below, in an attempt to make things clearer. Blue links mean “supports,” while red links mean “hates.”

I suspect that all the diagram does is to clarify the muddled nature of Middle East politics. In particular, there are no real “blocs” – every group is connected by a web of alliances.

– Tony

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2 Responses to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding the Middle East

  1. docugraphy says:

    Nice drawing!!! 😉 That´s the reason why, when thinking of the middle eastern tragedy, the idea of “Why the hell can´t we just get out the civilians and build a wall around the region and let them kill themselves” appears in my mind very regularly.

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks, although the idea came from Egyptian blogger “The Big Pharaoh” (see link in the post). And, of course, most people in the region ARE civilians.

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