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Middle East Stalled in Mire
The Middle East tinderbox is once again starting to smolder with the resurfacing of Iraq as a major policy concern of the new Bush Administration and the ongoing deterioration of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
At the same time, despite recent efforts toward peace, the regional arms race shows little sign of abating. Countries are still willing to pay millions of dollars each year on weaponry despite their poor domestic economies. And Iran, Iraq and Syria continue to be among the front-runners in the race to develop a ballistic missile capability.