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Germany’s surrender in World War II was commemorated on May 9 in many places throughout the world. That same day, thousands of neo-Nazis held “mourning marches” over the “day of disaster.” In their own country and especially outside it they are a shunned minority. The vast majority view that period as a time of spiritual degeneration when their leaders, scholars and military commanders were gripped in an insanity that resulted in genocide, campaigns of conquest and the defeat of many nations. These are the lessons that most Germans, and most of the nations who collaborated with them, have learned from the “day of disaster.”

Of all the nations that sent soldiers to aid the Nazis’ deeds, only one has never expressed regret. On the contrary, it dedicates May 15 – the day Arab armies invaded the newly declared State of Israel – to mourning the failure to achieve their goal…

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For the Islamic Republic of Iran, the question of fighting off foreign intervention and “conspiracies” has been a watchword ever since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Iranian officials are quick to talk about an unholy trinity of the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel working together to plot in one way or another against Tehran or its allies in the region.

But when sovereign states in the Middle East express their views, or announce certain policies, Iran’s various responses often take the form of naked intervention in the affairs of other countries.

The latest flare-up has emerged in the Gulf, where countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council recently announced that closer ties between member-states were on the table.

No concrete steps toward political unity were taken during Monday’s meeting of the GCC; instead, the question of closer political ties, or even unity, would be tackled at…

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EASTERN CONFLICTS

The latest bloodshed in Cairo underscores worrying trends and emerging realities regarding Egypt’s internal security and political future. The recent clashes in the vicinity of Cairo’s Abbasseya Square illustrate the readiness of prominent political groups to forcefully impose their views, demands, and ideologies as they battle for the country’s new identity. Sadly for Egypt, this process has just begun and is not likely to end anytime soon; indeed, the bloody volatility in Egypt has not subsided since the events of January 2011.

Under these circumstances – from a security point of view – what is most important to note here is how the volatile political situation directly translates into an erosion of the security condition on the ground. Violence in downtown Cairo is often centered on political disputes, involving opposing factions, who are more prone to resolve their differences by force, as they believe this the most optimum course of…

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