BUTTERFLY EFFECT: THE MIDDLE EAST BOMB BIDEN MUST DEFUSE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

BUTTERFLY EFFECT: THE MIDDLE EAST BOMB BIDEN MUST DEFUSE

The complexities of the Middle East have been knotty for decades. Dealing with them becomes even tougher when the characters involved are particularly naughty.

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take charge in January, he’s staring at a tinderbox in the Middle East with a fuse that’s shorter than ever before, and with sparks flying everywhere. It will present Biden with his most challenging foreign policy test — one that he cannot fail if an all-out conflict in the region is to be avoided.

Much of the focus in the Middle East in recent days has — understandably — been on the escalating tensions following the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Tehran has blamed on Israel. But look carefully and it’s just one symptom of a complex set of equations that Biden will inherit, and it’s more troublesome than anything his predecessors have had to deal with in decades.

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