Major security issues in the Arab world and the Middle East have never been as entangled as they are now. Some of the aspects of this entanglement and its dangers, quandaries, and problems will be explained. Yet the most serious of all those is the way other pressing needs like development and progress receded to the background and are postponed until those “existential” crises are resolved.
In economics, there is a concept known as “opportunity cost” or the sacrifice related to not choosing a certain option. This applies to countries as far as the time spent in conflicts is concerned and is clearly demonstrated in our part of the world which has been through a series of confrontations, the most famous of which is the Arab-Israeli conflict that intensifies at times and eases at others. But our societies have managed to cope with conflicts in one way or another and have sometimes even held them accountable for domestic and external problems or used them to justify the remaining in power of some types of regimes that are not the best for their respective countries.
Attempts at creating a new 'recipe' that mixes democracy with political Islam have entered a phase where the former is considered a form of apostasyAbdel Monem Said