Instability in the Middle East and the threat it poses to the region and the rest of the world consumes Obama’s foreign policy round-up. Calling upon the Muslim world to confront ideologies of hate, he promises to repel Islamic radicalism, but not dominate the region. The president, who during his first term threw himself into Arab-Israeli diplomacy, acknowledges that the current “situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya should cure anyone of the illusion that the [Palestinian-Israeli conflict] is the main source of problems in the region…,” further asserting that “…Israelis, Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just with two states living side by side, in peace and security.” Like his predecessor George Bush, both are fearful that terrorism from the Middle East, fueled by oil revenues, will ultimately threaten the American homeland.(source)
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