The World Today, Volume 62, Number 12
The conflicts and crises of the Middle East are now inter-linked, but not in the ways currently set out in the official British approach. Behind the scenes and in regional diplomatic postings, the complexities are doubtless well-documented and commented on. As a result, a swift return to a strategy based on realistic assessments and achievable outcomes is not inconceivable for Prime Minister Tony Blair's successor, even if the damage to British influence in the region may take time to overcome. Equally, a new government needs to give much closer consideration to the link between the presence of its troops on foreign soil, where they might be seen as occupiers, and acts of terror at home.