The war of words between Washington and Tehran continues on an almost daily basis. Will there be war? Or just low intensity skirmishes that result in a stalemate, which will hurt the US and its allies in the region more than the sanctions-resilient, ostracized Iran?
The UN’s announcement at the weekend that Yemen’s Houthi militia had begun withdrawing from Hodeidah port must be welcomed, as long as the group’s departure is completed, as was announced on Twitter by its leadership.
The average Lebanese was looking forward to the Arab economic summit that was held in Beirut at the weekend to maybe offer relief to the country’s ailing economy, which has been under severe strain due to many months of governmental void.
If 2018 is to be recorded in history as the year the Syrian uprising against the rule of the Assad dynasty was defeated, 2019 is likely to be the year that will see steps to rehabilitate the regime of Bashar Assad.
Last week in the French city of Strasbourg, an attacker known to security services sprayed Christmas shoppers with bullets. In the same week, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani suggested that destabilizing the Iranian regime might result in instability, criminality and even terrorism in many Western cities.