Joschka Fischer, former German foreign minister | May 6, 2008
The old Middle East and the secular nationalism that went along with it is being replaced by a new, modern Middle East in which political Islam and anti-Western nationalism play a decisive role. ++ There is now a serious threat of "a confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia for sub-regional supremacy, and between Iran and the US for regional hegemony." ++ The entire state system in the Middle East could disintegrate, with Iraq leading the way. ++ It is likely that the New Middle East will be much more dangerous than its predecessor.