By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
We have all heard the expression "follow the money."
I do it all the time. It is a tool I use to understand and predict who the influencers are and what their involvement is, in the Middle East. We need to follow where the money is being spent - who is supplying weapons and who is buying them and from whom.
It was always obvious from the money trail that Iran supported Hezbollah. But not now. Now Iran has stopped supporting Hamas.
We also know that Iran and Russia are pumping money into Assad's regime in Syria. They want to influence the outcome.
And then yesterday it became public that a Russian delegation of flagstaff air-force officers arrived in Egypt.
They came as the result of a $2 billion arms deal in which Egypt is buying air-force materials from Russia. The money trail led us right there.
Money in the Middle East is the key to influence and favoritism.
Even small money which led us to the discovery this week that Iran has signed an arms deal with Iraq to the tune of $165 million. The deal is small - but it is significant.
Follow the money and find out who is pulling whose strings.
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