“Gulf states are increasing arms imports from countries including permanent UN security council members. Their increased involvement in regional conflicts is raising tensions with Iran”
Not in defense of arms dealers, but the main problem in the Middle East is not with arms imports but with ruling regimes who bet everything on arms to survive, be it in showdowns against their own people or each other. These nihilistic political and socioeconomic elites want it all and have convinced themselves of their own historic necessity, of the necessity of their continuing domination of their countries and subjugation of their people, they have, thus, inoculated themselves against accepting the necessity for opening up the sphere of political and economic participation, and allowing for power sharing and periodic transfer of authority. Unable to come to peace with their own people, how could they come to peace with each other? Only external aggression can give them a way to distract their own people from the problems at home.
There is nothing new in this assertion. There is nothing new in the world. The game is old and all its rules and facts are known, but to keep it going, interesting, and profitable, at least for the few involved in administering it, we have to ignore what we know, muddy the waters, exchange meaningless blame and banter, and keep hedging our bets. After all, those who administer the game rarely lose; the risk is borne by the active players. Are you a player?