The post-Arab revolution Middle East is apparently divided into three major blocs competing for regional leadership role. The Saudi-led bloc of ossified dictatorships, Iran-led bloc of sectarian leaders, and the Turkey-led revolutionary pro-people bloc are at odds over how to respond to the geopolitical changes taking place in the region. The oil power Saudi Arabia and the curiously ambitious United Arab Emirates along with post-coup Egyptian warlords are determined to reverse the revolutionary changes in the Middle East. They are pursuing their belligerence on the back of oil dollars, unthinkingly hoping that their treasures are inexhaustible. They have secured a tactical win in Egypt by installing their military strongman Sisi on the seat of power. Instigated by their foreign colonial masters, they are confident that they will hand over Libya, Tunisia and Yemen to the modern Lawrences of Arabia. In return for their geopolitical favors, they receive not only weapons but also a false sense of prestige. Despite their repressive measures, the Saudis and their regional partners have not been able to curb the surging revolutionary wave. This obviously makes them angrier and more paranoid, leading to more irrational policies. Those who control Baghdad and Damascus are warlords trying to keep their advancing rivals at bay. Barely controlling the capital cities and some territories here and there, they heavily depend on their Iranian allies (and their allies from outside the region) to manage whatever remains in their control. The two regional stalwarts wearing their cloaks and turbans â€” the so-called custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the self-appointed occultist deputy of the twelfth Imam Mahdi â€” are helping their clients in Cairo and Damascus to carry out massacres of innocent people. Turkey along with wavering Qatar and unsure Tunisia would like to see the overdue democratic changes in the region. The best thing about this bloc is that these countries enjoy the goodwill of average citizens in the region and beyond. However, the modern Lawrences of Arabia and their bleating clients are obviously not ready to accept popular demands which undermine their lifestyles of unchecked wickedness. Mideast Imbroglio: An Outcome of Saudi-Iranian rivalry | StratRisks Iran, which received Iraq as a political gift after the 2003 US invasion, is in alliance with Syriaâ€™s Al Assad tyrant family, the Houthi militants in Yemen, and its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Iranian regime is doing its best to maintain the status quo in its favor until it reaches a comprehensive deal with Uncle Sam in Washington. The Iranian tactics have been disastrous in Iraq and Syria. In both the countries, Iran-backed regimes have lost huge swathes of land to their opponents, but the Iranian egos are content with the bloodshed their policies have produced.