The escalating violence in the Middle East may have wide-scale repercussions in the region.
Many in the Arab world have accused the U.S. of being anti-Islam, anti-Arab, and say that this estrangement led to the September 11th attacks.
In addition, the role of United States in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could spur more hostility and resentment. The crisis is already straining the fault lines of the region, and some worry that upheaval could draw the U.S. into conflict with the Arab world.
Edward Luttwak, Senior Fellow, Preventative Diplomacy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (Read Edward Luttwak's biography.)
This program aired on April 3, 2002.