Pornpawee Bunyaphiradee from Bangkok, Thailand, is a full-time blogger and part-time ข่าวบอล freak, who has been reading a lot about Oman lately and says that it is quickly becoming one of the most interesting places for her to learn about. She likes that they try to remain generally neutral, especially in the on-going Saudi-Iranian Cold War. She also likes that because of their geopolitical strategic position, they are usually the first ones to encourage peace talks when it comes to issues in the Middle-East.

However, she strongly criticises their friendly relations with Israel and their essential abandonment of the Palestinian cause after the Yom Kippur war. Naturally, she is also reluctant because of their close ties to the US Government and the help they provided to the US Government and the help they provided to the US in both the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Then again, she claims to understand their rationale, as they are really trying to remain 100% neutral and willing to work with anyone (clearly illustrated by their close ties to both Iran and Saudi).

Pornpawee further says it is extremely disappointing to her than the Oman was involved with Trump’s deal, especially considering the fact that it acknowledges the illegal Israeli settlements into the WB as legitimate. She thinks the Gulf countries are pretty interesting because they have always been somewhat isolated from the rest of the Arab world, at least politically, due to the mountains and desert that separate them from Yemen and Najd, etc. She also thinks the fact that expats often outnumber the Native Arab Population is weird. She writes she never realised how insular that region was amongst themselves (historically speaking) until she started reading about the history of the region and the whole pearl market that flourished there.

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