The killing of 31 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula has raised the specter of an all-out war between Cairo and Islamic militants.
The mayhem and anarchy currently dominating the political scene in the Fertile Crescent is often attributed to the horrible crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to the growth both of Islamist radicalism and Sunni-Shia sectarianism.
It was timely enough to publish a book titled Will the Middle East Implode?
Much of the regional media attention has been focused on the ongoing negotiations aimed at ending the conflict in Gaza — not surprising given the destruction and suffering there.
A while back, the United States set out to reconfigure the Middle East. The result is that the region and our position in it are both in shambles. Much of what has happened seems irreversible. In the short time allotted to me, I want to talk about the region’s dynamics.