So Libya Died, and Nobody Seemed To Notice (Or: Why Islamic State’s Newest Franchise Is In Libya)

Libya has gone to hell in a hand basket. And nobody wants to make it any better.

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Egypt’s Revolution Won’t Follow Iran’s (Because Nobody’s That Stupid)

Back they go!  A bit of yelling, quite a lot of screaming, and a few gunshots here and there, and the people of Egypt are on the streets calling for another regime to fall.  It would be easy to say Egypt is on the cusp of falling to a yet another theocratic dictatorship akin to … Continue reading Egypt’s Revolution Won’t Follow Iran’s (Because Nobody’s That Stupid)

Getting a Grip on Syria

As the West edges closer to yet another Middle Eastern war, there’s been loads of talk about the who, the what, the why of the Syrian civil war.  “They'’ve been doing it thousands of years” is the often-cited refrain from laymen isolationists, stating the supposed interminable history of bloodshed in the region that goes back … Continue reading Getting a Grip on Syria