Why has the Middle East remained for so long such a hotbed of deadly strife, a sectarian killing ground from which no country in the region seems to have developed much of an immune system?

Is it the heat?

Is it too crowded?

Is it something in the water?

Is it part of the legacy left over from colonial days?



Whatever it is, there seems to be no easy way of stopping the contagion nor diluting its virulence.

Of late, there have been several calls for western powers to intervene militarily in both Iran and Syria. This has already happened in Iraq, Kuwait and Libya, the results of which having been somewhat mixed to say the least. It seems unlikely then that any further such commitment will improve matters in the short term; even longer term prospects would appear very unpromising.

So, is there still some universal panacea that has yet to be administered, an entirely new concoction that will remedy, once and for all, the myriad rifts and tensions that have troubled this section of the planet for aeons?

If this is indeed the case, perhaps, Merssrs. Obama, Kerry, Cameron, Hollande, Merkel and several others should be so informed. With everyone diligently searching for some better means of Middle East peace production, it would be such a shame if they were to miss out on what would be the most comprehensive technique of all time.


Certain matters are often in need of much more circumspect handling; they are seldom to be fully resolved through the barrel of a gun or even the flight path of a cruise missile.