What with so much going on in the Middle East just now, it has become even harder to keep track of all the various balls that are currently in the air. Dropping one or two of them is, therefore, not beyond possibility.

Should the Syrian ball take precedence?

What about the Iranian one?

Does the situation in Egypt demand priority?

Are the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks to be considered the most important?

Has US commitment in the region slowed down and is its position now weaker than before?

Can the UN ever be the source of a better overall outcome in the face of so many variables?

Is Russia about to confer a new stabilising influence upon the scene?

Will the EU get more closely involved, becoming a principal player instead of just another supporting actor?

With all these factors and many more contending for pride of place in the great scheme of things, it can be difficult, if not downright impossible, to properly address, let alone satisfy, even a single one of them.

In which case, it might be advisable to move matters up onto an entirely new level, a means of regulation whereby a unified approach might more easily resolve the present tangle of opposing interests and conflicting styles.


The alternative is to proceed along in much the same old manner. And become resigned to accepting nothing more than the same old results.