With the political map of the Middle East now in a state of considerable flux, any firm prospects for divining whatever next might happen there must be of a very low order indeed.
And such a lack of certainty has often been the source of much confusion and many hasty misjudgements.
This present level of insecurity has seen almost all major players in the region scrabbling to gain even the most marginal ascendancy over their rivals in terms of national and worldwide approval. The sight is not a particularly endearing one nor does it augur well for whatever the future holds.
And yet what more can be expected from a situation that has always had such contrasts and constraints pulling and pushing at it in so many directions at once?
The time may now be fast approaching for some serious calming of the waters, creating an area of lasting stability at the very centre of so vast and volatile a battlefield.
It may ever be the case that ‘there’s nothing new under the sun.’ There again, has anyone checked to find out lately?