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Frightful implosion of Ottoman Empire remnants accelerates
Jun 12th, 2014 by Warren Swil

Impotent Middle East

‘nation states’ pose

threat of conflagration

The map of the Ottoman Empire before World War I. It’s remnants are imploding. Click image to enlarge.

The world spotlight has again this week turned to the slow-motion implosion of what was once the Ottoman Empire.
It has now become apparent that the ‘border’ between Iraq and Syria has been effectively erased.
Emergent instead is a transnational Sunni-inspired Caliphate that aims to stretch from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
The world is revealed as powerless to intervene in what has become an epochal earthquake with an uncertain but certainly destabilizing outcome.
Anyone calling for outside intervention should realize from the US experience in the region that it would be futile and counterproductive.
All we can do is pray.


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The great unraveling of Middle East nation-states

NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS BECOMING INCREASINGLY IRRELEVANT
Recent events in Iraq and its neighbors have once again put the focus on the diminishing role of nation states in the turbulent region.
With diminishing influence, the center will not hold.
The world is witnessing the disintegration of the nation-states born out of the remnants of Ottoman Empire a century ago.
Nowhere is there the political will to intervene. It is a calamity of gargantuan proportions, but the west is just an observer. Until, of course, we are drawn into the conflagration because of the inevitable global fallout.


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VIOLENCE IN IRAQ: Dangerously close to civil war

US SHOULD NOT ADD FUEL TO INFERNO WITH WEAPONS AID
The country that America ‘broke’ in 2003 was back on top of the agenda at The white House.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was in the U.S. pleading for military aid.
But that is not the solution. The US cannot and should not add fuel to a raging inferno. It should use what little leverage it has left to urge the parties to find a peaceful, democratic solution involving devolution of power to autonomous regions.


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GENEVA TALKS: More than just about Iran, Syria

‘ARC OF INSTABILITY’ POSES GLOBAL THREAT, HUMANITARIAN CRISES
The two sets of vital international talks under way in Geneva may seem to have little in common, but that is a misperception.
Their commonality is that their model of governance is obsolete.
It is the same story, repeated over and over again in an ARC OF INSTABILITY stretching around the southern and eastern edges of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Geneva conferences are too narrow in their scope. Some imagination is needed to start work on a global solution.
It’s not just about weapons of mass destruction. It’s about massive destruction of modern nation states with global implications for our interconnected societies. The world must wake up.


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Post-Ottoman map of Middle East must be dumped

STRIFE IN SYRIA THREATENS REGION’S ARTIFICIAL NATION-STATES
It seems as if the remnants of the Ottoman empire created by the British and French colonialists a century ago are imploding as nationalism fails and each country’s internal divisions fissure into armed conflict.
Either the west can stand by idly and watch the region implode, with the death, destruction and global economic fallout that entails, or we can try to contain the damage through cajoling, threats and diplomacy.
Men and women of good conscience everywhere should begin a serious discussion of this vitally important, globally significant development of historic proportions. It is not too late to start the debate.


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EGYPT TURMOIL: A clash of civilizations (with video)

ISLAMISTS VS. SECULARISTS: THE BATTLE BETWEEN WORLD VIEWS
As the crisis in Egypt deepens it is becoming increasingly apparent that the enormous gulf that has opened up between the two sides represents a titanic clash of civilizations.
On the one side is the Islamic Brotherhood.
On the other is the Egyptian military, supported for decades by the United States, which would prefer a secular government.
The clashing world views seem, alas, to be irreconcilable.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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ANALYSIS: No good options for U.S. in Syria (with video)

OUTCOME OF MILITARY INTERVENTION UNPREDICTABLE
As the Obama administration weighs the options of military intervention in Syria, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are no good choices.
Perhaps this is a case for the U.S. to decide on the least bad course of action. What is likely to cause the minimum amount of harm at the lowest cost?
Standing by idly watching a genocide is definitely not an option.


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