Iraq’s slow demise

2003: the year of living dangerously. When the problems of the Middle Eastern state of Iraq began in earnest, the United States of America invaded, Ba’athist President Saddam Hussein was ousted (then executed) and finally a seemingly endless deluge started flowing on the country. In the beginning of the Iraq War, there had been a few proposals according…

US inaction in the 1929 Middle East issue

I am going to introduce a little known fact about the United States of America and the Middle East, namely Washington D.C.’s first attempts and the beginning of almost 100 years of policies concerning Western Asia. Today’s Middle East is a confusing mess and it is possible to trace the chaos back to the days…

The Greco-Turkish animosities

Greece and Turkey have not been friend nations for innumerable years, even since the dawn of two of the oldest and most culturally advanced societies in the history of mankind, the cradles of Western philosophical thought as it is commonly understood. I assume that most of our readers know about the Greeks and the Persians; thanks…

Is there a solution to chaos in Yemen?

It has been almost seven months since the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began carrying out airstrikes in neighboring Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, in order to oppose Houthis and their protected, former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, by reinstating the ousted president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Basically, the conflict represents…

A Proxy War (once again)

Many of you may have heard the term “Proxy War” being widespread to describe what is happening in Syria in the latest months, with the United States of America and the Russian Federation using other regional actors to fight their differences of opinion. First of all, it is widely advisable to define a “proxy war”…

Should Assad stay or should he go?

Bringing the mind back to the political debate raging worldwide a few years ago, a question arises: does the situation with President Bashar al-Assad in Syria strike a note? Back in those days he was caught reportedly using chemical weapons on his fellow citizens, the protesters throughout the country, and the international public went into a…

Iraq and the world of tomorrow

Over the years, decades in which I tried to understand the world geopolitics, I have written much about the Middle East and even more about Iraq. The fertile land anciently known as Mesopotamia holds a special place for me, making it the most attractive nation in the group of Western Asian countries. In the 1980’s a younger me…

The Palestinian blood on our hands

The deadly conflict between Israel and the partially recognized State of Palestine in the as hot as suggestive lands of the Middle East has been raging for over 50 years, if one wants to identify the start of the feud in the controversial proclamation of the birth of Israel by David Ben Gurion. After all these years,…

What is the lie on Iran worth?

I understand some may feel that I am whipping a horse that will not run, but someone has to tell the sane side of this situation for there is already enough misinformation being reported about the Vienna nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. When the news is not about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and…

Will IS become a functioning state?

Before the article itself, I have to make a necessary clarification. Some readers, some who probably do not know me and my personal story, might see this as some sort of veiled support for ISIS and its radical jihadism. Please be assured that it is definitely not, for you see (or will be able to see)…

What are they thinking?

For an unspecified number of years there has been a wealth of ideas flowing in and around the Middle East as to what it would take to bring peace among the warring factions. In all those decades, a handful of experts have looked for a real reason behind the conflict: some say religion, others believe it’s about land,…

Looking for the linchpin

As a prelude to this article, I must say that my university studies concerned international relations and conflict management, causes and results of the wars with emphasis on the Middle East. A couple of years ago, I researched my tail off trying to find a linchpin point that could turn the world into a bloody mess,…