The Middle East is looking more and more like a chessboard. Moving West to East from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, it seems like everyone is surrounding everyone else in a Mexican standoff.
I really wish I understood more about this. I started on "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi last night to try and get some flavour of Iran. I didn't get more than a dozen pages into it, but I was reminded, because her flat overlooks a veterans' hospital which it overrun by visitors on the weekend - how much the people of Iran have already suffered in the terrible was with Iraq. It is important not to forget that.