A few brief comments on recent developments in the Middle East:
- Yes, Iraq is unraveling: “Now we know—and to be honest, the answer is hardly a surprise. Iraq is a basket case these days, and none of its problems came out of the blue.”
- Hezbollah Aids Syrian Military in a Key Battle. Recall that this is the same Hezbollah that the Obama administration sought to “engage” diplomatically just a couple of years ago.
- An Atrocity in Syria, With No Victim Too Small. To describe the details of this story as “grisly” is a gross understatement. Incidentally, just a few years ago the Obama administration sought to “engage” diplomatically with Assad’s regime.
- The reality on the ground in Syria is horrific. Naturally, we hear from the UN a shopworn banality: “U.N. Calls for Political Transition in Syria.” A transition from butchery to what kind of political outcome, when both sides are manifestly abhorrent?