The King of Saudi Arabia dies

King Abdullah has died at age 90.


A cartoon from the archives

So much for Mission Accomplished

Islamic militants have captured several cities in Iraq, including Mosul and Tikrit, and are now threatening to take Baghdad.  020703TheGameIsOverThe Guardian has a live blog on developing events and BBC News a good piece on the Sunni-Shia divide throughout the Middle East

This time it’s Syria

It’s looking more and more like the US will be launching air strikes in Syria, possibly as early as Thursday.  You’ll have to excuse my cynical tone, but here we go again.  Here’s an illuminating chart  by a well-known Egyptian blogger which shows the complicated and constantly changing relationships in the Middle East.  Of course our past policies have contributed to the never-ending cycle of violence in the region:080107MideastWeapDealThere are some congress members speaking out against military action.

Here’s my latest animation on the subject.