Maybe the time has come for the world to understand what the conflict in the Middle East is all about. Here is a list of possibilities, and it would be productive to have representatives from the global stakeholders to weigh in.
First, the news from Foreign Policy today has it that “Militants kill 24 Egyptian police in deadly Sinai ambush.”
As published earlier today and during the past week, the “militants,” mostly members of the Muslim Brotherhood have revealed their true colors as a terrorist organization, according to the Egyptian military and government. The strong arm tactics by President Morsi to undermine the Constitution in a power grab was halted by the people with the backing of the military. This is a repeat of past history.
Now, the question is how fast will the new government stand up, and will the military permit restoring democracy at a sufficient pace. So long as there is a persistent threat to order within the population, the military will likely argue they need to stay strongly in force.
The war is widening, and the possibility that the multiple conflicts will merge into regional conflagration is high.
“Suspected Islamist militants ambushed two police minibuses in northern Sinai on Monday, launching rocket-propelled grenades that killed at least 24 police officers and injured three others. Egyptian authorities reported that the attack took place near the town of Rafah on the Egyptian-Israeli border, raising U.S. and Israeli concerns about heightened militant activity near the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the state-run SANA news agency announced that Syrian government forces have retaken control of all rebel-held positions in Latakia. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that government forces made "progress," but could not confirm the government reports. On Sunday, a UN team arrived in Damascus to conduct a long-delayed investigation into the possible usage of chemical weapons in Syria.”
List of possible reasons for Middle East conflict (See annotated list)
1. Economic disparity among vast populations among various nation states
2. Religion-inspired intolerance and divisiveness (Islam, and others)
3. Highly dispersed and distributed populations (tribal) OpenCanada.org
4. Aristocracy and kingdoms aka sheikdoms (ruling class)
5. Unsustainable economies
6. Fossil fuel dependent
7. Large uneducated populations clash with intellectuals (urban)
8. Resistance to integration with Western culture