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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Nov 30, 2015 at 21:12

"Those are just some of the many ties among ISIS-Turkey-Sunni Arab states-Israel-US-Japan-India (jointly developing the Barak missile with Israel); this opposing the Russian-Iranian-Iraqi alliance supported also by China. Add to the mix mercenaries fighting for the GCC (Sunni Arab) countries in Yemen from Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Chile, Eritrea, Sudan and Senegal, and we can see that the Middle East conflict has tentacles all over the world -- a situation not unlike the years immediately before WWII, when the Germans, Italians and Japanese were getting involved in places like China, Ethiopia and Spain.

This is new, Moh. The Sunni coalition only began actively fighting in Yemen earlier this year -- involving, besides the countries listed above, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE -- not forming a paper alliance, but actively engaged in bombing and recruiting mercenaries. That's all Sunni-on-Shi'a (Zaidi), with an additional Saudi-on-Muslim Brotherhood (Saleh) element that crosses sectarian lines. Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula is tacitly supporting the Saudis there, in what is essentially a proxy war against Iran. Even Malaysia is supposedly involved on behalf of the Sunni coalition, though I don't know how. Pakistan, meanwhile, which is usually a strong ally of KSA and may even have troops in the kingdom, is sitting on the siedlines."

That is an extremely complex war game. The tacticians in the Pentagon must be going spare trying to figure it all out and anticipate what's going to happen next. I think the Russians will get closer to the EU and America will have to grudgingly accept a new status quo and go along with them.It's better for all of us if Russia understands we're not against them.

Yes - Obama has been incrediby patronising and insulting the intelligence of Americans but all of us in the free world. His lack of action in several areas can no longer be put down to him just being inept. Not bombing the crap out of Isis's oil fields and tankers in the fit 6 months of last year appeared to be a massive tactical failure - but now seems quite deliberate.

Today he's on the news banging on about climate change and for once he's not reading from an autocue (unless its implanted in hs retinas). He has lots (of obvious, feel-good things) to say on this 'if avg global temp goes up 2C degree we're all doomed' theme. But it's clear there are far more pressing issues which are a more imminent and actual threat to human life - as you've outlned above.

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