A short history of the Middle East

Interesting and thought provoking Utube video about the conflict in the Middle East.

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. We all end up blind and toothless, but History rolls on.

Very little changes one despot takes over from another, while the little people try their best to survive.


That video has the trouble that it suggests eternal conflict.

It is not always the case.

There is a point in there where in the blink of an eye a few hundred years were passed over – because the video is about conflict and there was less of that in those few hundred hears.

There will always be conflict. There will always be powers that gain strength or lose strength.

For the past century, the area has indeed been turbulent. But for the few centuries before that it was one of the least turbulent regions in the world (but even there was occasional war and intrigue).

I would suggest that continued conflict to keep each nation weak was a deliberate design of the partition of the former Ottoman empire – the region and its borders were designed to not be at peace, but to remain weak and in conflict.

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.