I think of the current situation in the middle-east as a chess match between the USA and NATO and Russia and her allies. One makes a move, then the other. The West made a mess out of the middle-east, then Russia steps in to clean it up, then Turkey shoots down a Russian fighter jet, then Russia really blows the heck out of Turkey’s anti-Assad allies in Syria, then Turkey blocks Russia’s ships in the Black Sea(?). Now Iraq wants us gone, for which I cannot blame them. We screwed them over enough. Guess who is being courted to take our place? Russia. Clowns verses KGB agent, guess who wins. Seriously, what we have to call reality would make a great script for a comedy if so many people weren’t actually dying. When future generations look back at us, they will wonder how we have become so stupid. The more advanced (supposedly) our civilizations have become, the more effective we are at killing each other. At least with swords and spears it took real time and effort to kill each other, now we have nukes and can turn whole cities into a wasteland with a press of a button. In fact, we don’t even have to be at war to nuke each other, Fukushima is doing a fine job of irradiating the planet. Slow, sure, but effective enough.
So now the West and Russia are putting their pieces in place for a heck of a show down. Sadly, this isn’t a game and a lot more people are going to die.
Stay alive and stay aware.