The Bangkok terror blast this week is simply the latest example of a worldwide terror menace. An infectious disease knows no frontiers. Nor does terrorism. The scourge has become international.
Russia and Saudi Arabia share many common interests. One of them is to bring about an end to the carnage in Syria.
Turkey's airstrikes against the terrorists of Daesh has been decisive and by many accounts devastating. It mirrors the operation against terrorists in Yemen led by the Kingdom.
Saudi Security authorities have clearly scored a substantial victory against terrorism. Their swoop that rolled up four terror cells and a large support network sends a clear message to Daesh.
There is one argument in favor of the Iranian nuclear agreement. Picking an external fight is a classic recourse of regimes that are in trouble at home.
A revanchist Iran is the greatest menace to the Gulf and the wider Middle East. It is not simply the nuclear threat that it poses to the region.
Even the great Napoleon warned that it was dangerous to try and fight two battles at the same time. He stirred up a British-assisted hornet’s nest when he invaded Spain and then Portugal.
The Kingdom and France have enjoyed a long and fruitful friendship.
Russia is a very important global power with key role in world affairs and Middle East issues. It is a vast country and a major player in international politics.
Politics is indeed the “Art of the Possible.” More often than not, it is therefore about compromise. But every once in a while, there comes a point where there can be no compromise.
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