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The Middle East is in turmoil again, still and possibly forever. The prime driver of this turmoil appears to religion first and ethnicity (?) second. Looking at the region as a whole: Arabs, Turks, Persians, Balochs, Pashtuns, Lurs, Mandaeans, Tats, Jews, Kurds, Somalis, Assyrians, Egyptian Copts, Armenians, Azeris, Maltese, Circassians, Greeks, Turcomans, Shabaks, Yazidis, Georgians, Roma, Gagauz, Mhallami and Samaritans are all residents of the middle east and the middle east sits right on top of the African Continent and just west of the Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, etc.) Along with these Middle Eastern residents you have influxes of Northern Africa, Coastal Africa and from the South. With all of this confluence of cultures and regional differences and religious sub sects, you might wonder how they manage to live near one another-well they do not do very well. What has occurred over the past 20 to 40 years is the poorest of all of these countries have been exploited by many better off members of their same country but often of another religious sub sect. These variations have allowed the rise of the religious zealots (kind of Hitler like) whose adherents to the older  religious fight  as to whose Islam is it? Is it the Original espoused by the Prophet Mohammed or the one espoused by the followers who split after his death? To really understand  in a short way, these zealots are no more than criminals who as Hitler did incited people to riot, kill and loot in the name of religion (Hitler was just plain Bat Crap Crazy) but do nothing to improve the lives of the people they purport to help. To add fuel to the fire we have the Russians who are essentially a missiles throw from the area and seemingly are on that track, their actions further destabilize the area as they have interest in the area. When you add the Chinese incursion or buying into Africa and a little fingering in the Mid East, its a recipe for a regional war which will surely involve the world in a way that may leave nothing but devastation for years to come. We have here in America a Congress and other pundits who are castigating the President for inaction , poor leadership and waffling but not looking at the big picture and long range implications of jumping in without looking. The volatile mix of people, religions and crazies in the mid east is not a recipe for peace without some group effort at eradicating the “crazy” in the Mideast.

Traditional definition of the Middle East

The following countries are included within the Middle East, which is corresponding to Western Asia, excluding the Caucasus, Greek Cyprus, and the inclusion of Egypt:

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