“…this is what comes of empire building.”


Instead, after a decade, a trillion pounds,and more lives than anyone would want to count, we have helped tocreate a place, which sometimes looks like a corrupt and fragiledemocracy, and sometimes like a Shia rogue state – somewhere on ascale between Iran and Pakistan.

via Looking back on Iraq | Rory Stewart MP.



The Grudge of All Grudges

…feuds between Sunnis, who make up roughly 80% of the world’s Muslims, and the Shia minority most of the rest, remain savage and are, in some ways, worsening.

via Sunni-Shia strife: The sword and the word | The Economist.