Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the US each have their own, different, reasons for getting involved.
Netanyahu has encouraged Israelis to believe that the status quo can be a lasting substitute for a negotiated settlement. But the outside world has been losing patience.
Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left is an ideological grab-bag of democratic socialists, Eurocommunists, Greens, Maoists, Trotskyists and assorted populists, but in Alexis Tsipras it has a young charismatic leader.
The strategic objective of France and all the other Western target nations of Islamic extremists should be to prevent a real war.
Everybody assumes that lifespan grew much faster in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but it has actually plodded along at the same rate.
They are not the Crusades. Neither was 9/11. These are wicked and tragic events, but not a ‘war of civilizations.’
Even in fairly open countries like Sweden and Germany, anti-immigrant sentiment is being laid bare.
Considering the attitude of Congressional Republicans over the past six years, massive obstructionism seems virtually guaranteed.
Paying subsidies to developing countries is the big hurdle.