The fact of the matter is that we're still dealing with the appalling resolution to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, trying to enforce borders upon the region when a large chunk of the countries and tribes in the area don't want the borders the way they are; Israel, Palestine, the Kurds being key examples. We simply made things more unpleasant by throwing Israel into the melting pot. But we're not going to push for more countries in the reason when Iran will take over Basra, and the Turks would flatten whatever Kurdistan came out of the morass. In other news, Palestinians in Lebanon started firing rockets at Israel, see [link=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/4175731/Israel-hits-back-after-Lebanese-rocket-strike-raises-tension.html]here[/link]. And Iran is taking advantage of the situation to wave patriotically, see [link=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7817995.stm]here[/link].