EVERY NATION IN THAT REGION IS AT WAR AND MOST OF THE BATTLES ARE BROTHERS AGAINST BROTHERS, ACCORDING TO AL JAZEERA REPORTS.
[See my blog, "ARAB NATIONS SUPPORT ISRAEL'S WAR AGAIST HAMAS]
Egypt, continued deadly clashes over politics and violence between sects breaks out across the nation. Retribution killings continue. Violence against Christians mounts.
The extremist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, is partnering with HAMAS ad Egypt wants them both destroyed.
Iraq is weathering its deadliest outburst of violence since 2008, sees daily violence as different factions of Islam fight for control. The Islamic State is capturing towns at an alarming rate, CAPTURED THE MOSUL DAM, 3 MORE TOWNS AND ANOTHER OIL FIELD TODAY, and is executing what they call "apostate Shia Muslims, Christians, all opposed to them, as they go.
A food crisis is panicking civilians this week in Iraq, but they will soon be faced with a water crisis as ISIS has taken that dam.
Suicide bombings are highest in 6 years.
Afghanistan has seen an upswing in fatal strikes by the Taliban, suicide bombings, attacks against American and allied forces. Iran is fueling Afghan unrest as well. The Iranian Embassy in Kabul had "a very active" agenda of triggering anti-American sentiment, and Iran has been paying Afghan president Hamid Karzai millions of dollars each year a fact he has stated repeatedly in his negotiations with America.
Corruption is rampant in the Karzai administration.
Syria sees escalation in sectarian violence, bombings, destruction of entire villages, deaths of thousands. Two years after the first anti-government protests, conflict in Syria rages on. Following the military crackdown, the United States tightened sanctions. The United States shut down its embassy in Damascus, citing security concerns. The Arab League voted to suspend Syria's membership and then imposed sanctions, accusing the Assad government of failing to implement a peace plan. On June 21, 2012, Syrian government forces shot down a Turkish jet near its border.
The U.N. Human Rights Council says the Syrian military committed war crimes in the massacre of more than 100 civilians, half of them children, in the village of Houla in May 2012.
At least 65 people are found dead Jan. 29 in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, many of them bound and shot execution-style.
Saudi Arabia aims to provide rebels with weapons and has called on the U.S. to do so as well. America complied.
Saudi Arabia's Wahabbist regime continues its violence against other Muslim sects while it also continues funding Islamic extremist groups across the Middle east.
Saudis imprisoned dozens on terrorism charges back in June of this year.
Jail terms ranging from six months to 30 years handed down to 33 people for forming a "terror cell", official media says.
A court in the capital Riyadh sentenced two people to death and jailed a third for 25 years after they were convicted of violence during Shia protests.
Scores of Shia Muslims are on trial after they were detained for anti-government protests in the Eastern province.
Demonstrations in the oil-rich region, where most of the kingdom's two million Shia Muslims live, erupted in 2011 alongside a Shia-led protest movement in neighbouring Bahrain.
They turned violent in 2012 and clashes between police and protesters have so far killed 24 people, including at least four policemen, according to activists.
In Pakistan, radical Islamic terror groups continue to thrive, and Pakistan is still using America to carry out drone strikes against enemies of the Pakistani government, while the Haqqani network, one of the most dangerous militant factions operating out of Pakistan, continues fighting American troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Dozens of dead are reported every day in Pakistan.
Internal threats to Pakistan come from several sources: ethnic unrest (brother fighting brother), the recurrent intervention in the government of the Pakistani military, the rampant gun culture and spread of narcotics-based corruption, particularly since the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan's ambivalent attitude toward terrorism, to name a few.
The small Arabic states of Oman and Qatar seem to be stirring from a peaceful slumber.
Unemployment is relatively high in Oman, which has only limited oil reserves and is one of the poorest of the oil-producing countries. Sultan Qaboos is now facing unprecedented challenges from the streets as a direct result of the wave of uprisings that has swept through the region.
Outside the Majlis al-Shura, Oman's consultative assembly, there is a permanent encampment of protesters demanding jobs. They say they will not budge until their demands are met.Two people were killed in 2011 during clashes in the city of Sohar between security forces and protesters demanding more jobs.
In contrast to economically strapped Oman, Qatar evokes thoughts of incredible wealth.
Qatar is now reckoned to be the richest country in the world.
It is also home to HAMAS terrorist leaders, and has provided financial support to several radical Islamic groups over the years.
Some say that without the support of Qatar and Turkey, Hamas would never have been able to start the bloody war now going on in Israel.
Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority seem to also see Qatar and Turkey as allies of Hamas and enemies of moderate Arab states.
Bahrain, a small nation under the influence of Saudi Arabia, continues to be the site of sectarian violence and human rights violations.
Bahrain recently demanded that a U.S. official leave after he met with a Shia opposition group.
Bahrain's foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday that US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome in the country.
Bahrain is a tiny island nation that is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, but has been roiled by near-daily protests by Shia Muslims seeking greater political rights and inspired by the Arab Spring wave of revolutions that started in early 2011.
The government moved to crush the uprising, which threatened to spill into neighbouring Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries with Shia populations, with the help of regional Gulf Arab forces.
Repeated rounds of political talks have failed to significantly close the rifts between the country's Sunni monarchy and majority Shia factions.
Iran has long called for the complete annihilation of the State of Israel, the United States, and other "powers of arrogance", but Iran has troubles of its owm.
A long and bitter rivalry between Iran’s president and an influential band of brothers in the political hierarchy exploded in 2012.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the head of the powerful judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, of protecting “certain individuals” from prosecution for economic corruption who are widely understood to be high officials, including Ayatollah Larijani’s oldest brother.
Ayatollah Khamenei recently pointed out that massacre, bloodshed, blind terrorism and its related catastrophes as well as the opportunities created for the occupying Zionist regime are all outcomes of division and difference in the Islamic Ummah.
As is the case in ALL Middle Eastern conflicts, deaths in Iran are the result of "family feuds", one sect kills the other.
Kuwait's favorite "preacher" has just called for all Gazan mothers to suckle their children on hatred for Jews and to raise their children up to accept matyrdom for Islam.
Iraq and Kuwait are still at outs and the tension is increasing.
Kuwait still demands war reparations from Iraq, with some $20 billion still outstanding, as well as full cooperation regarding the return of its national archives and other artifacts and the fate of Kuwaiti prisoners of war.
Kuwait's Parliament has, in recent years, shown a profound inability to take difficult decisions when necessary. Instead, MPs seem preoccupied with ousting the embattled prime minister and blocking much needed investment packages.
Kuwait is often accused of "a kind of nationalistic tub thumping", fodder for nationalistic politicians, keen to distract attention from domestic ills and incite outcry against U.S. pressure to extend its troop presence there.
Kuwait often produces very militant videos by popular Imams that inflame and incite all of radical Islam.
"Kill all Jews", "The West is trying to destroy Islam" are common themes of these Islamic rants.
Libya defines chaos ever since the U.S. decided to depose Gaddafi.
It is a nation completely devoid of leadership or sanity.
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Tunisian guards fired tear gas on Sunday, August 3, to stop thousands from storming across the border after fleeing violence in Tripoli.
Thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing ongoing fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.
Armed rebel groups had overrun army bases in Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, and claimed control of the city over the last few days.
TUNISIA ITSELF HAS BEE EMBROILED IN ETHNIC FIGHTING FOR A VERY LONG TIME!
Lebanon is once again heating up as clashes between its long-warring factions intensify as well as trouble at its border with Syria.
Arsal, a Sunni town where tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to escape fighting across the mountainous border, has seen frequent spillover from Syria and has been a tinder box for domestic tensions in Lebanon.
Syrian warplanes have bombed Arsal's surrounding areas and rebel fighters often cross the porous frontier, sometimes resting or seeking medical treatment in Arsal.
The Lebanese army pledged on Saturday "decisive and firm" action to prevent the Syrian conflict from spilling over into Lebanon.
Not long ago, a French-Lebanese psychologist who visited Lebanon with his wife expressed his pessimism concerning the general situation there, even though it looked stable at the time. He noted that the language used in everyday dialogue included a high level of violence against others, especially when talking about sectarian and ethnic identities.
It is clear that the years following the assassination of the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri were characterized by increased political tension. In the aftermath of the assassination, the masses took to the streets under the umbrella of their various sects.
Jordan has also aligned against HAMAS, as it did years ago when its clash with the PLO left 25,000 or so dead inside Jordan's borders.
Jordan struggles daily to retain its Hashemite kingdom and still refuses its initial role as established by the original British Mandate as THE Palestinian State.
There are still "honor" killings in Jordan.
A mass protest in Amman, Jordan, November 2012, over price hikes, with Maan,Jordan as the scene of violent protests in recent years, often reflecting Bedouin resentment, Jordan is no peaceful kingdom.
Jordan's economy continues to struggle, weighed down by a record deficit of $2 billion this year.
Jordan has a history of persecuting activists and journalists. The country amended its penal code in August 2010 and passed a Law of Information System Crimes, to regulate the Internet. Revised laws continue to criminalize peaceful expression and extend those provisions to Internet expression. Jordanian authorities prosecuted peaceful dissidents and prohibited peaceful gatherings to protest government policies. Dissidents confined by the General Intelligence Department routinely sign confessions. According to a report by Amnesty International, intelligence agents in Jordan frequently use torture to extract confessions from suspects.
TURKEY, POT-STIRRER OF THE MIDDLE EAST.May Day saw violent clashes between Turkish police and protesters who had been banned from gathering in Taksim Square.
‘‘Those who think this violent unrest is against my friends, our government, our political party and the people who voted for us, are making a big mistake. This violence is against the people of this country, against the freedom, the beliefs and the future of the people of this country,’‘ Tayyip Erdogan said. Riots and unrest are common in Turkey, as is her meddling in wars in other Arab nations, especially in Syria.
On Thursday, Ankara was engaged in an intense effort to free 80 Turkish nationals captured by the Sunni militant group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.
Alongside Iran, Turkey is the most involved in insuring continued in-fighting in the Middle east.
Ankara has been criticized for turning a blind eye to foreign jihadists crossing into Syria from Turkey's long and porous southern border to fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey seem to place no value on workers.
Violence erupted in the industrial town of Soma, Turkey, the site of a mine collapse that killed at least 238 workers.
Turkey's violence against women, its disturbing high numbers of domestic abuse cases, sums up its continued war on women.
Even other Islamic nations who see wife-beating as the norm have pointed fingers at Turkey's abuse of women.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS VIOLENCE IN THIS AREA OF THE WORLD TELL US?
WHY IS VIOLENCE SO RAMPANT HERE FOR HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF YEARS?
IT SEEMS THAT THE MIDDLE EAST HAS BEEN BURNING SINCE RECORDED TIME.
THESE ARE A RELATED PEOPLE, THEY HAVE KINSHIP AMONGST THEM, YET THEY SEEM PRONE TO KILLING ONE ANOTHER FOR CENTURIES ON END!
WHAT COULD MAKE BROTHER KILL BROTHER FOR SO LONG?