Western analysts are forever bleating about the strategic importance of the middle east. But despite its oil, this backward region is less relevant than ever, and it would be better for everyone if the rest of the world learned to ignore it.
So says Edward Lattwak, who presents a compelling case, in one short essay.
When you consider the column inches devoted to all things middle east, including oil, terrorism, global threats, cultural clashes, alleged repression and dispossession, supposed burgeoning military might, and on and on it goes, Lattwak makes it all look anencephalous and anfractuous .
His lucid thoughts beg the question why politicians, of all hues, the world over are so cringingly and persistently stupid in relation to the middle east.
The Middle of Nowhere ...