A post by Orhan and the discussion in comments reminded me this morning that the denominator “Middle East North Africa” seems to have linguistically replaced our old friend, the ever volatile “Middle East”. And I’m reminded too that another old ‘friend’, the war in Afghanistan is happening further to the east of that area close to Pakistan (and thus India and the slow simmering rivalry over Kashmir).
This AfPak, India, Kashmir nexus is something we no longer even mention. And yet, and yet . . . a failure of the government in Pakistan probably presents as much if not more danger to us as MENA.
So let’s remind ourselves that in the midst of all that, today is the 198th day of the tenth year of our war in Afghanistan. (And we’re now in our eighth year in Iraq.)