On the "Social Grid" Today (8/26/2014): Briefly on #Gaza, #Libya , #Syria & #Islamic State

For this edition of "View of the Week", there is somewhat of a good news.  There is a new truce in Gaza that has been announced that seems to be holding.  This is as the internal political dynamics of Israel continues to be played out as well and as the immense challenge of rebuilding Gaza begins: 


A sense of celebration has prevailed in Gaza,though:

Beyond Israel, though, the profound challenge in #Syria and #Iraq continues to be ever so a persistent challenge to the long-term stability of the Middle East.    The so-called Islamic State continues its' reign of terror with no apparent end in site.    Vijay Prashad's Matter-Of-Fact comments on the true reality today is chilling: 

Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of U.S Invasion of Iraq, Destruction of Nation | Democracy Now!

He was ever so right when he noted that it is easy to destroy, but hard to build.   It took over 100 years for the Iraqi state to be built--and it was destroyed in an afternoon.  As Professor Prashad reflected upon the profound challenges the World faces today, he has also been commenting on the situation in Libya.    He shared his insights on the reality of Libya and how the various cities declared independence--and as the militias were paid by the Government in Tripoli to keep the peace.    As Professor Prashad has noted, it is weird--but it is scary enough to have prompted all North African Ministers to meet in Cairo.   It is just so scary that Libya Parliamentarians are planning on meeting on a cruise ship as the security situation is so volatile and the World remains silent.

 It is absolutely scary.

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