British EU official Catherine Ashton, front left, walks with Iraq’s Hoshyar Zebari to talks between the P5+1 and Iran.

President Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice. Here’s a question, not an answer: With every issue in the Middle East intertwined with every other, like a giant bowl of spaghetti, where do you begin?

In reality, no matter where you begin in the Middle East, each strand connects to almost every other:

Syria? Immediately you must think of the Turks who are harboring refugees and fighters just across the border, and Syrian Kurds, who are beginning to harbor thoughts of autonomy and are increasing contacts with their ethnic brothers in Iraq and Turkey.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/16/opinion/sick-mideast/index.html?hpt=hp_c2)

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