Reports in the Indie that the primitive barbarians from the KSA are deploying forces to Turkey are deeply disturbing. Erdogan is as mad as a bucket of eels, and KSA has abandoned whatever sense it had in the face of a race to the bottom for oil. The pretext is to provide a joint force to take on Daesh / ISIS, but a glance at the map shows this is nonsense. The common border between Turkey and Daesh / ISIS, through which Turkey funnels arms and men and gets oil in return, is being squeezed on both sides by the Kurds, aided by a ferocious Russian air assault that disrupts enemy movement. Turkey's other tame Sunni Islamist rebels to the west are being wasted by joint Syrian, Russian, Iranian and Shia militia forces. As the Indie rightly calls it, these are two regional powers feeling hard done by and on the back foot in the civil war, which Iran, Assad and Shia forces are winning.
Saudi Arabia - With the clock ticking on the corrupt and venal kingdom's ability to buy everyone off with a shrinking reserve of oil money, and internal stability from their own Shia population in the east of the state starting to crumble, KSA is resorting to ever more barbarian and savage means of civil control, whilst pouring money into an appallingly badly run campaign against the tiny Yemen statelet that is achieving absolutely nothing. Despite the reported presence of our own special forces to help them out. Throwing troops into Syria who will come into direct conflict with Iranian, Russian and Syrian forces is throwing $25 gasoline onto the flames.
Assad is truly delusional if he actually believes that Syria is ever going to revert to the meaningless Sykes-Picot boundaries of the past. This also goes for Iraq; the whole area is crying out for a settlement based on Kurd, Sunni and Shia autonomous areas, with a dib of oil for each.
Turkey is fighting against any recognition of a Kurdish state - and Erdogan's sanity is being challenged by losing to both Kurds and Shia, being humiliated in his intention to destroy Assad, and being burdened with millions of migrants whose route to Europe will shortly be blocked. His shaky hold on power will lead to desperate measures - and, as I've said before, he's the west's most compelling and immediate enemy, who covertly supports the destruction of liberal Europe.
Meanwhile we have .... Cameron, a dysfunctional FCO and the weakest international presence since 1797, with our Arabist idiots backing Sunni against Shia, Cameron's wife reportedly wielding a malevolent influence and piss-poor diplomatic and state resources. The EU is even worse; apart from Senior Official JC Juncker (unelected) even educated readers will be hard put to identify the fragrant Catherine Ashton's successor without prompting (Federica Mogherini; Who?) and the EU is effectively playing no part at all in securing a peace deal.
Readers who recommend we secure our own interests and spend our efforts avoiding any fallout from the Sunni - Shia civil war are quite correct. Our three aircraft should return to their little hanger in England, our SAS troopers come home from Yemen and we must lock the door into our own realm for Saudi despots, princelings and barbarian savages, however wealthy, and let them slug it out in the ME until enough blood has been shed to exhaust them both.