This old boy was sitting on this sign early this morning as I entered Sainsburys. He was cawing in a somewhat tired manner and while a bit wary made no attempt to fly away as long as I kept my distance. He looked world weary and possibly did not wish to move unless forced to, I know how he feels! Later in the day he and his mates were soaring high above in the sunshine making the most of the sun before it disappears for the winter.
The Middle East is indeed the place to look for confusion. The Sunni Saudi's, along with the Sunni Qatari's, have spent much encouraging Syrians to rise up and fight Assad. How much US & western support that was given for this is hard to define. Iran & Russia have supported Assad, Shia Iran knows the Saudi's are in reality attacking them, and by encouraging the rise of various groups, now interspersed with a variety of Islamic groups, we see ISIS coming into prominence in northern Sunni Iraq. Southern Shia Iraq merely imports Iranians to help defend their bit.
Because they are a danger to us here we bomb ISIS, we give no support to Kurds fighting them as this upsets Turkey, our friend, who bomb Kurds because they are not their friends. Bombs have been falling all over the place occasionally on the right people and the total effect is near enough nil!
Now Russia has added their men to the fight informing the world they will bomb ISIS and instead bombing all the opponents of that nice Mr Assad.
One mistake with all these planes bombing this group and that is the chances of a US or Russian aircraft being downed by the other. That will be nice. Who to blame, what will be the result? We sit and wait.
Possibly Putin just wishes to be accepted in the Big World, possibly he is just a thug pushing his luck, possibly WW3 will arrive any time now. Naturally the media have taken the sides the government has told them to take, naturally much that is written is speculation. Naturally the people suffer, die and disappear into oblivion and nothing changes. David Cameron has spoken, no one listens.
While the Middle East fills the pages of the press wars elsewhere do not. This old story of the Central African Republic I note has not changed since it was written in January. The violence has been interrupted by the UN and French troops arriving but it continues yet. More refugees, more flooding into Europe - if they can get there - more violence, death and homelessness. The European press does little. Many places suffer in this world only some are worth mentioning it appears.