Sunday, April 09, 2017

Equilibrium? Hmmm?

The current political constellation in that region[the Middle East] - a balance of power among many independent political entities with more or less stable borders - is almost without parallel any time in the last several millenia. The last time the Middle East experienced such a situation was in the eighth century BC - almost 3000 years ago! From the rise of the neo-Assyrian Empire in the eighth century BC until the collapse of the British and French empires in the mid-twentieth century ADm, the Middle East passed from the hands of one empire to another, like a baton in a relay race.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, pg. 192

What does that say about the stability of the current situation?