In my mind this is a brilliant article from today's Sunday Times, mainly for the concept it puts forward. I particularly like the last paragraph and the second half of the penultimate one. The idea that the West is viewed as the enemy, but if we withdraw it becomes a Sunni versus Shi'ite fight, is definitely food for thought. Didn't we used to say something similar about the Balkans? What do you think? What are the counter arguments?