By Michael Clarke in The Guardian, February 15
Conclusion of the article headlined “If the Syria ceasefire fails, ISIS will be the least of the West’s problems”:
…First, ISIS is not the crisis. It is a symptom of a civil war within Islam in the Middle East, between Shias and Sunnis, and between mainstream and extremist Sunni sympathies.
Second, the conflict of which ISIS is only a symptom is the struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia for dominance. It may be defined by religion, but this struggle is essentially about the unstoppable political ambitions of the two most significant regional powers.