‘It is undeniably terrifying to watch the western powers trying to grapple with an almost limitless rat’s nest of interconnected problems in the Middle East. The situation is one of such byzantine complexity that the challenge feels like a pan-dimensional chess board on which every piece is wired to electrocute if the wrong move is made. There may be no right moves at all, just a choice of slightly less wrong ones … ‘ (Matthew Norman in todays ‘i’ newspaper, in the article ‘Boris: the last remnant of credibility’)
Beware simplistic opinions!
(Chart from joshualandis.com. I don’t know enough about the situation to be able to vouch for its accuracy but it does show some of the complexities).