The End of Hope in the Middle East
Summer always seems to be the cruelest season in the Middle East. The examples include the June 1967 war, Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the hijacking of Trans World Airlines Flight 847 in 1985, Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and the Islamic State's rampage through Iraq in 2014.
The summer of 2020 has already joined that list. But the world should also be attuned to another possibility. Given how widespread bloodshed, despair, hunger, disease, and repression have become, a new-and far darker-chapter for the region is about to begin.