Welcome to the Middle East. With few exceptions, a garden variety of seventeenth century Europe; gruesome wars over religion, sect, ethnicity – and any pretexts you can think of.
This in addition to oppression, poverty, inequality, illiteracy, unemployment, and any other ills you can think of.
Statist systems and global and regional geopolitical rivalries override the right to life and human dignity.
It is not the first time we have witnessed human debasement on such a large scale and, sadly, it might not be the last. The tragedy is that the Middle East enjoys all the natural and human resources to prosper and be at peace, were it not for the dire lack of good governance and unscrupulous – at times illegal – and shortsighted foreign meddling.