One minute Middle East update
With Islamic extremists raising their ominous-looking flags over Falluja and Ramadi again, it's not looking too good in Iraq and the rest of the neighborhood. Sure, Iraqi government forces may take back some territory they lost, but it's never a good sign when you have to shell your own country to maintain order.
The scariest part about this is that the violence is spreading. Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have all had some nasty sectarian and tribal fighting lately that doesn't fit neatly into any of the old national boundaries.
I know we're all tired of paying attention to the Middle East and learning those funny names, but the situation is bad and could get much worse. Unfortunately sometimes, the whole world is our backyard. One-Minute Mapping is my attempt to make the confusing alliances and rivalries in the region a little more accessible and understandable. "Enjoy" the cartoon and be sure to share it with your friends. As usual, you'll be able to find more links to news stories behind the cartoon right below in the "News Behind the Toons" list.