A Monarch’s Dire Warning About the Middle East

One of the premises of the Perfect Storm Hypothesis is that there are many factors arising in the not too distant future which will seperately or jointly degrade life on this planet as we know it.

These factors are not solely limited to ecological and climatic issues. Humanity’s political, economic and ideological errors and conflicts will also play a major part.

This piece about the current and ongoing problems in the Middle-East is a clear example of the deadly and intractable problems that are arising within mankind’s competing societies.

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Exclusive: the world is “doomed,” Jordan’s King Abdullah II tells TIME, if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not solved by 2007

Striding past ceremonial Circassian guards into a sitting room at Basman Palace, King Abdullah II is looking fresh and energetic, as if he has just come from another spin around town on his treasured Harley-Davidson. But his natural ebullience masked an uncharacteristic inner gloom that deepened this summer when the Middle East was plunged into yet another conflict with the Israeli-Hizballah war in Lebanon.

As the 44-year-old monarch settled into a stuffed sofa for a 1-hour TIME interview for a story to appear in the coming week’s magazine, he drew a dark picture of a region consumed by conflicts old and new, threatened by emerging Sunni-Shiite tensions and at risk of being completely destabilized if the U.S. attacks Iran. “I believe the Lebanese war dramatically opened all our eyes to the fact that if we don’t solve the Palestinian issue, the future looks pretty bleak for the Middle East,” he said. “I’m one of the most optimistic people you’ll come across. For the first time, I started becoming pessimistic towards the region.”

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