And While on the Subject of the Middle East…

Robert D. Kaplan has a piece in Foreign Policy today whose most salient point, "Peaceful or not, the future of the region will be one of weakened authority," is perceptive, I think. May have to defer that trip to Damascus for now ("Dozens reported dead in bloodiest day of uprising so far,") but I'm hankering for a visit to the Erbil Rotana Hotel, below, in nearby Kurdistan. 6x/week nonstop service from Vienna on Austrian Airlines flight OS 829.

Rotana

Photo from the hotel web site.

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