Hard times for a columnist with deadlines to meet. Everything is in the air, variables multiply dizzily.

Handicapping the Middle East, more than ever, is mug’s game. Years on, Obama is still an enigma wrapped in a candy bar wrapper, Putin… what does he want? Who is Angie Merkel really? She has destroyed the Liberals, will she now destroy the Greens?

For me the two most significant things of the last few days, things that I think will be seen as turning points a few years from now, have been the American people’s, grassroots (both the right and left’s,) refusal to be stampeded into another war and the new Pope declaring that he never has been a “right-winger“.

Cross posted from: http://seaton-newslinks.blogspot.com