Iraq is rapidly becoming one of the worst places in the world all over again.
Al Qaeda has reconquered the city of Mosul. Iraqi soldiers dropped their weapons and fled.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has declared a state of emergency, but his army appears to be useless despite years of American training.
The Al Qaeda group that took the city is ISIS—the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The Syrian war has been exploding beyond its borders for some time now. I see no reason why that should stop or even slow down. Soon we might stop thinking of it as the Syrian war and refer to it as the region-wide war that started in Syria.