Diplomatic negotiations have moved into the delicate phase of name calling. Trump has been called retarded and mental and Iran has been threatened with obliteration. I wonder where the Iranians got the idea from?
The clock on regime change is ticking
Iranian President calls White House 'mentally retarded'
The Big Picture
In order to understand the big picture you need to select the link below the thumbnail to get the "big" map.
If we are going to descend to the level of the "playground" then let us use the analogy. We have a big playground with two gangs. One gang calls themselves Shia and the other gang calls themselves Sunni. They both want to be in charge of the playground. We have a smaller kid who has pushed into the playground and has a special relationship with the headmaster (who some consider retarded). The small kid was often bullied when he was younger. He cries a lot and was forced to move away because he was naughty but now he wants his spot in the playground back. The small kid who has claimed a part of the playground has kicked out another kid and won't let him play marbles in the corner anymore. Some consider the small kid a bully always running to the headmaster (who he has some kind of hold over) and telling tales. Suffice to say the small kid and the headmaster had a good idea. What if they suck up to the Sunni gang? If they can get the Sunni gang to ignore the kid who wants to play marbles in the corner then the Sunni gang together with the retarded headmaster and the crying kid can beat up the Shia gang and have the playground to themselves. And they lived happily ever after (NOT). Because bad actors like that always end up slapping, pinching and pulling each others hair. And the chief of the board of governors is coming to inspect the playground and the school. And he will kick the backside of that retarded headmaster, the small crying kid and all the gangs until they say that they are sorry. He did the same thing to the naughty cry baby a long time ago and the kid is still not sorry:
"When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh,
what will he do unto those husbandmen?
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those
wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other
husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits
in their seasons" (Matthew 21:40-41 ).
Are ye not entertained?
It is very difficult to get up-to-date maps with the ever changing sands of the Middle East
Here is an excellent map put together by a university (from 2011):
Here is an important article with maps from 2017 describing the Shia/Sunni struggle (good read):
Medieval Times in the Modern Middle East
By George Friedman and Kamran Bokhari