The Middle East is in turmoil, is falling apart. The largest country, Egypt, has no organized government and is sliding toward chaos and civil war. Lybia is re-organizing itself. Syria is already in a civil war. Iraq is divided and its central government is either imaginary or ineffective. The stable ethnic states in the region are Turkey, Israel, Iran and possibly Saudi Arabia (although its robustness have never been tried in war). If Europe gets itself organized, this region is ripe for re-colonization.