It is a simple fact that many “countries” in the Middle East are not really nation-states as they are understood to be in the West, but rather often unhappy agglomerations of ethnic, tribal, sectarian and even national groups having little in common.
Instability in the Middle East can be measured by the extent of tribal, sectarian, ethnic and national frictions in any “country” in the region.
VERGENNES — The host Vergennes Champs swim team used their greater depth to pull away from the Middlebury Panthers on Thursday, 277.5-172.5, in the Champlain Valley Swim League opener for the county teams and friendly rivals.
In contested individual races in the Vergennes city pool, the Champs held just a 20-19 edge in first-place finishes, while another race resulted in a tie. But the host team not only earned more second- and third-place points, but also dominated the relays.