The most volatile tinderbox area of the world where the danger of war exists is the Middle East.
Dissidents continue to organize protests against the government of Bahrain, a Persian Gulf kingdom known for its large scale oil production.
The political opposition is completely barred from the election. Almost all political groupings of democratic orientation have called for a boycott of the sham.
Qatar is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, yet the majority of its population are immigrant workers who are harshly exploited with few rights.
The talk of covert action, "no fly zones," and military involvement via proxies has ratcheted up following the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution.
Hundreds of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other Egyptian cities Wednesday on the first anniversary of the Jan. 25, 2011, uprising that led to the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak.
This situation, if not resolved, could lead to a conflagration of unimaginable proportions, with consequences that will reverberate throughout the Middle East and the world.
With the announcement of Gaddafi's death, it was clear that the uprising had entered a new phase.
Israel approved a prisoner swap with Gaza's governing Hamas movement early this morning, prompting celebratory street parties in both Israel and Palestine.
With less than two years to go before the next presidential election in Iran a power struggle to determine its outcome is in full swing.