As many pundits have noted, despite the heavy fighting and appalling loss of life on both sides, this time around the "real" war was fought outside the Holy Land, on social media with hash-tags and YouTube videos. I rarely partake in online political debates, and am not a big social media user. This summer was no exception. I also rarely discuss political affairs on this blog as it is really meant to be limited to historical/philological matters. However, since so many visitors to this country whom I teach and guide eventually ask me, "so what do you think about the political situation here?", I feel as though I should say something. Like everyone, I read a lot of opinion pieces published over the last two months, and most of them left me with my head spinning. One, however, stands out in my mind as particularly lucid: "An Insider's Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth". It is written by Matti Friedman, a fairly young journalist who over the past ten years has become one of the most eloquent observers of current affairs in the Middle East. Please have a look. And when you are done with it, go read his excellent book, The Aleppo Codex.