It all gets sorted out by the end of the story; and is exciting, complex and funny all the way through the book. Virgil is a unique character with a unique perspective. He is laid back, laconic and extremely intelligent.
Did Turkey give Iran the names of Israeli Mossad agents allegedly operating in Turkey? If true -- and the public is unlikely to find out any time soon -- then Turkey breached one of fundamental unwritten rules of ethics in the lawless no-rules game of espionage.
Although there was no mention of Jonathan Pollard -- the American who spied for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison -- during President Obama's visit to Israel, Israeli leaders did call on Obama to release Pollard. And Obama refused.
Even Israel's biggest admirers do not, of course, expect perfection. But senior Israelis -- whether they are politicians, army generals, or intelligence chiefs -- often do seem to feel that they can do no wrong.
When you stop to think about it, pro-Israeli views in the semi-official Saudi media are not at all that surprising. The murky swamp of Middle East politics has nothing to do with the easy slogans and 30-second sound bites of presidential debates.
One of the most important debates on the world scene has gone silent. For more than a year, commentators and politicians worldwide had been discussing: How can Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program be stopped, and should Israel be stopped from bombing Iran?
If Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, should they be stopped before or after they may or may not have one? This is the scary, geo-political issue of the day involving the Middle East and therefore the world.
Dan Meridor is the Israeli government's leading moderate -- with the touch of a true intellectual. And Meridor now has an serious emergency at his hands: Iran's nuclear weapons, which Israel has vowed to stop -- with a war, if necessary.
How many world leaders can say that they have killed terrorist masterminds at point-blank range on a mission inside an enemy's capital? Barak has. How many world leaders have stormed a hijacked aircraft to rescue terrified passengers? Netanyahu has.
Let's forget about who is an "agent" of who. Let's not allow every conversation after an incident to devolve into random whodunit speculation. Let's stop trying to focus on who killed how many people and why. That's not in our control.
Did Eichmann and Hussein receive true justice by appearing in courts of law and sentenced to death under the rule of law? Was Osama bin Laden notably and unceremoniously treated to a revenge killing for his crimes?
Regardless of the motive, the shooting of controversial Brazilian ex-referee Arturo Godoi should remind sports fans everywhere it's getting tougher to tell the difference between competition and entertainment.
Today, the situation in Egypt is not so dissimilar to that of October 6, 1981 at 1 pm. Back then, Mubarak was vice president and Anwar Sadat was president. Now, nearly 30 years later, it's Mubarak's turn.