Take the war between Hamas and Israel for example. The war is never going to end if you allow me to have a guess, not until the current generation of leadership dies and replaced by the next crop and even that. No matter how hard Israel punishes Hamas by cutting off electricity and so on, it'll not stop them from trying to attain their ultimate goal: the destruction of the "Zionist enemy". Hamas on the other hand is not going to give up arms and go to the negotiating table because if they do, someone else will come and take their spot as "destroyer of Israel". One, they'll become weak by negotiating and in the face of Muslim fanaticism, their power will be usurped. Two, complacency leads to problems. While I lack the knowledge regarding Middle Eastern affairs, by looking at the bigger picture, it is obvious to see that the war is going be become generational and unless strong and visionary leaders rise from both places, no amount of intervention is going to ensure the end of the bloodshed. Change is the only constant and status quo will be formed and then broken.
I hate to say this but peace in the Middle East is something that won't be achieved in the next few decades. It may be sustained temporarily bu true peace will never come. Religion is not always a good thing.
Moving on to another example, I recently read an article regarding China's aircraft carrier ambition. According to the author, China will unveil its prototype aircraft carrier named Shi Lang after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the article, it mentioned about a possible naval confrontation with India over energy supplies and how China may need to have bases in Myanmar AKA Burma. This made me think of why China played a little role in the pressuring of Burma over its human rights abuses. Because it considered the bigger picture. A number of factors must be taken into considerations before China makes any major decisions because in the bigger picture, everything is linked and has repercussions. If China pushed hard to satisfy Western desires, it'll be left with few allies in times of need. Of course, other factors comes into play, not just military but I'll not mention them here.
As I read my article, it seems that nothing is linked and somewhat superficial. It's probably my poor method of expression. The mind turns faster than what I can transpose into written English. If you could step into my mind, perhaps you'll be able to glimpse more than the fraction of what I have written here.