I thought I'd post this cool animated map that I came across at Ewan MacIntosh's blog.
"Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians, Europeans...the list goes on. Who will control the Middle East today? That is a much bigger question."
Maps of War
Oh yes, the title was inspired by the Japanese saying;
"The frog in the well knows nothing of the sea."