Out of the blue this morning it was announced that BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has been freed by his Arab captors in Gaza. Alan was taken almost four months ago and one has to admire the fortitude shown by his parents under the almost unbearable circumstances.
What also strikes me is the total unpredictability of so many of these groups and militias in the melting pot of the Middle East. Very difficult to understand when looking through western eyes. But for the moment the main thing is the happy outcome here.