Archives for January 2009
In decades to come, when the Middle East's history for this era is written, the current war in Gaza will be deemed a skirmish in the great Arab-Persian; Sunni-Shia; Arab nationalist-Islamist; Iran-Syria versus Egypt-Saudi Arabia conflict that is going to be the region's–and perhaps world's–main feature for the rest of our lifetimes.
<div class='abstract'>Let's say that you love the Palestinians, are sympathetic to Arabs, and are indifferent to Israel. Presumably, you would favor an immediate ceasefire to stop Palestinian suffering.</div>
Whatever became of reality, at least in analyzing the Middle East? Consider the following:
"With every image of the dead in Gaza inflaming people across the Arab world, Egyptian and Jordanian officials are worried that they see a fundamental tenet of the Middle East peace process slipping away: the so-called two-state solution, an independent Palestinian state coexisting with Israel."