I am always frustrated when people exhibit ignorance of the history and politics of the region, yet also express strong views. People tend to take sides in a discussion, and refuse to acknowledge that there is another side, or even other sides. The situation in the
I have always been frustrated when people introduce the idea that either (i)
Since 1987-1988, when I lived in
- The Palestinian Arabs would eventually achieve some degree of autonomy.
would eventually withdraw from at least some of the territory that lies outside of the Green Line (pre-1967 borders). Israel
- The Palestinian Arabs would fuck up through some form of aggression.
would use the Palestinian aggression as an excuse to go back in. Israel
And it has happened exactly like that.
People have accused
People have said that it is not the Palestinians or Lebanese who are waging war on
Many people are justifiably upset that
Hezbollah from the north and Hamas from the south have been firing rockets into
It is a tragedy that innocent people are losing their lives and their homes on both sides. I have heard people argue that
Where is all of this going? I don’t know. I hope that international intervention and diplomacy can bring an end to this latest conflict before it widens. But it is very scary that there is that potential for escalation.
I found a very good article this morning in the Baltimore Sun. It was written by Shibley Telhami, who is the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the