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The Middle East Watches, and Waits, for the Next American President

President Barack Obama, in his address to the annual opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that it would be desirable for the Israelis not to develop Palestinian land (settlements) and for the Palestinians to accept the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. This is true, but also a truism. While everyone knows that there have been fierce ethnic, tribal, sectarian, and national disputes in the Middle East for centuries, most would not know that there has been an almost constant state of war for 4,000 years across much of the area, despite the comparatively stabilizing influence over centuries of the Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and British and French empires.

As a prominent Lebanese journalist recently reflected, Arabs shriek of crimes and vengeance if an outside power knocks down two Arab houses, but they scarcely react at all in polemical terms as Arabs themselves lay waste whole Arab countries.

  • Heltau

    Depends on who is going to be elected to the office.
    They might be waiting for a lot longer time than they thought.

  • Sid Falco

    Black’s tongue is permanently clamped to either turkish or saudi buttocks.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If Hillary is inclined to go easier on Israel than Obama, Huma will be around to keep her in line.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If nothing else, there’s great entertainment value in watching the vacuum that Obama created resulted in genocide on an industrial scale while so called ‘Arab Leaders’ can’t muster the self respect to do anything but blame the Jews and Republicans, Trump, the EU’s increasing resistance to ‘migrants’ and so forth. Anyone who’s watched the ‘palestinians’ all these years sees the Arab cultural trait of murdering the last guy in town who could keep the lights on then they squat in the dust screaming that it’s the Jews fault and somebody better rush in to fix their stuff for them so they can continue to bang their silver bowls and cry. Across the Arab world they’re getting pretty close to a 7 figure body count now and that’s fine by me.