The Collapsing State System and the Western Stake in the Middle East

The Westphalian System is a doctrine in international law that has been the generally accepted norm for the world order in the past couple of centuries. The basis of this doctrine is the Peace of Westphalia that put an end to the Thirty Years’ War in Europe in 1648.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) proved to be one of the most devastating wars in Europe’s history, one that left around eight million casualties. The war initially started over post-Reformation religious disputes between the Protestant and the Catholic states in the Holy Roman Empire. However, it later grew into an ongoing continental power struggle between the Habsburg Empire and the Bourbon Empire for the fate of Europe, where the Habsburgs and their Catholic allies closed ranks against an alliance of the Protestant anti-Habsburgians and the Catholic Bourbon Empire. That bloody war was concluded by the Peace of Westphalia.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    “whatever “order” is left behind shares the fundamental values of democracy, secularism, liberalism, human rights, and a predisposition to free market with the West.”
    That’s the same dreamer rhetoric that impelled Bush to nation build in Iraq.
    The muslim world should be walled off and isolated.

    • Millie_Woods

      That’s what I took from that article. It must be some kind May Day fools joke.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The Onion is no longer parody.

    • It should be quarantined.

  • Alain

    As soon as anyone trots out the bogus “international law” bit, my BS alarm goes off and I proceed with caution.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    A columnist in the Jerusalem Post favors scrapping international law and accumulated international conventions as archaic manifestations of European colonialism.

  • John

    The only thing the Mid-East mindset understands is the iron fist of a strong dictator. Unlike with the Judeo-Chistian world, Islam simply doesn’t provide the basic moral building blocks for a secular, civil society.

    It’s an honor-shame society with no civic culture to speak of.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This article seems written from the perspective of either a loyal opposition to the Iranian regime or a genuine opposition that wants to see the regime weakened. It’s entirely about the real or fake perception that somehow Iran will or must become more ‘tolerant’ internally.