The View From the Sidelines

Can anyone make sense of the Middle East? Certainly those of us who perforce rely on television and newspaper reporting and analysis are in a poor position to do so, for all the professionalism and expertise of journalists and pundits. But it seems that the State Department, the Foreign Office in London, and the Quai d’Orsay are equally at a loss. Over much of the region they can’t even be sure which side they want to win, let alone which of the many sides they should support with money, weapons, training, etc.

  • Making sense of the Middle East is easy.

    Islam is the problem.

    You can spin all kinds of plots, coups, terror attacks, social dysfunction and more, and the core problem is Islam.

    As long as Islamic theology remains as it is, the Middle East will be a dysfunctional area.

    Example: Imagine Afghanistan before Islam. It was a peaceful Hindu/Buddhist society. Add Islam = hell hole.

    • Millie_Woods

      It’s not just the middle east. It’s the same wherever they go.

  • deplorabledave

    “That empire had long been in decline, and in its decline it was for the most part lightly governed and in matters of religion tolerant. Christians and Jews lived, mostly unmolested, in towns and cities throughout the empire. There was a large Greek population in Turkey itself, and cities like Beirut, Aleppo, and Alexandria were cosmopolitan.”

    Tell that to the million plus Armenians murdered and I have a book on my desk called the genocide of the ottoman Greeks.

    • Clausewitz

      I’ll add in an addendum called Cyprus.

  • Millie_Woods

    The Jewish people are living in their homeland. The Muslims believe that land belongs to Islam just as they believe all lands they settle in belongs to Islam. In fact they will state that in no uncertain terms and they prove it wherever they go by fomenting violence and social unrest. You don’t have to be an expert in statecraft to understand this. But our governments want us to believe they can negotiate a deal that will lead to the muhamaden’s turning their back on Muhammad’s prophecies. Fourteen hundred years of history and current events show this to be wishful thinking. There are only two choices, fight or submit. The Israelis know this, we in the west need to relearn it.

  • Ed

    Blah blah blah.

    The lesson of history is Keep them the hell out of here!!!

  • Let’s put Netanyahu in charge of the entire region and let him sort it out.

  • simus1

    The simplest explanation is that the current western policy consists of finding the most evil muslim terrorists on offer and assisting them to take power. Then again, it isn’t that current. Remember Soviet occupied Afghanisistan ?