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Western Ideology is Harmful in the Middle East

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Submitted by Mike Nargizian (United States), May 27, 2002 at 02:23

Western Ideology says if there is a situation we can fix it and usually quickly and live happily ever after. If there is a problem we HAVE TO SOLVE IT. If we can't, it reflects our impudence as an "Enlightened" or "Civil" Society...

Wars don't solve anything but provide for violence and death. Terrorism cannot be defeated thus talking with supposedly "aggrieved" parties is the best policy. (DEFEATISM)?

How quickly history repeats itself amid the arrogance and selective memory of educated and "enlightened" Western Modern Day Society. Hitler was a terrorist and a mafia thug. Arafat's mentor, Mufti Husseini, was a key Nazi supporter and co-conspirator particularly in exterminating the Jews. Hitler remarked about Ghandi, "Shoot him and shoot 20 of his main supporters and that will end that problem"

The more one knows about the history and politics in the Middle East and Israel the more one realizes that this problem cannot and WILL NOT be solved diplomatically.

When a diplomat or commentator who supports diplomacy and the eventual 2 states is asked what evidence they have that this is so... the usual response is it has to be better than the current situtaiton??? REALLY IS THIS SO???

If you analyzed the potential problems with this as well as perhaps the greater magnitude of them with a Palestinian state you could argue and much more effectively the EXACT OPPOSITE TO THIS WESTERN IDEOLOGICAL BASED IDEA.

Remember how cautious Mr. Rabin was going into Oslo from the beginning he understood this exact thing! Tragically this brave man was murdered and is not able to explain to all of what is left of the Oslophites that the process is a DIRE FAILURE....
One only has to listen to Fouad Ajami, who states that the conflict in Israel is the RESULT of the ever present and endemic problems in Middle Eastern society and its governments -- not the CAUSE by any means!! When you understand that, you understand perhaps that any ground Israel gives in the meantime is only a tragedy of succumbing to the Western Instinct to act deferentially and will not help ease the situation and will likely make it more dangerous and potentially Armagedonesque!!
Mike Nargizian

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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Palestinians' Shoes... [114 words]Katherine WilliamsOct 21, 2002 22:293168
Western Ideology is Harmful in the Middle East [362 words]Mike NargizianMay 27, 2002 02:23485
Response to comment: Two States is Suicide for Both! [17 words]William J. SturmMay 26, 2002 23:30483
As Long As Iran and Iraq Are Players Arafat Won't Be Defeated [283 words]Joe LeviMay 25, 2002 06:41478
"The more destruction I see, the stronger I get" [221 words]Avi E SmithMay 23, 2002 11:57469
Two States is Suicide for Both! [303 words]Mike NargizianMay 23, 2002 00:42462
Hussein Ibish--Is He For Real? [51 words]Grace M. VogtMay 22, 2002 21:15460
A Different Ratio? [52 words]Boris GalinskyMay 22, 2002 17:33458
Shut Down Resources for Wreaking Terror [47 words]Ella SmithMay 22, 2002 15:20454
Moderate Muslims Must Be Strengthened [41 words]David W. LincolnMay 22, 2002 13:38451
Another Rationale for Palestinian Violence [162 words]Yochanan ben DanielMay 22, 2002 11:32450
Is a Change of Heart Possible? [199 words]David KrossMay 22, 2002 11:13449
I am confused [118 words]Dark PlanetMay 22, 2002 11:02448
Achieving a Palestinian Democracy Should be the US Goal [339 words]Leon SegalMay 22, 2002 10:44446
Sharon Does Not Get the Credit He Deserves [195 words]Ron PollandMay 22, 2002 09:21443
The State Department is Part of the Problem [70 words]Pete GuerrieriMay 22, 2002 04:08438
Hope is eternal! [247 words]William J. SturmMay 22, 2002 02:14436
Who is Condemning the Violence? [182 words]David GerstmanMay 21, 2002 22:07434
Palestinian Terror Will Continue Indefinitely [73 words]Stanley YarkinMay 21, 2002 22:07433
The Head of the Snake [341 words]Stan BeerMay 21, 2002 21:27432
Two Comments [255 words]I BrodskyMay 21, 2002 21:08431
Positive Views [15 words]Tom FoltzMay 21, 2002 21:08430
Economy Holding Up? [148 words]Harriet TarlowMay 21, 2002 20:01427
End of Conflict? [24 words]Jan KarlstroemMay 21, 2002 19:11426
The Real Problem in the Middle East [102 words]Michael RifkinMay 21, 2002 18:08425
3What's the real problem of the Middle East ( the holy lands)? [548 words]Oğuzhan KonezJan 21, 2006 09:08425
Guilty of believing their own rhetoric [138 words]Mark FeldsteinMay 21, 2002 17:25424
I Hope You're Right [96 words]Bruce StevensMay 21, 2002 16:41423
The world's support gives them the sense of moving forward [153 words]Lucy TsirelsonMay 21, 2002 16:06422
Hope? [340 words]Glenn KlotzMay 21, 2002 16:02421
Accelerating Hope [64 words]Steven HessMay 21, 2002 15:33419
Is there really hope? [301 words]Ethan CoreyMay 21, 2002 15:33418
A Useful Analogy to Remember [124 words]Tomer KramerMay 21, 2002 14:46416
But what of the Islamic extremists? Saudi Arabia is not our friend [459 words]Byron SmithMay 21, 2002 13:38415

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