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Reader comment on item: Obama vs. McCain on the Middle East

Submitted by janusz Kowalik (United States), Jun 5, 2008 at 20:02

Professor Pipes is clearly describing two different approaches to the Middle East complex issues by the two leading presidential candidates, Obama and Mc Cain. It is also clear that Obama is not experienced in foreing policy matters and if elected will have to learn how to deal with the world conflicts and instabilities.

Clearly the Middle East ipresents one of a very complex problems far more entangled than the WW2 or the Vietnam . and the Korean conflicts in the past.. The key diffuculty is not the existence of the Jewish state of Israel but a many centuries long mutual religion based hate between Moslems and Jews. This hate goes back to the time when Muhammad was still alive and hated Jews for not subscribing to his new religion.

America has a difficult dilemma. How to stabilize the Middle East and at the same time show some evenhandedness dealing qith Jews and Arabs.Solving this problem will require very high level of diplomacy and a lot of patience . It may take several generations for Israelis and Arabs to realize that continuing the current level of the mutal suspicion and mistrust is a hopeless strategy. At this point America will be able to become neutral .and turn its attention to many other urgent global problems without focusing on Israel and Arabs.

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