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Violent Nature of Arab Society

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Submitted by Robert Novich (United States), Jul 28, 2002 at 20:09

A key part of any discussion of violence in the Middle East that is always omitted is the violent nature of order in Arab society. Intimidation and violence rule in that part of the world. We tend to apply our Western civilized values in attempting to understand and solve problems in the Middle East, but it's probably inappropriate.

Israel must utilize aggressive measures to deal with intimidation, violence and murder. We can't even imagine the levels of human and technological intelligence they are using in their survival against hositle neighbors. Other countries, especially those of the region, would not hestitate to kill thousands who oppose them. The ability of Israel to kill the equivalent of Bin Laden, with a laser guided two thousand pound bomb, in a densely populated area, and only kill 14 human beings is to be commended and is remarkable. Furthermore, Israel in its actions as always reminds the terrorists that not only will they be pursued in a relentless manner, but it also alerts those close to those terrorists, that they are in danger as well.


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