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Submitted by Daisy (United States), Aug 6, 2006 at 11:48

Faisal, you say, "I dont think that cold war is really ended .. Cold war never ended it is still there but not in a major way . In reality the interest of Russia has never gone from middle east and it is the provider of weapons and technologies . Hizbullah is getting arms from Syria and Iran both and the way they are firing missles and even attacked Israel navy warship shows that Russia and china are behind every thing .."

I'm not going to disagree with your most substantial point, which, if I'm understanding you correctly, is that the current mess in the ME has quite a bit to do with post cold war power grabs by Russia and China. It's a matter of historical record that some Arab states involved in Pan Arab movements and even Islamist movements were heavily affiliated with Communism. However warily, totalitarian regimes seem naturally to gravitate towards each other and this gravitational pull has been fully evident in the ME.

A notable exception in the ME is Israel which maintains a functional Democracy in the midst of mostly despotic regimes. On this point: "Hizbullah is getting arms from Syria and Iran both and the way they are firing missles and even attacked Israel navy warship shows that Russia and china are behind every thing ..." "Russia and china are behind every thing.. " Let's say that's completely true Faisal, still, you manage to leave out some crucial actors in this war: The Arabs! Do you really think of the Arabs as such extreme puppets fully manipulated by outside forces? I sure don't.

This dismissal by Arabs (and Muslims) of the notion of having an empowered will of their own (and this, incredibly, despite all evidence of the opposite being true!) .. and the corresponding trait of unwillingness to accept any responsibility for their will .. for instance .. the Intended Will to Destroy Israel!!! is, in my opinion, the single most frustrating barrier Arabs present to the rest of the world. And this denial of empowered will doesn't seem to have a very good track record for creating peaceful communication/understanding within the Arab community either. Here in the USA we mainly call it lying .. although some political/sociological (otherwise known as Diplomats) types call it obscurantism. What do you call it Faisal?

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