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Monday, June 28, 2010

Peace in the Near East

I was reading through Sunday's New York Times Book Review and came across a review of a new Bernard Lewis book, Faith and Power:&nbps; Religion and Politics in the Middle East and of Muhammad and the Believers:  At the Origins of Islam, by Fred M Donner.  Professor Donner I have never heard of, but Mr Lewis is more widely known.

The reviewer, Reporter Max Rodenbech, didn't much like the Bernard Lewis book, but he did extract for us this little quote:
If the conflict is about the size of Israel, then long and difficult negotiations can eventually resolve the problem.  But if the conflict is about the existence of Israel, then serious negotiation is impossible.
That about sums it up.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

Jack Mitchell said...

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.

As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.

The chart, published by Stratfor and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog, shows that over the last few weeks a naval carrier -- the USS Harry S Truman -- has been positioned in the north Indian Ocean, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into the Persian Gulf. The carrier joins the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was already located in the area. The chart is dated June 23, 2010.