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Monday, January 30, 2006

Now, Good Liberals, Do We Simply Ignore This Kind Of Stuff?

I heard a tape of Wolf Blitzer's interview with the head of (or a head of) Hamas on the way in this morning, and was astounded to learn of another example why there is little or no hope of any sort of longterm peaceful solution in the Middle East. Since the 1940's, Arab literature has repeated the outright lie that Israel's designs are on the territory between the Nile and Euphrates rivers (i.e. from Egypt to Iraq). It is also widely believed in the Arab world that the two blue, horizontal stripes on Israel's flag depict these two rivers and symbolize this Israeli manifest destiny. Back to my point. The high ranking representative from Hamas, when asked specifically by Blitzer whether his organization accepts a two-state solution, began rambling on about the Israeli flag and this fable about the desire to turn the area from the Nile to the Euphrates into a Zionist state. It is truly frightening that entire cultures top to bottom can and do buy into demonstrably false assertions such as this. (Of course, this pathology is evident elsewhere in Arab/Muslim culture...see, "Blood Libel"). However, it is more frightening to me that so little time is spent seeking to understand who and what we are dealing with here.
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