Saturday, November 13, 2004

Middle East

As many of you are aware, Yasser Arafat, president of the Palestinian Authority died earlier this week. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is key to stability in the Middle East and perhaps even the International Community. With Arafats death I have many concerns and hopes. My hope is that with Arafat's death will also die the Fatah movement, a movement that focuses on the destruction and abolishment of the Israeli state. If the Fatah movement, which Arafat began, is weakened I hope that it may allow for further dialogue and compromise. Which I hope, may lead to the creation of two sovereign and peaceful states. On the flip side the death of Arafat could further weaken the Palestinian Authority and allow for the strengthing of Milatant groups in Palestine. Particularly, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. This I believe will be heightened by Israel pulling out of the Gaza Strip, the main area of Hamas.

The conflict in the Middle East requires a maturity I fear that either side does not possess. As it progresses each side increasingly views the other side less as human and abstractly as the enemy. I believe we can see this by looking at the Intifada's. The First Intifada (89' - 93') was characterized by rocks being thrown. In the current Intifada it is being defined by a wall being erected, effectively placing the Palestinians in ghetto's, and suicide bombings. Will the increase in violence continue to shift moderates on either side to increasingly militant stances? As to the role of the US and the UN, I have always been of the mindset that the leadership and solutions should come within the two factions. The Arab world views the US as being too pro-Israeli and the Western World and Israel view the UN as being pro-Palestinian. I would like to thank my Father for sparking this, and for those of you looking for more information I would suggest: www.bitterlemons.org which allows for Israeli and Palestinian views on issues (allows for some objectivity) and for some general history on the conflict http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab-Israeli_conflict. Enjoy and keep chewing.

2 Comments:

At 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm. Great post. I am pretty ignorant with issues in the Middle East, but that is really insightful; especially when considering the Israeli/Palestinian role in Middle East stability. I need to check out your web cites too.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Shadow Crescent Knight said...

I concour mmm... yes(in a british accent). I would have to say probably the biggest problem in the current state of affairs could be the possibility of the eminent power vaccum as you mentioned about. But the craziest thing is that many of those groups represented have a tight hold in community affairs, some you could also argue would rather that the conflict in the region continue: there is money to be made in terrorism. And without any responsible rational thinking brought to the table we could see an increase in tension between palestinians and israelis as well as palestinians and palestinians.
Any way yeah! Have a great day Bryan!

 

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