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December 2, 2006

A culture of violence

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 9:10 am

Virtually not a day has passed recently without some famous person declaring that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key to solving all the problems of the Muslim world – from Kofi Annan (“As long as the Palestinians live under occupation… so long will passions everywhere be inflamed”) through Henry Kissinger (“a restarted Palestinian peace process should play a significant role” in resolving the Iranian nuclear crisis) to Tony Blair (an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is “the core” of any effort to resolve other Middle East problems and defeat “global extremism.”)

It is astonishing that so many intelligent people could seriously espouse such an obvious falsehood. Do they really believe that Sunni Muslims and Shi’ite Muslims – whose views on Israel are identical – are slaughtering each other in Iraq because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Or that anti-Syrian politicians in Lebanon – who are no less anti-Israel than the pro-Syrian sort – are being assassinated by Syria and threatened with a coup by Hizbullah because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

That Arab Muslims are committing genocide against black Muslims in Sudan because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

That Taliban Muslims are murdering non-Taliban Muslims in Afghanistan because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

That Chechen Muslims took Russian schoolchildren hostage in Beslan because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

That Muslims and Hindus are killing each other in Kashmir because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

That Muslims worldwide rioted over Danish cartoons because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The list could go on for pages.

But the theory of Israeli-Palestinian centrality is not only false, it is dangerous – because it prevents the world from addressing the real root cause of all these conflicts, including the Israeli-Palestinian one: a widespread culture in the Muslim world that views violence and threats of violence as legitimate means of resolving disputes.

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