Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Annapolis: Why care?
It’s easy to brush off news of yet another
In this era when the media seems obsessed with sensation over substance, those of us who cover the less light-hearted matters of war and peace, in turn ask ourselves, if no one cares, why do we go to all the effort, risking our lives, worrying our loved ones, frittering away our youth covering a story with no end and no solution‹in sight?
Even though it would make not a fig of difference who Natalie Holloway’s murderer is or who killed the British exchange student in
In this part of the world, it is generally taken for granted that the bitter struggle between Palestinians and Israelis for this small sliver of land in the eastern Mediterranean is one of the main sources of fuel for violence against the West, specifically the
The October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, during which Egypt and Syria tried militarily to take back their territory Israel seized in the 1967 war, resulted in the Arab oil embargo, when most Arab oil producers refused to sell oil to the West in retaliation for its support of Israel.
In August 1990, Saddam Hussein sent his troops into
There have been several wars between
During that last twenty years, the Palestinians have twice risen up against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and
War and instability in the
The deliberations in
But insignificant it is not. If the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not resolved, if the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to fester, violence, and specifically anti-American violence, in the Middle East and beyond, is a certainty.
What is puzzling is that given all that is at stake - global security and stability, the health of the world economy, the standing of the
-- From Ben Wedeman, CNN International Correspondent
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