web analytics
July 26, 2014 / 28 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Yawning over the Latest Headline News from the Middle East

Like the cat in the Tom and Jerry cartoons, the Middle East spins without reaching the goal.

Like the cat in the Tom and Jerry cartoons, the Middle East spins without reaching the goal.

Originally published at Daniel Pipes.

The Middle East does offer some signs of hope, such as the inspiring example of Israel, the metaphorical “villa in the jungle“; the bracing prospect of Islamists falling into disarray; and the emergence of an independent Kurdistan.

But these are the exceptions. In general, the regions these days hosts such unchanging, repetitious and dreary news that this commentator barely reads the news and has little to say about it. Consider some leading issues of the moment:

  • Disagreement over the very terms of the Joint Plan of Action with Tehran.
  • A futile peace conference aiming to settle the Syrian civil war.
  • Futile Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
  • Regional actors either alarmed by or appeasing Tehran – or both.
  • Ghastly new atrocities in the Syrian civil war.
  • Daily brutality in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iran, and Afghanistan.
  • Political shuffling in Egypt and Tunisia.
  • An increasingly dictatorial Turkish prime minister.
  • Water crises developing in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

How many times can one ridicule the diplomacy, bemoan the violence, or raise the alarms? What creative foreign policy other than a simple self-defense can one propose toward so toxic a region? Frenetic action and little movement reduce much analysis to repetition. With negative trends so predominant, one hardly knows whether to wish for continuity or change in the Middle East.

Disheartened and bored, I have somewhat pulled back from daily politics and am delving more into deeper, larger, and historical issues. My recent columns covered the African-American Muslim past, the Russian Muslim future, and surveyed Middle Eastern failures.

Two columns ahead deal with the extensive non-religious implications of adopting Islam and the possibility of an Islamism “with a human face.” Future analyses will discuss the devastation to the Middle East’s environment, the temptation to ignore jihadi motives, and the inconsistent use of the word terrorism.

This dismal moment perhaps offers an opportunity to write longer articles and even return to book projects interrupted by 9/11.

About the Author: Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

One Response to “Yawning over the Latest Headline News from the Middle East”

  1. It has All been tried to resolve the Middle East Dillemas ; except the the one and only remedy for this Chronic Illness –That is: Abolish Sharia Laws. thank you.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
John Kerry
Entire Israeli Cabinet Rejects Kerry’s Proposed Ceasefire, Talks Continue
Latest Indepth Stories
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett

Because let’s face it: Hamas obviously can’t defeat the IDF in the field, soldier against soldier

Shimon Peres meets with the family of fallen IDF soldier Max Steinberg.

As Peres retires, Israel fights sour legacy: Insistence on setting policy in line with hopes, rather than with reality.

Keeping-Jerusalem

Our capital was not arbitrarily chosen, as capitals of some other nations were.

UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay accuses the IDF of possible war crimes in Gaza again, cutting slack to Hamas.

There is much I can write you about what is going here, but I am wondering what I should not write. I will start by imagining that I am you, sitting at home in the Los Angeles area and flipping back and forth between the weather, traffic reports, the Ukraine, Mexican illegals and Gaza. No […]

Should Jews in Europe take more responsibility in self-defense of community and property?

It is time for a total military siege on Gaza; Nothing should enter the Gaza Strip.

Germany’s The Jewish Faith newspaper ominously noted, “We Jews are in for a war after the war.”

The truth is we seldom explore with kids what prayer is supposed to be about.

Almost as one, Jews around the world are acknowledging the day-to-day peril facing ordinary Jews in Israel and the extraordinary service of the IDF in protecting them.

So on the one hand Secretary Kerry makes no bones about who is at fault for the current hostilities: he clearly blames Hamas.

King Solomon said it long ago: “Cast your bread upon the waters” because you don’t know when you’ll hit something. Our job is to do.

The anti-Israel camp does not need to win America fully to its side. Merely to neutralize it would radically alter the balance of power and put Israel in great jeopardy.

More Articles from Daniel Pipes
The British Library

Daniel Pipes’s websites cannot be accessed through the British Library’s system. Why? Intolerance.

Daniel Pipes,
Apr. 22, 2013

Special Ops used to be about capturing or killing enemies; now it’s about shaping public opinion.

I do not want Barack Obama to pardon Pollard.

As U.S. credibility and stature diminish, the president and his secretaries of state and defense engage in eloquent denial.

BBC: Gaza militants launch missiles at Tel Aviv in 1st rocket attack on Israeli capital since 1991 Gulf War.

In general, the regions these days hosts unchanging, repetitious and dreary news.

Oman will grant Iran a strategic location on a mountain overlooking the whole gulf region.

White racists invented the idea that accomplished black Americans are not Africans but “Moors.”

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/the-lions-den-daniel-pipes-columns-indepth/yawning-over-the-latest-headline-news-from-the-middle-east/2014/01/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: