Мир в настощее время

Несмотря на хрупкое перемирие в Ливане, остается риск расширяющейся войны на Ближнем Востоке. Слишком многие политические лидеры, в том числе президент Джордж В. Буш, премьер-министр Тони Блэр и лидеры радикальных групп на Ближнем Востоке, предпочитают военные решения мирному компромиссу.

Когда Буш представляет Ближний Восток как борьбу добра против зла или террора против свободы, он отбрасывает политику. Когда Израиль безуспешно пытается победить Хезболла, он старается избежать болезненных, но необходимых политических компромиссов по поводу спорной территории.

Проблемы Ближнего Востока в гораздо большей степени являются вопросом политики и культуры, чем террора против свободы. Часть проблемы заключается в продолжающейся оккупации Израилем Западного Берега, а также части южного Ливана. До тех пор, пока Израиль не согласится вернуться к границам 1967 года с незначительными изменениями и закончить свой политический контроль над миллионами арабов Западного Берега, волнение продолжится.

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