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April 7, 2014
Letter writer Ray Gordon clearly knows very little about the Arab-Israeli conflict ( "Give Israel the ultimatum," April 3). The League of Nations, in order to satisfy both the Arabs and the Jews, offered to carve up the land and give each people a portion. But while the Jews agreed, the Arabs refused. The so-called Palestinians were displaced and settled in concentration camps in the Arab world by their fellow Arabs in 1948. When five Arab armies attacked after Israel declared its independence, Palestinians were told to evacuate the area until the Jews were pushed into the sea, after which they could come back and not only reclaim what was theirs but whatever had belonged to the Jews as well.
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By Owen Kirby | October 3, 2014
Is America responsible for the chaos engulfing the Middle East? It is a question not far from many a Washington discussion of current events. With the Islamic State's fanatics erasing the region's colonial borders, for some the answer is evident: The U.S. upended the established order when it invaded Iraq in 2003, the repercussions of which are being faced now and likely for years to come. Requiring little perspective, this analysis has been embraced by a number of pundits. As is often the case in the Middle East, the reality is not so simple.
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By Steve McKerrow | April 1, 1991
For many Americans -- as well as in the preponderance of media -- the Persian Gulf war is understood in stark terms: Bad guy Saddam Hussein invaded the little country of Kuwait, the United Nations coalition drew a line in the sand, gave the new Hitler an ultimatum and finally went in and forced him out.OK, so why is there still savage fighting in Iraq? We hear about at least four factions -- Kurds, Shiites, Palestinians and Saddam's Revolutionary Guard. What's the difference between them?
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April 7, 2014
Letter writer Ray Gordon clearly knows very little about the Arab-Israeli conflict ( "Give Israel the ultimatum," April 3). The League of Nations, in order to satisfy both the Arabs and the Jews, offered to carve up the land and give each people a portion. But while the Jews agreed, the Arabs refused. The so-called Palestinians were displaced and settled in concentration camps in the Arab world by their fellow Arabs in 1948. When five Arab armies attacked after Israel declared its independence, Palestinians were told to evacuate the area until the Jews were pushed into the sea, after which they could come back and not only reclaim what was theirs but whatever had belonged to the Jews as well.
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By Thomas L. Friedman | August 27, 2002
WASHINGTON -- On a recent tour of India, I was visiting with an Indian Muslim community leader, Syed Shahabuddin, and the conversation drifted to the question of why the Muslim world seems so angry with the West. "Whenever I am in America," he said, "people ask me, `Why do they hate us?' They don't hate you. If they hated you, would they send their kids to be educated by you? Would they look up to you as a model? They hate that you are monopolizing all the nonrenewable resources [oil].
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By KIM MURPHY | July 17, 2006
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The rapidly escalating conflict in Lebanon has divided the Arab world, deepening the gulf between rulers and ruled and reinforcing in the public's mind the impotence of regimes that for two generations have been unable to produce a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, governments with ties to the United States have guardedly denounced Hezbollah for the attack on Israel that triggered the fighting - even as the people began tacking up posters of Hassan Nasrallah, the bearded, turbaned cleric who heads the Shiite militia group and has vowed to bring "war on every level" to Israel's door.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 25, 2002
WASHINGTON - Amid grievances on both sides, President Bush will welcome one of America's most powerful Middle East allies to his Crawford, Texas, ranch today in hopes that discussions in a relaxed setting will bridge a widening rift between the United States and the Arab world. The visit of Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia offers Bush a possible vehicle for seeking an end to the 19-month guerrilla war between Israelis and Palestinians. Bush has praised a peace proposal by Prince Abdullah, adopted last month by the Arab League, that offers Israel normal relations with the Arab world in return for a full withdrawal from land that the Jewish state occupied during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. But today's meeting comes against the backdrop of widespread Arab anger over U.S. support for Israel and mounting resentment in the United States over a failure by Arab leaders to condemn and combat terrorism against Israelis.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2004
Within days of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush learned his first lesson about the difficulties of cross-cultural communication when he referred to the fight against terrorism as a "crusade." That word went virtually unnoticed in America and Europe but enraged people in the Islamic world where it is forever associated with bloody, racist wars as medieval Christians sought time and again to wrest the Holy Land from Muslim control. Was Christendom on the warpath again? Bush's press secretary issued an apology, and the word "crusade" has not cropped up again.
NEWS
May 19, 2011
The most surprising aspect of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East may have been his strongly worded call for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on Israel's boundaries before 1967. Observers had been speculating for weeks about whether Mr. Obama would offer his own plan for a Mideast peace agreement as the White House scrupulously declined to comment on the subject. Yet the outline for peace unveiled by the president Thursday was surprising not so much because it was anything new but because, as the president acknowledged, everybody has known all along that's what ultimately has to happen - even though they've spent decades pretending otherwise.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 19, 2002
WASHINGTON - President Bush defended yesterday Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem, calling Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a "man of peace" who is trying to bring "killers" to justice. Speaking a day after Secretary of State Colin L. Powell returned from the Middle East without the cease-fire he had hoped to broker, Bush made clear that the U.S. peace efforts cannot move forward until Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and leaders in the Arab world crack down on terrorists.
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September 4, 2013
I was saddened and disturbed by reader Edward McDonnell's letter about convicted Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning ( "Manning jailed while Iraq war's instigators go free, Aug. 26). While I agree it was unfortunate that the U.S. went to war by invading Iraq during President George W. Bush's term, it is important that the world knows the full story regarding this encounter. The answer appears to lie in an earlier announcement made by our intelligence agencies that they believed Iraq was manufacturing and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction; and because of the apparent instability of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein the U.S. decided to attack Iraq in order to eliminate what we considered to be a highly threatening obstruction.
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August 15, 2013
After the bloody crackdown on protesters in Egypt on Wednesday, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel peace laureate who had served as vice president and lent a civilian face to what can now only be described as a military dictatorship, resigned in protest. "It has become difficult for me to continue bearing responsibility for decisions that I do not agree with and whose consequences I fear," he wrote in his resignation letter. "I cannot bear the responsibility for one drop of blood. " If only the leaders of the world's oldest democracy, the one that set the precedent for the supremacy of elected, civilian leaders over the military, could muster that same kind of moral clarity.
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December 7, 2012
It is troubling that neither The Sun's news coverage nor its editorial regarding the United Nations' recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state bothered to mention what Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas actually said in his speech to the General Assembly preceding the vote. President Abbas could have used the U.N. forum to confirm Palestine's commitment to peaceful coexistence with Israel and to underscore how its enhanced U.N. status will further that goal. Instead, Mr. Abbas defamed Israel by repeating the scurrilous lies and distortions that are common parlance in the Arab world.
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December 4, 2012
For all those who believe The Sun's position on Palestinian statehood has merit, the following is offered for consideration ("Pressure on Israel to negotiate," Nov. 30). The Palestinian statehood that they are seeking now, they could have had in 1948 with an internationalized Jerusalem if not for the Arab world's belligerence in and out of the United Nations to this very day. The territory they lost to the Israelis was a direct result of the many attacks and provocations the Arab world initiated and against which the Israelis defended themselves successfully.
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By Charles Campbell | November 29, 2012
Titillation over David Petraeus and political posturing over Susan Rice aside, here is the most important unasked question: Why did we foster regime change in Libya and Egypt that gave the Muslim Brotherhood control in the latter and produced a gaggle of Islamic militias in the former? Earlier, we forced elections in Lebanon and Palestine that gave Hezbollah control in Lebanon and Hamas the Gaza Strip. Again, why? Replacing the Mubarak government has left the border between Gaza and Egypt more open for weapons deliveries to Hamas, which produced the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Your editorial on Katie Moody's tasteless tweet was either written by two different people in two different worlds or is a prime example of the lunacy that is all too common in our culture today ("Offensive tweet, outrageous response," Sept. 27). In the same editorial, Ms. Moody's right to free speech, however moronic, was defended, while the rights of her equally moronic respondents were dismissed out of hand. No doubt most of those respondents hid behind some cowardly pseudonym, which is detestable.
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By DAN BERGER | October 15, 1990
The first crisis of united Germany is massive unemployment from collapse of the spy biz.The Arab world would have more moderate leaders if they didn't get bumped off with such frequency.
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December 4, 2012
For all those who believe The Sun's position on Palestinian statehood has merit, the following is offered for consideration ("Pressure on Israel to negotiate," Nov. 30). The Palestinian statehood that they are seeking now, they could have had in 1948 with an internationalized Jerusalem if not for the Arab world's belligerence in and out of the United Nations to this very day. The territory they lost to the Israelis was a direct result of the many attacks and provocations the Arab world initiated and against which the Israelis defended themselves successfully.
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By Cal Thomas | September 29, 2012
Prior to leaving Egypt for the United Nations General Assembly, Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi told The New York Timesthe United States needs to "fundamentally change" its approach to the Arab world. That includes, he said, showing greater respect for Arab values, as well as helping to build a Palestinian state. Is there an Arab equivalent for the Yiddish word "chutzpah"? It isn't the policies and attitude of the United States toward the Arab world that need changing. It's the attitude and policies of the Arab world that need to change.
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By Shibley Telhami | September 18, 2012
With all the protests and violence in Arab and Muslim countries generated by a despicable and demeaning film about Islam, here is a sobering prediction: There will be more such films and clips, they will be even more provocative, and they will generate even more violent reaction among Arabs and Muslims. And no matter who is behind them, many will see the hands of Israel and the United States. Yet this is not time for panic but for steady and intensive diplomacy. This is an easy prediction to make.
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