The Middle East conflict—a brief background — Global …

It was a stressful time in the history of the Middle East, yet there were no true wars during this time, and sadly, the area has not had much respite since.

This type of conflict is difficult to resolve as is evident in the situation in the Middle East.

From 1948 to 1950 is a more well known section in the history of the Middle East; the Arab-Israeli War, in which there were a series of attacks on the outnumbered new state of Israel which were uncoordinated since, as said before, the Middle East is not a cohesive unit at this point in time, and were actually beaten back a bit by Israel which gained more land than they were allotted by the UN partition until an armistice was signed on January 7, 1949.

History of the Middle East - Wikipedia

Former deputy director of the CIA John McLaughlin outlines key issues and strange alliances in the Middle East.

In fact, the Jewish population in that oft contested strip of land along the southern half of the eastern Mediterranean has been in the minority since the fifth century and remained in the minority until the mid-1900s. As recently as 1900, Arabs (Muslim and Christian Arabs) made up approximately 90 percent of the population of Palestine.

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Given the artificial nature of the Middle Eastern boundaries the British and French redrew in 1916, it was probably inevitable that pressures would build and eventually set off some conflagration. Greater order can, ironically, sometimes result exactly from such clashes between state and non-state actors, as it did in the Thirty Years' War. That messy series of battles did produce a settlement bringing religious peace to Europe and establishing the principle of state sovereignty — the basis for today's nation-state system.

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Saritha Prabhu's column is less a commentary on the U.S. position on the Mideast conflict than it is a demonstration of situational ethics and the resulting deficit in moral clarity.

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Saritha Prabhu's Dec. 31 column about the U.S. being on the wrong side of the Mideast conflict is contrary to that of many, including the United Nations.