Everything's All Right in the Middle EastWritten by Robert Levin
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On other hand, Arabs afford Israelis an opportunity to continually certify their biblically bestowed "chosen" status—and to assure themselves of post-corporeal rewards implicit in anointment—by constantly threatening, but never accomplishing, Israel's destruction. Persistently testing Israel's exalted designation, but never disproving it, enabling Israel to be embattled and remain intact, Arabs are every bit blessing to Israel that Israel is to Arabs. It follows that violence each side visits on other must be measured; balances and proportions need to be kept. For one side to win, after all, would be for both sides to lose; would, that is, end game and return both sides to a contemplation of void. We might call this aiding and abetting of one another's immortality illusions—the cooperation and accommodations it requires--the deeper definition of "social contract." So we can engage ad infinitum in most earnest discussions about anti-Semitism, about Hamas, about Sharon, about territory and occupation, and forever miss real dynamic of situation. The Arab-Israeli problem is, again, a solution to a more pressing problem, to what is, literally as well as figuratively, mother of all problems. And what accounts for tenaciousness of conflict is ongoing success it's enjoying in service of its underlying agenda. As long as this holds true, Arabs and Israelis will, for all anguish it induces, remain at odds because enmity between them is their buffer against spectre of oblivion. The pain we are witnessing is a palliative. These are not worst of times in Middle East.
Former contributor to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. Coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the '60s: "Music & Politics" and "Giants of Black Music."
The Purpose of WarWritten by Louise Sutherland
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salvation to so many individuals. One problem that most people have is thatif they don't true purpose of a thing they will abuse it and I believe that is what is happening to our beliefs in war. At one point it was an honor to serve your country and you were respected and rewarded for doing so. My have times changed. Many of our service men and women enlist for wrong reasons not for true purpose but for self purpose. The civilians at home have no idea what purpose for war is because they can't see beyond death. Death is something that we all must face one day and it really does not matter how we reach it because it is inevitable. The conclusion to this all is that it really does not matter what purpose for war is because war will continue as long as we live and breath in this present world and only peace that we will ever know is when we leave and enter next one.
My name is Louise Sutherland. I am a 46-year-old freelance writer who love to read children's books. I am now working on getting my first children's book published. My love for writing started as a young child when I would write pretend stories to read to my friends. I have been married to a wonderful man for four years and I have three beautiful daughters ages 30. 26, and 19. My goal in life is to write uplifting and postive literature for people who enjoy reading.