[Sayma-Discuss] From Juan Cole's Informed Comment: "The Situation in Gaza"

Mike Shell bright_crow at mindspring.com
Tue Jun 19 15:23:31 EDT 2007


Friends,

I've been following this blog of Juan Cole, President of the Global Americana Institute, about the Middle East, history and religion.

Cole does an exceedingly thorough job of scanning Middle Eastern media sources and cross-checking American sources...especially the insider sources in DC.

He also does very expertly what too few media people, including bloggers, are doing.  He analyzes what he finds.

Visit his latest post, "The Situation in Gaza" http://www.juancole.com/2007/06/situation-in-gaza-i-have-been-traveling.html, both to see what I mean and to see his specific comments on the disaster shaping up in Palestine.

"It is to be expected that a lot of comment in the United States on these events will be rife with racist attitudes and polemical dismissals.... The question should be not "Why are Palestinians like that?"-- which is a racist question-- but what social and economic factors are driving the present conflict?

"Why is it that so little analysis is offered of why things have developed as they have?...

"It seems obvious that Hamas will be overthrown in Gaza, jointly by Mahmud Abbas, Israel and the United States. But it seems unlikely that Mahmud Abbas will gain any genuine authority there if that is how he comes to power.... The people of the Arab world are not blind or stupid. If this is what the "Greater Middle East" looks like, it will too closely resemble, for their taste, the colonial 19th century, When Europeans dictated government to Middle Easterners."

Distressing.

Michael



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