For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:
MIDDLE EAST MELTDOWN
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With the Mid-East on the cusp of melt-down, imagine what Isaiah (5:20) would say of proponents of ‘regional integration’: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…”
It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/04/fray-middle-east-meltdown.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20397
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-middle-east-meltdown/
ISRAEL RISING: https://www.israelrising.com/mid-east-meltdown/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2017/04/14/fray-middle-east-meltdown/
JEWISH PRESS: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-middle-east-meltdown/2017/04/18/
Worst Chemical Attack in Years; US blames Assad – New York Times, April 4, 2017.
Death toll climbs in clashes at Palestinian camp in Lebanon – Reuters, April 9, 2017.
Deadly blasts hit Coptic churches in Tanta, Alexandria – Al Jazeera, April 10, 2017.
Five Sudanese soldiers killed in Yemen conflict – Reuters, April 12, 2017.
These four recent headlines, spanning barely a week, bear chilling testimony to the grim and grisly realities of the Arab world… After all, had the several score killed in the April 4th chemical attack in Northern Syria been beheaded, or lynched, or burnt alive or slaughtered by any one of the other gruesome methods by which hundreds of thousands of civilians have lost their lives in the Syrian Civil War over the last five years, it is more than likely that their deaths would have gone largely unnoticed and unreported…Indeed, it would have been nothing more than brutal, barbaric business as usual for the region…It is against this doleful and daunting backdrop that the fatal follies of the past and of the emerging prescriptions for the future course of what has been perversely dubbed “the peace process”, must be assessed.
For as growing numbers of erstwhile advocates of the two-state paradigm are becoming increasingly skeptical—indeed, even despairing—of its viability within any foreseeable future, rather than admit the enormity of their error, they are now turning to a new false deity, no less preposterous or perilous than the tarnished chimera of two-statism…This is the new cult of “regionalism”, which attempts to invert the twisted logic of two- statism—but leaves it just as twisted…