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Middle East, if only

If ever I could be persuaded that conservatism has some value, it’s Charles Krauthammer’s July 19 column, “Missiles offer a flash of moral clarity.” It has seemed to me that Palestine has brought most of its misery on itself, from the day Israel was formed to the present time.

In ancient history, that part of the world we call the Middle East led the world in building civilization, in clarity of thinking, in scientific inquiry, but somewhere along the way that original gift was exhausted, and we see the tragic results epitomized in Gaza.

If only (possibly the saddest words in the English language), if only Arabs and Hebrews had been able and willing to work together to make the desert bloom, with peace and goodwill, mankind would not now be looking at the possibility of human extinction.

Ann Echegoyen

Spokane


 

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