posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 01:54 AM
reply to post by Schkeptick
I recommend reading books as the best and perhaps the only way to come to an equitable understanding of this subject.
For example: to understand the conflict between Israel and Palestine requires not simply the historical purview of Zionist excursions into the levant
in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but also a knowledge of a peripheral subject like Islamism. Seeing that Islamism is the main impediment
towards peace (and by Islamism, is not simply meant "political Islam", but more specifically an Islam that fosters a manichean division of the world
into "good" and "evil". In short, Islam will need to protestantize itself in order to work within the modern system. ) until Islamism is
eliminated, peace will never materialize, neither with Israel nor it's non-Muslim neighbours.
Anyone who supports the Arab narrative against Israel unknowingly advances this backward agenda against progress in the Islamic world. Thus, a wider
understanding of the region and its players helps inform not only morality, but practical policy.
As for good books you can read. I recommend for a history of the Israel-Palestine conflict: From Time immemorial, by joan peters; 1948, a history of
the first Arab-Israeli war, by Benny Morris, for an analysis of the original conflict; 6 days of war, by Michael Oren, for a history of the 6 day war;
The Yom Kippur War, by Abraham Rabinovich, for a history of the 1973 October war; as for the Islamist issue: a basic primer into the subject is Daniel
Pipes 'In the Path of God: Islam and political power'; another book which delves deeper into the conundrum between Islam and modernity is Robert R.
Reilly's "The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How intellectual suicide created the modern Islamist crisis'.