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The United States has treated the region primarily as a convenient staging base for its Afghan campaign, and all regimes have felt confident enough to use the threat of Islamic fundamentalism and al Qaeda to continue in their old ways.
As small Central Asian countries have struck military alliances with the United States, their leaders have asserted their own power more aggressively.
Divesting in countries that are in blatant violation of international and humanitarian law is not new, but with Israel, it needs to end.
There comes a time when even a historian, well versed in patient, hysteria-free observation of historical processes, feels his hair stand on end as he realizes how bad, how really bad, things are getting.
Israelis and Palestinians desperately need the awakening of the international community's public opinion and a reversal in the global attitude.
Unless the U.S. is willing to use its power to strengthen the political and economic processes that will help rebuild and modernize the country, there is the danger that ethnic divisions could again split the country.
Until a strategy is grounded not in the elites but in the ordinary citizens and is based on basic human needs, then any project for renewal is subject to a wide variety of destabilizing forces, not least when elites seek to duck out from the commitments t
Washington insists its "train and equip force'" of 10 combat helicopters and 150 military instructors is solely intended to help Georgia combat Islamic radicals in the lawless Pankisi Gorge, allegedly a safe haven for al Qaeda militants and their Chechen
Israel must choose today between peace on internationally recognized terms with the dispossessed indigenous people of their State, or face another half-century of isolation with the backdrop of a rapidly encroaching demographics dilemma.
To understand the resilience of the Palestinian community is to take a more detailed--albeit less dramatic--look at what is happening on the ground behind the bleak daily headlines.