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Meet the Elusive Man Responsible for Today's Middle East Mayhem

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"It began as a mistake." Charles Bukowski's terse opening line in his debut novel Post Office succinctly summarizes the dubious beginnings of Arab-West discussions on the future of the Middle East in 1915 during the First World War.


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Peta Clarke (30)
Sunday June 22, 2014, 5:28 pm
Thank you Carrie interesting. Once again all the young lives just taken away by lies, greed and men in power.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 23, 2014, 3:21 am
Noted, thanks.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday June 23, 2014, 8:25 am
Very interesting article. A lot sounds all too familiar; we'll never learn from past mistakes, will we?

Alvin King (2)
Monday June 23, 2014, 9:36 am

Teresa B (43)
Monday June 23, 2014, 12:41 pm
Interesting article. I thought it was going to be about Cheney. Good history lesson.

James Maynard (84)
Monday June 23, 2014, 12:59 pm
Very interesting history lesson.

Kathleen M (208)
Monday June 23, 2014, 1:11 pm
Noted. Informative article. Thanks for posting, Carrie! Sheds light on the so-called "Great Man" theory of history; methinks TGM casts a very long shadow.

Birgit W (160)
Monday June 23, 2014, 1:16 pm
Noted, thanks.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday June 23, 2014, 1:25 pm
A good enough reason to get the 7734 out of the middle east.

Theresa Robinson (79)
Monday June 23, 2014, 1:50 pm

Monday June 23, 2014, 2:43 pm

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday June 23, 2014, 3:09 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday June 23, 2014, 3:10 pm
Dick Cheney is hardly elusive, just turn on Faux News and there he is. Oh wait, you mean there is someone else?

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday June 23, 2014, 4:22 pm
Thank you for the article.

marie C (163)
Monday June 23, 2014, 5:19 pm

reft h (66)
Monday June 23, 2014, 11:52 pm

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Monday June 23, 2014, 11:57 pm
Very interesting article. Thank you Carrie.

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday June 24, 2014, 6:30 am

Joyce Meli (0)
Tuesday June 24, 2014, 10:01 am
The final act of imperiling the USA was perpetrated by Cheney and Bush. Their lies to a gullible, unthinking American public killed 4500 Americans, and created the untenable postion President Obamais in today!

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 9:44 am
the Real Elusive Man Responsible for Today's Middle East Mayhem is Muhammed.

He offered his followers seventy ways, one of which is right and the other are wrong. The wars and conflicts did not stop since him.


Michael M (60)
Thursday June 26, 2014, 10:34 am
Well, Bob,
Although there are many attempts at psychological assessment of the original prophet Muhammad, most seem to be adversarial.
There is some historical writing concerning his seeing visions, or having described or reported such events.
This symptom (read the specifics, in order to become able to asses my vague wording here in note) occurs in schizophrenics, and importantly in Bipolar I.
We can notice that the Writings of Joseph Smith also show, in a more grandiose manner, Bipolar I type fnatasy. On the other hand, Smith was rather clearly involved in behaviour which could lead to comorbid diagnosis including antisocial personality disorder. In Muhammad's case, his culture - social learning - is an obvious factor in his behaviour.
Mo didn't write, but like Yesh-ua, had followers who later remembered and recorded statements attributed to him.

Your own culture is far different than the desert tribal trading culture extant in the Arabian peninsula. Mo appeared pretty determined to conquer the endemic religion there, which worshiped the Meteorite Kaaba.

You will notice in the usual religious practice of syncretism, this rock was absorbed into the faith. This is a common and necessary practice required to effect the conversion of other humans into the latest religion, or justification for submission to another.

Although Muhammad and his culture are vulnerable to critical opinion, there is probably no human culture or person invulnerable to hostile opinion (societies tend to fragment around 150 - Dunbar's number to Anthropologists. This is likely due to the number of individuals that the human brain can comprehend. Above this number of acquaintances, stereotyping and generalisations greatly increase).

When we envision the culture in which we ourselves are immersed, we envision it as a bloc.
The "patriotism" inherent in the USA differs not at all from the Islamic attempt at enforced unity.
Surprisingly, that culture during its "Golden Age" was very accepting of religious and other differences, having far lower incidence of solipsistic fear than the christian one either then or in the present.
Even when Ferdinand and Isabella expelled the Sephardic Jews in 1492 within about 6 months of reconquering Iberia, those Jews were welcomed by the Ottoman Empire.

History is far too complex to be sought as a valid rationale for taproots of present social interaction. Probability in complex systems contains far too many independent variables to be remotely predictable, although dynamic systems contain attractors and cyclic or other dynamical stabilities.

Right now, it is sufficient to relegate cultural strife to ingrouping and outgrouping tendencies of the animal brain.
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