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To: Colonel Kangaroo

IMO, the problem is that Israel is a modern nation-state, while the so-called Arab “nations” are actually collections of competing tribes. The old saw about all politics being local is never as true as in Arab society.


6 posted on 10/26/2013 1:20:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sometimes the Arabs are just competing clans. Extended clans. Back when Yassir Arafat was alive I read that most of the Palestinian economy in Gaza was controlled by 13 clans. Arafat’s clan controlled the cement business. Which is huge there because most building is done with cinder block and rebar and poured concrtete from what I see


8 posted on 10/26/2013 1:30:19 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv

You’re not the only one who feels that way. Back in the 1980s, an Egyptian diplomat said, “Egypt is the only real nation-state in the Middle East. The rest are just tribes with flags.”


13 posted on 10/27/2013 1:04:34 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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