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A Possible Peace for the Middle East? A Proposal Based on a Historical-Political Analysis from the End of the Ottoman Empire to the New Fundamentalisms
Rome, (Zenit.org) Robert Cheaib. When reality is looked at through a glass in the form of a heptagonal Archimedean prism, one notices  that what is seen depends on the angle from which one looks, on the thickness of the prism corresponding to that angle and on the consequent diffraction of the light. A similar phenomenon happens when one looks at the history and the present situation of the Middle East, especially its recent history, which goes from the fall of the Ottoman empire to the new fundamentalisms. So many in the Middle East – at least where there isn’t war – give up, resigning themselves to simple gossip of qahwa, to the sound of backgammon dice (an evocation of the qadar = “the case”?) and the gurgling of a narghileh [shisha  or waterpipe].