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3 UNDERSTAND ING THE WAR

Historically, villages grew around oases and were isolated from each other, even if only by a few miles of sand. In Europe, the original settlement was the “citystate”. In deserts, it was the village state. The description of “nationhood” was a fiction attributed to them by the West. Agriculture was ubiquitous everywhere in the world. Desert people live by trade and/or by war. (Slaves were a major commercial “product”) At the height of its power, the Ottoman “Empire” was barely more than a paste up of settlements which more or less shared a religion but little else. Indeed, one of the Prophets’ major goals was to stop the endless tribal wars. The Muslim world never experienced a Reformation as did the West. The Sunni’s and the Shia’s are still fighting battles that started nearly 1400 years ago. This chronicle is one of the impelling factors in President Bush’s failing war in Iraq and it continues to be a major aspect of the ancient inability of Muslims to accept any grating “outsiders” in their midst. If one were to judge from the amount of print space and broadcast time devoted to the socalled Middle-East these days, it might be easy to picture an enormous number of residents. Actually, it is a relatively small settled area with relatively few people. Its obvious importance derives from its history as being the origin of modern civilization

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