William Pfaff on the Middle East

The Wrath of Nations - 1993

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'There is no Arab nation, as such. The historical experience and reference of the region is not to nation but to religion, commune, empire, caliphate. The states which exist there today do so because it is now considered appropriate that people live in nation-states, not in multiconfessional and multinational empires.' (111)
'The identification of religion with civilization in Islamic society blocks a solution to its contemporary problems.' (123)

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William Pfaff (December 29, 1928 – April 30, 2015) was an American author, op-ed columnist for the International Herald Tribune and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. (wiki)