Saturday, May 28, 2005

Beyond the Clash of Civilizations

Michael Totten wrote this hopeful piece after returning from a one month stay in Lebanon to cover the Cedar Revolution. He writes:


Beirut may be the only place in the world where you can buy a necklace with a Christian cross and a Muslim crescent moon fused together as one. It's an unofficial symbol of Lebanon's nascent national unity. What other country would even think of making something like this? I've never seen one before. But now I own two. After growing up in the 1980s with sectarian Beirut as the poster child for urban disaster zones, it was really something to see.


The barriers to mideast peace are large, but if we focus less on the weekly body count from Iraq, and more on the broader trends in the region over the course of the past 30 years, there is reason to hope for the future.

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