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Would secularization of the region bring hopes of peace for the Middle East?
While fights for the preservation of human dignity in the Middle East begin to bring some positive results, many questions concerning the future of the region rise.
Almost certainly not. Much of the conflict in Middle Eastern countries over recent years has been a direct result of marginalized religious groups, suppressed by socialist governments such as in Egypt and Iraq. Additionally, the rise in terrorism is at least partially linked to the secularization of large parts of society and the resulting sense of religious groups and culture being pushed aside or held back. Secularization would most likely further radicalize individuals who feel their religious traditions are already suppressed beyond an acceptable level.
The Middle Eastern countries need to embrace religion as part of their political process rather than attempt to separate the two as is the case in the US. Only when the voices of extreme religious groups and parties is heard will their use of violence show any signs of ceasing.
It is the religious system in the region that keeps monorachs in power The fortunate ones (the monarchs) leave over enough for their subject to be content to eat what fell of the royal plate (the KSA); the less fortunate ones need to resort to tanks (Bahrain). A religion rests in the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. When I said seculrization I meant the Jews givining up on the zionist claims and the Islamists on theirs. I'm not sure if you agree.
Does it matter? Secularization isn't going to happen in the foreseeable future, anyway. Israel wants to preserve its identity as a Jewish state, and its Ultra-Orthodox minority has outsized influence as it is. And in most of the other states in the Middle East we see a rise in Islamism.
And if we could magically secularize somehow, I'm not convinced that it would make a big difference--tribalism and nationalism are a big factor now, and might well be more than enough to maintain the antagonism even without assistance from religious zealotry.
by nightwork46 years ago
Do you think the Middle East will ever be peacefull?is it a realistic idea that peace will ever occur for the middle east as a whole or is it always going to be a hot-bed for violence?
by LewSethics6 years ago
The Universe is really big, wouldn't the god of the solar system or maybe even god of the planet earth make more sense? How about god of the middle east? That would explain the insanity.
by rhamson8 years ago
With ths slow withdrawel of troops slated for Iraq and the escalation of troops being called for in Afganistan how will the US define a victory in the Middle East?
by nightwork47 years ago
would the western world be better off ignoring problems in the middle east?it seems to backfire when ever the west gets involved, should we just let them solve their own problems or keep trying to influence them?
by Ashutosh Joshi21 months ago
What's your opinion on this 'War on Terrorism' in the Middle East?
by Flightkeeper7 years ago
Christians are facing more discrimination in the Middle East. They don't get hired for jobs because they're Christian. As a religious minority they are not being accommodated. Muslims have more freedom...
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