By Yevgeny M. Primakov, Henry A. Kissinger
During this candid and sobering account, former Russian most popular Yevgeny M. Primakov considers the threats posed by way of self reliant terrorist agencies to foreign safety. in line with his personal broad event and contacts within the center East - the place he served for years as a journalist ahead of his political occupation - he additionally examines the jobs of the Israeli-Palestinian clash and extremist Islam in investment terrorism. because the assaults of September eleven made transparent, the process foreign affairs isn't any longer formed solely by way of co-operation and war of words between countries. but, the best way states reply to terrorism - together with America's struggle on terror - could have a profound impression at the constitution of the overseas method. In Primakov's view, powerful and co-ordinated responses to terrorism can restrict its effect. in spite of the fact that, he, argues, a unilateral American method of the matter of foreign terrorism can make such co-operation tricky. during this context, Primakov explains Russian issues concerning the US struggle in Iraq - and divulges new information of his ultimate own try to convince Saddam Hussein to step down. Primakov urges Russia and the united states to hitch forces extra simply to percentage details and intelligence approximately rising terrorist threats. extra extensively, he writes, if the USA is ready to paintings inside a "multi-polar world", Russia could be a precise and constant associate. nonetheless, if the united states attempts to move it on my own, it could actually face the results in isolation.
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Relative tolerance toward nonbelievers not in theory (jihad means holy war against nonbelievers) but in practice is evidenced by the fact that Lebanon is home to the Maronite community (long associated with the country’s political system, where its members hold many leading posts— president, commander-in-chief), to Orthodox Christians, and to Christian groups of other denominations. Even today, Christians constitute a religious minority in many Arab nations. Until the middle of the twentieth century (before immigration to Israel was common), the same could be said of Jewish populations in these countries.
Western democracy, he warns, will find itself face to face with the extremism and fundamentalism 20 of other civilizations and must prepare for an epic showdown. Huntington overlooks economic or political roots of conflict, seeing cultural and religious issues at the heart of the matter. 1 The false equation of international terrorism with Islam, and of a few extremist Muslim minorities with the Muslim world as a whole, forces the world closer to such a division. The course of the twenty-first century depends largely on whether or not this trend can be stopped.
This is especially true for the Middle East conflict, which more than any other has created fertile ground for the rise of international terrorism and its most dangerous forms of expression. In a conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi correctly asserted, “After September 11, the Arab-Israeli conflict ceased to be a regional problem. ” Like many others immediately following September 11, I expected Washington to call loudly and clearly—first and foremost to Russia (as joint sponsor with the United States of the Madrid Peace Conference) and to the European Union and to other members of the world community—for renewed cooperative efforts to end the Middle East stalemate.
A World Challenged: Fighting Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century by Yevgeny M. Primakov, Henry A. Kissinger