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"Publicly promoting democracy while supporting tyranny may be the most damaging thing we do. From the standpoint of democracy, Saudi Arabia looks much worse than Iran. We use the term “Islamofascism”—but we're supporting it in Saudi Arabia, with Mubarak in Egypt, and even Jordan is a police state. We don't have a strategy because we don't have a clue about what motivates our enemies."

“Because of the strategic position of the Moslem world and the restlessness of its peoples, the Moslem states constitute a potential threat to world peace. There cannot be permanent world stability, when one-seventh of the earth’s population exists under the economic and political conditions that are imposed upon the Moslems”.
              - The United States’ War Department first Intelligence Review – 14 February 1946.

They're not blind. Our actions are not in sync with our words, which is why they don't believe us when we talk about freedom and democracy.

The term "Middle East" originates with the American Rear Admiral, Alfred Thayer Mahan, who is the first to use the term, in a 1902 article "The Persian Gulf and International Relations", published in September in the National Review.

SCARLETT: I don't want Tara, plantations don't mean anything when...
Mr. O'HARA: Do you mean to toll me Katie Scarlett O'Hara that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? 
                    Why, land is the only thing in the world worth working for. Worth fighting for, worth dying for.
                    Because it's the only thing that lasts.


Arabic and Islamic Cultures

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Bibliography from Dr. Clifford A. Kiracofe

Arabs constitute only 23% of the world's Muslims
The current catastrophic economic situation in these societies is not merely the responsibility of their own elites. We have to share the responsibility, because all this has been made possible through political and economic policy of the European nations; and now we have to move to another way of dealing with this situation. This is the point, I think. Western Europe is more responsible for Arab countries than for eastern Europe. Eastern Europe had its own history with its communism. It is a part of Europe but it had its own history and Western Europe was not responsible for the establishment of communist regimes. Communism itself is a product of European industrialization and thought. They cannot come to France or England or Germany and say, "You are responsible for what has happened." After the Second World War, there was a division of the world, but they had their own history under their own responsibility. They had to speak with Stalin, but the Mediterranean countries, North Africa, for example, since the 19th century, these societies didn't have the sovereignty to decide their own history. Other people decided on their history even after independence. It is totally different. This cannot be neglected. (Prof. Mohammed Arkoun)
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  • Berlin to Baghdad Railroad
  • Red Sea Desalination
  • Suez Canal
  • Two Seas Canal


  • Ashmolean Museum
  • British Arab Bureau
  • British Israelites
  • Iran-Contra Affair
  • Iranian Revolution
  • King David Hotel Bombing
  • Oil Shocks
  • Operation Babylon
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Six Day War
  • Suez War
  • Temple Mount
  • USS Liberty
  • Wailing Wall
  • Yom Kippur War

Influential People

  • Abraham Isaac Kook
  • Anwar Sadat
  • Ayman al Zawahiri
  • Gamal Nasser
  • George Curzon
  • Gertrude Bell
  • Harry St. John Philby
  • Hassan al Banna
  • Herbert Kitchener
  • Ibn Sina
  • Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Maulana Muhammad Ali
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Rabi'a al-Adawiyya
  • Rumi
  • Sayyid Qutb
  • Theodor Herzl
  • Vladamir Jabotinsky
  • Winston Churchill
  • Yasser Arafat
  • Yitzhak Rabin
  • Zvi Yehuda Kook


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  • Abu Nidal
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  • Ansar al-Islam
  • Armed Islamic Group
  • Gama'a al-Islamiyya
  • Hamas
  • Hizballah
  • Islamic Jihad
  • Kurdish Workers Party (PKK)
  • Palestinian Liberation Organization
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