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    The safest truth we have is that every living thing is changing and adapting in order to survive. Darwinism does not tell us what the time-scale of change is, only that change must happen. Interpretation of current events should also include a Darwinian point of view. We have seen the PLO and even Hamas changing before our eyes, from a total rejection of peace to something that is at least a long-term accommodation. The "Arab Spring" is clearly an attempt by the Arab masses to emulate the more advanced world. Darwin does not tell us if this "spring" will succeed or the one that will come after it, but Darwin tells us that such must happen. It therefore tells us that Jabotinsky's theory is unrealistic in the long run. History is not pre-determined, and this Arab Spring might even succeed if supported by other countries. Israel must consider the possibility of its success as realistic and act accordingly. In any case, I will not equate Netanyahu and Lieberman. Netanyahu is an unthinking ideologue, in the tradition of his Likud movement. Lieberman is Soviet-educated and thinks like a Russian. Both are misfits for Israeli leadership, but for different reasons.

    from the article: How (not) to think about the Arab Spring
    First published 15:16 16.08.11 | Last updated 15:16 16.08.11
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