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    • christoph
    • 07.07.10 | 12:35 (IDT)

    When I think about it again, maybe the difference is more profound: In older articles, Aluf underlined the need for Israel to maintain its deterring power against Hezbollah. Today he mentions Syrian politics which he supposes to be guided also by deterrence deliberations, and he seems to grant Syria this way of thinking. On a cultural level there might be nothing flawed in "appreciating" deterrence deliberations in both countries, because it might be just an expression of a middle eastern mindset which is used to lead wars. I've been born in 1976 in boring Europe and as as a conscientious objector never thought in terms of deterrence. I personally realized nonetheless that intercultural (international) contacts can be quite difficult, already between countries like France and Germany. There was another word by Bashar Assad from the time when Olmert was PM: "Peace is much harder than war." Maybe this reflects quite well a middle eastern mindset which I and probably many others, too, have difficulties to understand: The interests and differences are so huge among the countries in the region that it seems easier to fight and defend oneself, than to find compromises and maybe live with each others.

    from the article: A responsible neighbor
    First published 01:42 07.07.10 | Last updated 01:42 07.07.10
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