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Arab history decimated by war, disrespect for culture – WWII continues

November 7, 2014

WWII has not  ended and is continuing relentlessly in the Middle East and Ukraine today. The irrational drawing of boundaries and claiming of land as trophies of war paid little respect to traditional tribal, religious, or cultural boundaries. The result was autocratic rule, dictators, religious fanaticism and the resulting Arab spring which might better be called the last battle of WWII.

It is a cruel irony that the very people who would benefit most from  preservation of their heritage, their monuments, their fantastic World Heritage sites are the ones that are destroying them in the name of religion and  in anger and hatred that never wins.

If the Arab League States and world leaders would hold summits to redraw boundaries around tribal, religious, and cultural lines with fairness for access to natural resources, increase freedom and self-determination, and not encourage violence and destruction, there might be a chance for a quick advance in religious freedom, political stability, respect for all, and preservation of heritage. It is sad that the rest of the world still has greedy wishes to exploit their natural resources rather than guarantee fair market value.

I have no great hope for a quick settlement.  I believe the middle east has set itself on a course of decades of violence and destruction and all sides will be increasingly subject to extremists hardliners and religious fanatics. It is so sad, but the following link I believe is only the beginning of the tragic destruction of the heritage of our cherished Arab friends and their culture. I pray daily that it may not be so. The genocide is continuing. The loss of great minds that could have contributed so much, heritage sites that could have brought money to these countries by encouraging tourism, and a tolerant and cooperative spirit  is so sad.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/05/world/gallery/precious-monuments-lost-in-middle-east-conflicts/index.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl10%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D559489

The Arab League Ambassador has a point that the world should consider.


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