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Time for a divorce in the Middle East


Date published: 6/22/2014

The national boundaries in the Middle East are mostly arbitrary lines drawn by the British a century ago, and it is clear that the shotgun wedding trapped diverse populations that cannot--or will not--get along.

Maybe it's time to let the long-squabbling marital partners have a divorce. They've been clamoring for a separation agreement for years, and the domestic violence has only escalated since the Arab Spring.

One hundred years is a long time to be in an arranged marriage to someone you can't stand.

We in the Western World can comprehend that on a personal and political level, with separatist and/or independence movements in such places as Catalonia, Scotland, Veneto and California, and with victories in recent elections to the European Parliament and in Virginia's 7th Congressional District based on anti-immigrant sentiment.

"Do as I say, not as I do"-- that melting pot mentality--no longer holds any credibility. So I say treat the Arabs like grown-ups. Let them out of those confining, crumbling cribs, give them room for self-determination and to "date and mate" as they please--and perhaps then they'll settle down and give birth to peace and prosperity.

Maybe if the paternalistic West stops acting like a meddling mother-in-law, and doesn't re-engage, the chaos will subside and the region will stabilize.

Plus there's the added benefit of not generating any more anti-Americanism than already exists in the world, thus diminishing the probability of an attack on U.S. soil, which is our only real national interest in the "civil wars" and why we falsely cling to control and "custody."

Breaking up isn't that hard to do, and it's the only thing that hasn't been tried!

Karen Ann DeLuca

Alexandria