Friday, October 29, 2010

Nationalism vs Religion

Their greatest legacy may be on the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which both Israel and its Islamist opponents have inexorably moved away from a struggle between competing nationalisms and toward a historic clash of religions — more messianic, more grounded in identities as Muslims and Jews and, in that, more dangerous. Bringing the sacred into the debate makes compromise altogether more difficult. Jewish fundamentalism against Islamic fundamentalism, Mr. Khoury called it: “That is a sign of catastrophe, and this is the situation we’re in now.”

In the Mideast, No Politics but God’s - NYTimes.com

Nationalism is losing out in both camps (Arab and Israeli) to religious movements. A sign of the times.

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