Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

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THE MIDDLE EAST--BY ANY MEASURE, THE WORLD'S powder keg--was already beset by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rise of fundamentalist Islam when the Bush administration came along to add its own distinctive touch: a disastrous war that has destroyed much of Iraq (not just Saddam's Iraq, but the possibility of civilized life in Iraq), strengthened the fundamentalists, and estranged damn near the entire region and most other parts of the planet. Add to that the administration's unwillingness (until quite recently) to help Israelis and Palestinians allay their agonies, its intermittent saber-rattling at Iran, and its faith-based neoconservatism, and it's clear that the United States needs to radically revamp our Middle Eastern policy if we are to salvage both our interests and our ideals.

This month, the Prospect devotes most of our issue to advancing new perspectives and policies for the Middle East. Our articles explain the roots of some crucial Mid-east dilemmas (Gershom Gorenberg on Israel's occupation, Robert Dreyfuss on Iraq's Shiite parties, Anthony David on neoconservatism) and advocate new U. …

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