Today’s Eagle included articles on the bombing of the Shiite shrine and the killing of two more Fort Riley soldiers in Baghdad, the civil war in Gaza (see photo), another assassination in Beirut, and Iran supplying weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan. What should the United States do about all these and other problems? The first step should be gaining a better understanding of the Middle East.
Syndicated columnist and terrorism expert Micah Halpern, who met with Sedgwick County security personnel last week to discuss terrorism threats, told The Eagle editorial board that the United States still knows little about the cultures, religions and languages in the Middle East. As a result, he said, our leaders are making decisions about what they don’t understand. And that tends to make the problems even worse.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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