A Middle East on fire
Was French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius serious when he warned that the Middle East could be set “ablaze” if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not resolved soon [“France seeks bigger role in Mideast,” news, June 22]? The Middle East is already ablaze. Over the past few years, more people have died in warfare and terrorist attacks in the Middle East than the total number of Israelis and Palestinians who died in all warfare and terrorist attacks during the past half-century.
Relatively speaking, one can consider Israel and Palestinian territories an oasis of peace within a blazing regional conflict that is out of control and has nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinians. World leaders’ focus on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute has led to the neglect of the more serious conflicts now raging in the Middle East.
Albert Arking, Potomac