Blunders and bargains

Efraim Karsh dispels the myth of blaming the West for Mideast troubles

By ASAF ROMIROWSKY
November 19, 2015 11:15
3 minute read.
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PM Netanyahu and President Barack Obama meet in the White House last week. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Blaming the West has become the most pervasive method of teaching for many Middle East studies departments, which are becoming the heart of pop-culture academia. Efraim Karsh, a distinguished professor of Middle Eastern studies at Bar-Ilan University and professor emeritus at King’s College London, in his latest book The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East, dispels this myth.

“Britain’s ‘original sin,’ if such was indeed committed, lay not in the breaking up of Middle Eastern unity but in its attempted over-unification.” Overall, the blunders of the great powers were in trying to impose their own wishful thinking instead of obtaining a real understanding of the Middle East.

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