Should there be peace between Israel and the Palestinians it would not end the warfare in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). How would peace between Israel and the Palestinians stop the massacre of the Yazidis and the Christians? Tribal warfare amongst the Muslims would continue. The Alawites and the Sufis, the Salafists, the Shiites and the Sunnis, the Hashemites. ISIS and al Qaeda, al Nusra, Boko Haram, Hezbollah and Hamas. Wahhabis and the Taliban. Even with a programme I can’t follow the tribes-who hates whom; who’s with whom.

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Conflict in the Lands of Isms — communisms, Islamism, feudalisms, tribalisms, fascisms — would seem to beg a look into “small group social psychology”, i.e., how we humans, such a gregarious species in general, organize ourselves to have always enmity between us.  There are academics with journal publications (e.g. Small Group Research) in this area; whether there is a lay channel between the researcher’s view and popular perception, I don’t know, but in Diane Weber Bederman’s piece there is the matter of too many parochial interests rubbing against one another in all the dismally wrong ways.

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