Peace In Our Time?
"Harmonious relations between the West (led by the U.S.) and Islamic countries and states are achievable," writes my alma mater's Michael S. Rozeff, arguing that "[w]here peace exists, and much peace does exist, it can be deepened and widened" — Western-Islamic Rapprochement. "The rapprochement that I envision gives rise to a higher degree of independence in the Islamic states," he writes, continuing,
- Extending rapprochement involves several elements like the following. One, the West withdraws its forces from Islamic countries, especially Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Two, the West stops pressuring Islamic countries and attempting to manipulate them into choosing one form of government or another or one particular set of leaders or another. The goal is that the Islamic peoples gain a greater degree of independence in shaping their own political forms. Three, Islamic countries with oil agree to sell it to all comers and not use it as a political weapon. This is to assuage Western fears so that Western countries are more willing to step back. Four, Russia agrees not to step into a power vacuum in Islamic countries. Five, in return, Russia needs to be given access to European and Islamic markets. Six, the parties concerned resolve the Palestinian-Israeli problem. This is largely a U.S. problem. The U.S. has to go against a number of Israel’s positions in order to make any headway on this, and it has to do so very strongly and sternly.