Comments: The erosion of the Arab state

A selection of comments sent to us in response to Soumaya Ghannoushi's opinions piece: The erosion of the Arab state.

    Good analysis, but what purpose will it serve? Unless there is co-operation among the Arab nations, sooner or later these so called Arab nations will disintegrate and vanish. It is a punishment from the Almighty for not co-operating.
    Qamar, Sri Lanka

    I have seen references to the phrase "Arab state" in similar articles. Has the Arab state ever existed? What are the characteristics that define the Arab state?
    Basheer Mohamad, Kuwait

    The writer keeps referring to the Israeli army as "gigantic"; just to put things in proportion: the whole population of Israel is less than half that of the city of Cairo, Egypt.

    Alon Karpol, Israel


    Injecting some truth into the world would go a long way to solving the problem of violence between states and inside states.

    Bob Brown, Australia


    Unprovoked attacks on the sovereign state of Israel will lead to painful reprisals. The decline in the number of wars in which Israel has been forced to engage demonstrates the reasonableness of this manner of response.
    Richard Atkinson, US


    As a Canadian peacekeeper in the Middle East for 18 months I had the opportunity to see the political state of the Arab world and it was not pretty. Abd al-Nasser of Egypt ( ruled 1945-1970) once tried to unite the Arab world, but there was little interest in giving up their (Arab rulers) own little empires and the luxuries that provides.
    ax deBruyn, Canada


    This article provides the origin of the Arab-Israel crisis. There is some vital information in the article that has not been known to many people.

    Moses, Uganda


    Wars have proved to the whole world that Arabs have had enough of the Zionists.
    Hussein, Kenya

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