The Common Good

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion

Date: September 28, 2012

The most recent discussions of U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East once again say more about politics during an election year than they do about the fundamental issues we must confront if we want to see substantial change.

So let's look at the basic issues and fundamental choices we need to make.

Today, the Middle East -- where about 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25 -- is a region dominated by humiliation and anger.

Failure + rage + the folly of youth = an incendiary mix.

The roots of anti-American hostilities in the Middle East run deep (literally and figuratively). We can start with the fact that our oil (and its economy) lies beneath their sands. Couple that with U.S. support of repressive and backward regimes, the continual presence of foreign troops on their land and in their holy places, and the endless wars waged there, ultimately fueled by the geopolitics of energy.