Dealing with the Middle East

What cannot be emphasised too much, and something that politicians and economists ought to have learned by now since the end of the Second World War, is that cultures can’t change unless the motivation and momentum comes from within themselves.

In this country the Romans occupied us for 400 years two millennia ago. Within 50 years of their departure, however, it might have been as if they’d never come in the first place.

As far as the Muslim countries of the Middle East are concerned, the best strategy — the only sensible strategy — is to leave them alone at governmental level but to trade with them, or give them educational or medical advice as and when they ask for it.

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