Roger's Cohen's Middle Eastern Zen is only possible because his world view totally ignores the part Jews-preferred Israel has played in creating and sustaining a mind boggling long and huge and increasingly complicated refugee crisis.
The Middle East with scarce water and lots of religious extremism goaded on by all who invest in bigotry- including Israel- might only last long enough for many MANY more people to suffer in many MANY more ways as the people there are living thinking feeling human beings who would rather not be stuck in impoverished refugee camps, walled ghettos and jobless quagmires for generations to come.
Daesh/ISIS is decidedly more despicable and cruel than Israel, but that is no reason for foolish Americans to fund, empower, and then excuse or ignore Israel's ongoing persecution, oppression and displacement of the native non-Jewish people of historic Palestine.
Now more than ever is a good time to insist that Israel start seriously respecting international law and universal human rights: A just and lasting peace, a fully secular peace shaping fair and just laws, for both Israel and Palestine as two fully separate, fully sovereign nation states, would go a long way towards freeing all the people from perpetual hostilities, escalating pollution and poverty- and crowded refugee camps.
Anne Selden Annab
Middle East Refugee Crisis 2013 photo: Syria-Iraq border
Those who make it ashore and others traveling by land have increasingly tried to make their way north via the Balkans, causing tension among countries along the route... "