Magazine December 31, 2015, Issue

Letters

Can Peace in the Middle East Be So Simple?

In “The Islamic War” (December 7), Victor Davis Hanson wonders why Islamists despise us “all the more” as the Middle East has become wealthier, the Islamic world has gained more knowledge of “relative global wealth and poverty,” and the U.S. has “proved postmodern in its attitude about the causes and origins of war.”

He fails to mention a more significant factor: the presence of U.S. and other Western troops in Muslim lands. As Chas Freeman, our ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the 1991 Gulf War, has recounted, the proposal to station American troops

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