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Where Chaos Is King
From Tomdispatch today, Mark LeVine, professor of Middle Eastern history and Islamic Studies (and just back from the region), writes, "Where Chaos Is King" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=30881 LeVine has been a student of Washington-inspired "sponsored chaos" for some time. Now, at a moment when significant parts of the Middle East teeter at the edge of chaos, he considers the question -- in both Iraq and in Israel/Palestine -- of just who benefits from that chaos and how much it has been the result of stupidity, incompetence, hubris, and mismanagement; how much of conscious desire and planning. This is a distinctly under-explored subject of great importance.