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Tribalism the Future?

April 11, 2011

“Is Tribalism the Future?”

[by Pat Buchanan, Human Events Magazine, 04/08/11]

 

[p]rofessor Jerry Z. Muller wrote in Foreign Affairs that World Wars I and II were at root ethnonational wars of Europeans fighting to create nations where their own tribe ruled and their own culture was predominant.

Only when this was achieved in 1945, after immense bloodshed, did peace come to Europe.

The same goes for the rest of the world’s nations, many of whose borders were drawn up by one country (Great Britain) during the Colonial period of the last couple centuries. Africa has long been cited as “tribal” in social structure. The drawing of borders by the European powers did not always take this into consideration (to say the least). In many cases it was little more than arbitrary, or had to do with economic or political considerations in Europe.

Libya, for example, was a colony of, and brought into being as a state by, Italy (has this history contributed to its current instability?

Mordechai Kedar, Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam at Bar-Ilan University:

‘For a state to be considered legitimate by most of its citizens,” writes Kedar, “it must be the political embodiment of their national, communal, historical and, perhaps, religious desires.’

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