Once one of the world’s great food-exporting societies, Egypt is now the world’s leading importer of wheat. Which would be fine if Egypt exported other goods or services to pay for its food. But depending on how you do the math, Egypt ranks now as either the 126th or the 148th poorest country in the world. Half the population lives on less than $2 per day. And its single largest source of foreign currency is earned by sending its people out of the country to work in the Persian Gulf…

How would an Israeli-Palestinian peace contribute to redressing any of those problems? How would such a peace end the violence in Syria or stabilize the new government of Libya?…

But this argument assumes that the local demagogues who today exploit images of Palestinian suffering could not tomorrow do the same with images of Kashmiri suffering at the hands of India. It’s a big world full of video cameras, and people looking for reasons to justify their rage will always find it. If rage is what worries you, you had better go to work on the sources of that rage — which usually turn out to be related to under-development, poverty and oppression by local power holders.