Quote of the Day - The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other.
With the current crisis involving Israel, Lebanon and Syria, Rachel Bronson's book, Thicker Than Oil (available in hardcover), couldn't be more timely. The well-researched and well-written book showcases Dr. Bronson's depth of knowledge of the area and helps explain the groundwork for this crisis and the entire Middle Eastern mentality. Admittedly, MITPC has not always known the questions to ask, but Thicker Than Oil lays them out in a logical and rational fashion that allows the everyday American to finally get a handle on cultures foreign to our own.
Depending on your politics, you may not agree with Dr. Bronson's conclusions, but you will have a more thorough understanding of the interrelationship of US foreign policy with International Law and the vagaries of the cultures so few of us understand. Dr. Bronson's experience as a Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
If you have an opinion on the Middle East and you haven't read Thicker Than Oil, then your opinion can only be uninformed.