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Saturday, November 08, 2003

Op-Ed Columnist: The Humiliation Factor: " If I've learned one thing covering world affairs, it's this: The single most underappreciated force in international relations is humiliation.
'I will not enumerate the instances of our humiliation,' Mr. Mahathir said. 'We are all Muslims. We are all oppressed. We are all being humiliated. . . . Today we, the whole Muslim [community], are treated with contempt and dishonor. . . . There is a feeling of hopelessness among the Muslim countries and their people. They feel that they can do nothing right.' He added: 'Our only reaction is to become more and more angry. Angry people cannot think properly.'
One reason Yasir Arafat rejected the Clinton plan for a Palestinian state was that he and many followers didn't want a state handed to them by the U.S. or Israel. That would be 'humiliating.' They wanted to win it in blood and fire. Hezbollah TV had bombarded Palestinians with stories of how the Lebanese drove the Israelis out. Palestinian militants wanted the 'dignity' of doing the same."

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