The Humiliation Factor

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - The single most underappreciated force in international relations is humiliation. One reason Yasser 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. Why have the U.S. forces never gotten the ovation they expected for liberating Iraq from Saddam's tyranny? In part, it is because many Iraqis feel humiliated that they didn't liberate themselves.

2003-11-14 00:00:00

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