Writer explains war, terrorism in terms of chaos

War in Lebanon and plans to blow airplanes out of the sky raise a simple but difficult question: Why?Mark LeVine, professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Culture, and Islamic Studies at the University of California-Irvine frames answers in terms of “sponsored” or “managed” chaos.In an article in the summer edition of the Middle East Journal, LeVine says the phenomenon shows up in Russia and the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union, parts of South America, border zones such as between the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, the northern frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East.“What most scholars believe i...

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