A historical review of events in the Middle East since 1979

The current situation in the Middle East is complicated and confusing to say the very least. Big Al decided to provide a chronology of events that, in his mind, are pertinent to the current tenuous environment. The more that I discuss the Middle East from a political standpoint, the more that I realize that I have been leaning more on emotions than verifiable facts. The next three editorials will rectify that situation.
I have decided to lean on Jim McKinney since he was actively involved in that area for the past twenty years of his career. Virtually everyone on our site certainly does not have the “boots on the ground” expertise that he does.
I, personally, would appreciate your thoughts on this particular commentary to be supported by facts all of which are verifiable by links that you provide with your comments.
Help me out if you would! Jim certainly is doing that to the best of his ability.
Big Al asks for your input to clarify this question. Please do make sure that all of your comments are supported by what you believe are verifiable facts.

The Lost Art of Civility

I will be discussing this subject with Dr. Steven Mintz on our upcoming Weekend Radio Program which airs on twenty stations in addition to our pod cast which you can listen to at www.kereport.com beginning on Saturday morning at midnight pacific standard time.

The correlation between The Fall of Rome and current attitudes in America are simply amazing. As a preview, this article is posted below. I am very curious what you all think about this subject

What does America Have in Common With the Roman Empire?
The Lost Art of Civility
It’s the time of the year when I reflect on both personal matters and those related to the cause I represent – bringing ethics and civility back to society. There’s a lot to think of with respect to the latter. This is especially true with the impeachment of President Trump in play, in part due to the ethically questionable actions he’s taken. Moreover, we continue to see violence in our streets and schools; fights that break out in stores and even airplanes; vulgar language used almost everywhere, especially on the internet; and a general disregard for others with whom we disagree as evidenced by the cancel culture.
A lot has been written recently about our ‘cancel culture,’ where someone says or does something that’s captured online and then gets denounced online by those who object. The goal is to cut the initial messenger off from influence. The guilty party is shunned from society. Being cancelled can cost friends, coworkers, a job or even a career.
The cancel culture in society is a manifestation of an us versus them mentality where opposing groups look for dirt on the other. The idea is to make them look as bad as possible so the doers come out looking better. The idea that we should tear down another person or group that we don’t agree with is a classic case of our inability as a society to discuss matters openly, without prejudgment. It’s easier to criticize then build greater understanding. That takes work and a thoughtful approach to civic discourse.
I believe in certain core ethical values: honesty, kindness, empathy, personal responsibility, and integrity – which is the whole of an ethical person. There are other values as well but the idea is to treat people the way you wish they would treat you – and that includes respect, which seems to have disappeared from society.

I do a lot of television and radio interviews and am always asked what can be done to reverse the trend of declining ethics and civility in society. It’s a tough question to answer because our decline as a civilized society has been happening over a long period of time. We can blame President Trump for it, but the fact is it started before his term. We live in a society where all-too-many want to see our leaders in the face of opponents and making disparaging comments about them. I’m saddened that no one on the campaign trail seems to care about these issue and the debates to date have not touched upon it.

In an article on incivility in America by Ray Williams, he talks about the Roman Empire, 
“The Romans, in creating an empire that expanded around the world put great emphasis on civil virtue. The Romans believed in honest debate, civility in the streets and treating adversaries with respect, even if defeating them in battle. Historians looking at the fall of the Roman Empire have tried to find reasons why the great Empire failed. Many see the loss of the civil society as a major reason for the fall of the Romans. People stopped treating each other with respect. The Empire itself stopped treating those they conquered with respect. What was once a society of mutual respect for all became a society of overconfidence of complacency. The very values that made the Roman Empire great were the very values that were left behind. The Romans in creating an empire that expanded around the world put great emphasis on civil virtue. The Romans believed in honest debate, civility in the streets and treating adversaries with respect, even if defeating them in battle.”
Think about this with respect to today’s society in America. Does it sound familiar? Are we headed down the same road as the Romans?

There is a famous quote: ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’ I hate to be a pessimist at this time of the year but fear we are going down the road where we’ve not only lost our moral compass but have smashed it to pieces.