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Settlement of Middle East issues needs to be more practical

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

15:30, February 17, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

As Syria's bloody conflict is developing to a possibly civil war, Iran's nuclear issue is also escalating. Some external forces have called to settle the crises by military means; some even proposed to solve the crisis via a "packaged solution".

A "packaged solution" has its own inner logic. Syria is the most important regional ally of Iran while Iran is the hereditary enemy of the United States in the Middle East. Therefore, Iran will lose an important foundation in the region once a pro-Western regime is established in Syria. According to some U.S. media, overthrow of the current Syrian regime is directly related to the composition of the Middle East region.

It is not desirable to settle the Middle East issues in a drastic manner from pragmatic point of view, leaving aside the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. Otherwise, it may cause impact on a larger scope in addition to possibly disturbing the regional situation. Political ecology in the Middle East is very fragile.

The ethnic and sectarian conflict that has lasted for 1,000 years is a pile of mess. Nevertheless, a fragile balance is gradually formed over the years although minor chaos never stopped. Once such balance is broken, varieties of potential problems will emerge soon and together, which will be out of control of any external powers.

The Middle East is the world's most important "oil tank". Once turmoil occurs there, the stock market, financial system and real economy will inevitably be affected along with the soaring oil prices. A second recession is undoubtedly a disaster to the world economy which is already in recovery now.

The Middle East is too fragile to bear any turmoil as an intersection of multi-strategic interests. Settlement of Middle East issues needs to be more practical.

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