Religion and Politics

I heard a couple things this weekend about the Middle East that I thought were worth thinking about:

1) Jimmy Carter reminded us on CNN that the PLO, whom we currently consider the rational political party in Palestine used to be a terrorist organization that held as a prime tenant that Israel should be pushed back into the sea.

2) A commentator, whom I could not pick out of a line-up, on some random PBS show Friday mentioned an experience he had at a Foreign Affairs conference recently where everyone was trying to analyze the Middle East using game theory and other rational actor style analysis.