Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, Dennis Ross, the White House’s chief advisor on the Middle East told the audience that ‘doing nothing’ at the time of ’sweeping change’ in the Middle East is a wrong policy.

Ross’s statement reveals succinctly the leftist fallacy. They fail to understand that in the real political world, doing nothing is actually the best policy as it amounts to many micro-moves which, with small-scale errors, gradually adjust societies to new realities. Doing nothing is an especially viable policy precisely in the time of sweeping changes when the nature of changes is not yet clear and the proper response remains unknown.

Dennis Ross

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