Robert Myers’ New Play is Not Propaganda

“Robert Myers’ New Play is Not Propaganda.” By Alan Bisbort. Sun Sentinel, September 14, 2011


The thematic backdrop to his play, Myers says, is that, “The reality of the modern Middle East reinforces the fictional nature of nation states. Look at the 30 Years War, which completely and arbitrarily redrew the map and power structure of Europe. The modern Middle East is just living a more recent phase of this process.”

One of the consoling myths about the Middle East, Myers says, is that “this argument has been going on for thousands of years. That is simply not true. It has been going on since 1948 with the creation of Israel, or maybe since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 [which Bell vehemently opposed]. It’s easier to believe the conflict is ancient and therefore preordained.”