Causes of the Cronulla Riots On 4 December, 2005 riots erupted at Cronulla Beach in New South Wales involving conflict between local White residents and Lebanese men. The riots have been widely touted as racially motivated, but this analysis falls short of explaining the longer term, underlying, and immediate causes of the Cronulla Riot. The Legacy of Historical Conflict between the West and the Middle East In beginning with discussion on a longer term scale, the Cronulla riots naturally speak to the conflict in the world between the West and the Middle East. Tensions between the West and Middle East, of course, date back centuries and even millennia in what has often been called a clash of civilizations.1 For many people, reflection on...The end:
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