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2 January 2009 at 3:47:23 PM
pstern

As I have written before, most Americans [including U.S. leaders] don't seem to get the situation in the Middle East.  I have visited the Middle East on various occasions and it is an area riddled with volatile strife and social decay.  Arabs and Jews do not tolerate each other, in fact there is blatant hostility and hatred.  It has been this way since biblical times and it is not going away quickly.
 
Israel is NOT being wanton with its aggression against Hamas as some writers have stated e.g., Stephen Lendman's [ http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/2008/122908Lendman.shtml ].  Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab nations who want to exterminate the Jewish state, which was founded "tooth and nail" in 1948.  Arabs would love it if no Jews were in the Mid-East area.  Jews would be ecstatic if there were no Arabs to contend with. 
 
Israel fights every day for its very survival as a nation and culture.  What Israeli leaders and Arabs like Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin may say means very little based on the history of these endless conflicts, statements and promises.  Both sides say they want peace and throughout the past several generations there have been attempts at various truces; however, in a short while both sides toss aside the truce and begin to fight again.  It has been this way since 1948.
 
One of the problems is that there is no accountability for either side.  If the U.S. were to take the lead and engage World and Mid-East nations in real ONGOING table discussions and with the threat of economic sanctions as accountability, we may actually see the start of real peace in the region.  In truth it will take generations of peaceful discussion to achieve any lasting peace.
 
President George Bush unfortunately has taken sides completely with Israel.  In doing so he has added to the problems, anger and conflicts between Israel and Palestine as well as the rest of the Arab nations.

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It is both Arabs and Jews who can NOT get past the anger, prejudices, hatred and warring instincts in order to achieve some sort of real peace in the Mid-East.  It's just not going to happen without some real intelligent and reality-based effort.  Both groups have the right to live there and both have created undo hardships and travesties against each other.  Innocent people on each side have died and/or suffered great tragedies.

There needs to be an ONGOING peace table negotiation among Mid-East nations --- NOT just during hard times, but ALL THE TIME so that communications are continuous and conflicts are dealt with right away before they become escalated into chaos.

The U.S. should not "take sides".   We need to become a more neutral pressure to facilitate peace in that region if it ever will happen.  However, we do need to support each nation in their efforts to coexist.

If it were up to the Arab states they would kick Israelis into the sea and reclaim all the current Israeli land without hesitation or violence.  The Israelis would be happy to exterminate the Arabs at their borders. 

The U.S. has botched relations with other countries, e.g., our close neighbor of Cuba.  Isn't the embargo the most ridiculous policy we have?  Well, maybe next to "bailing-out" industries, waging a TRILLION dollar no-win war in Iraq and keeping friendly relations with Saudi Arabia who was not held accountable for the 9/11 terrorists who had ties to the Saudi government.  We have a long way to grow; hopefully, we will start to change with President Obama --- for the better.

Israel, Palestine and other Arab nations will continue to fight among themselves because each side firmly believes they must eliminate the opposition completely, that there is no room for peaceful coexistence.  They also don't communicate well with each other.

What you stated about the "democracies" also may be stated about providing arms and weapons, which we do for Jews and Arabs.

As for military proximity to the Mid-East, we also have bases in Turkey, Iraq, Greece, Egypt, etc., etc.  All are minutes away via jet fighters and missile launchers to the Mid-East areas, so we really don't need Israel as much as that nation needs us.

It's a real plight and travesty for the common people who just want to live their lives in peace and yet they also have the hatred and prejudices that the leaders have.

The only way for any improvement in the Mid-East region is [as I stated before] to force Jewish and Arab leaders to sit down at a table at least once every 2 weeks to discuss various economic, political and social issues that effect their relations BEFORE they may escalate into warfare.  There must be an agreed upon mediator to facilitate these meetings in which the main objective is to open communications, acknowledge similar living styles and needs, deescalate any conflicts and thus attempt to maintain peaceful relations.

To date the U.S. and the rest of the world have failed in this attempt.  It is obvious that Israel and Palestine can NOT workout their differences and anger issues.  Opening communications by sitting together every 2 weeks is a start to negotiate more of a peaceful coexistence between Israel and other Arab nations.

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1 - humanbeing   2 Jan 2009 @ 7:32:50 PM 

 It's about stopping the hatred...anything less will fail.  It's just that simple and just that difficult.


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2 - pstern   4 Jan 2009 @ 10:10:46 AM 

Hamas gets a lot of its trade, munitions, missiles, etc. from Iran and Herzbollah (a Lebanese organization). It really does not need the U.S. to supply it via our trade --- neither does the rest of the Arab world.

A major problem is that the "active" groups in Palestine and elsewhere use "guerilla" tactics that increase the dangers dramatically to the lives of the area's citizenry, e.g., the Hamas hide-out in the midst of a city's populace. Under this cover it makes it hard for a nation like Israel to retaliate, as that cover forces ongoing civilian casualties and then the world points fingers at the nation causing the casualties instead of at the root cause for the fighting that started initially.

I really don't think that Israel had much choice in its retaliation against the Hamas that just happens to be thriving in Palestine. There was a truce that was tossed aside by the Hamas (not the Israelis).

If Israel agreed to a truce now, as most of the world wanted, the Hamas will regenerate its arsenal and eventually will discard the truce again to fire more missiles at southern Israel. It's a cyclical issue.

Who is providing the oversight to force Hamas to exist peacefully without increasing its supply of weapons and missiles?

During the past several years of truce Hamas purchased more weapons, including more up-to-date missiles, from Iran and Herzbollah. Consequently, the Israeli ground forces will flush-out the Herzbollah quicker than longer-distance retaliatory missiles will and also will be slightly less damaging to Palestinian civilians.

Even so, it will take a long time to achieve the objectives set by Israeli leaders, unfortunately at a high cost of civilian lives.

Israel and the Arab world need to settle their differences in a peaceful manner, but neither side seems willing to do so in an ongoing basis. All peaceful efforts resort back to war.


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