Remember the SHAH of IRANS name for himself ? ''The Aryan of all Aryans ''-how welcoming do you think the Israelis found that ? Yet we backe dthe Shah 100% as long as he kept the oil flowing -would have backed him further had the Ayatollah not come along during Reagan's election campaign . absolutely nothing in the Mid-East happens w.o tremendous amounts of money flowing . check the latest report on the billions missing from Iran .
According to Tenet the US is no longer involved with Peace negotiations .I had a professor in college who said the same thing in 1977-THERE is NO chance for PEACE in the Middle east. Tenet agrees . i am just starting the chapter on Arafat . Does anyone believe he was not tortured to death ?
You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.
As far as Sharia. I don't know that much about it besides what we have heard about the way the Taliban imposed it in Afghanistan, which was obviously horrible. Not that it matters a whole, but even the Taliban didn't want to execute all non-muslims, the death sentences were for muslims that converted away from Islam (still a brutal policy).
So I was being a bit flip when I said who cares about Sharia, but there are injustices all over the world and it should not be part of the US foriegn policy to try to right every wrong. The Libyans are gong to have to determine how to run their own country.
I agree with what you said ODH. Again, I didn't explain my thoughts very well. Let me try again.
If Obama and the UN decides to oust a cruel dictator on the basis of a humanitarian thing, okay. But they should have a plan in place to protect the people they claimed to have saved from that dictator. If all they do is wipe out one evil regimn only to let another evil regimn in, then what is the point? They did it with Eygpt too. We are meddling where we don't belong.
I understand why some muslims hate us. We've done this for a long time. It is not a good policy. Taking down a murdering dictatorship is okay with me if we then make sure that the people who are starving for freedom actually get it. But just wiping out a government and leaving it to be taken over by a terrorist group is ridiculous in my mind.
Here's the think. When we hear "Islamic Government", we hear "evil regime." However, Egypt and probably Libya are majority muslim. A lot of people in those countries are quite devout, and they probably want a government with Islamic influence.
I love the fact that we are pulling out of Iraq, but a complete withdrawl will just leave the peaceful muslims to get overtaken by the radicals. I think the US should withdraw from the UN and stop meddling over there. Everytime we meddle, we mess things up and create a bigger problem. I agree with people who say that they should be responsible for their own country. The problem is, we've already stuck our military's nose in their business, made promises and then never delivered. It's a little too late to just let them run their own things b/c the US/UN helped create the current problems.
I think I agree with you quinn. Getting involved in other countries' business may sometimes be morally justified, but at the present time the US government just doesn't have the money to get involved overseas more than absolutely necessary.