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  • I agree, the US should get out. We need to stop selling arms to Israel, stop giving them massive foreign aid, stop being the only in the UN security council blocking motions to censure them, and so on.

    This would indeed massively help efforts to bring peace to this situation, as it would force Israel to stop using military force to "solve" it's problems.
    • ... it would force Israel to stop using military force to "solve" it's problems.
      No, it would force Israel to stop defending herself.
      • Slaughtering Palestinians is a really poor defense strategy. I, as much as anyone, would like to see fewer Israeli citizens being blown to bits.

        But the best way to do that is to provide a real Palestinian state, where young men have something to do besides sitting around unemployed all day feeling frustrated. You know, jobs, that sort of thing.

        But the US makes sure that Israel can continue to use a violent military "solution", even though it solves nothing. Killing someone's friends and neighbors is no
        • Slaughtering Palestinians is a really poor defense strategy.

          That is one of a host of possible descriptions for what is going on today.

          But the best way to do that is to provide a real Palestinian state, where young men have something to do besides sitting around unemployed all day feeling frustrated.

          I don't see how withholding foreign aid or military equipment is a necessary pre-requisite to that plan. I also think the situation is significantly more complex than your simplification makes it soun

          • Well, I don't trust any of those people you listed, particularly the ones currently in power. Neither Arafat nor Sharon are trustworthy, nor do they have the best interests of their people at heart. It just so happens that Sharon has a lot of US money and weapons to play with so he gets to indulge his taste for violence and destruction to his heart's content.

            In fact, I think that the majority of the Palestinian and Israeli people _would_ accept a simple solution, if only the powers that be would let them
            • I think it's rather naive of you to believe that the people you listed actually give a damn about the Palestinians or the Israelis, given their actions in power, but I guess once you've absorbed enough American news media you're ready to believe anything.

              Actually, my POV wasn't tempered by CNN, but by living in Israel. Mighty presumptive of you to think otherwise....

              If you go back and read what I said, it just a simple statement that the region is filled with complex interests which defy a simple so