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Furthermore, the crises will be serious in what President Eisenhower called "the most strategically important area in the world." In the early post-War years, the United States in effect extended the Monroe Doctrine to the Middle East, barring any interference apart from Britain, assumed to be a loyal dependency and quickly punished when it occasionally got out of hand (as in 1956). The strategic importance of the region lies primarily in its immense petroleum reserves and the global power accorded by control over them; and, crucially, from the huge profits that flow to the Anglo-American rulers, which have been of critical importance for their economies. It has been necessary to ensure that this enormous wealth flows primarily to the West, not to the people of the region. That is one fundamental problem that will continue to cause unrest and disorder. Another is the Israel-Arab conflict with its many ramifications, which have been closely related to the major U.S. strategic goal of dominating the region's resources and wealth.
A "worst case" prediction for the crisis a few years ahead would be a war between the U.S. and Iran; unlikely, but not impossible.
Israel is pressing very hard for such a confrontation, recognizing Iran to be the most serious military threat that it faces. So far, the U.S. is playing a somewhat different game in its relations to Iran; accordingly, a potential war, and the necessity for it, is not a major topic in the media and journals of opinion here.
Why is the Palestinian Resistance called Terrorism and never Self Defence?
Originally posted by Odium
Article 181, 29th of November 1947 states no one Nation should control Jerusalem nor should they have an armed presence in it.
They are breaking the U.N. Resolution.
- Chapter VI:
- Non-binding recomendations
- Call upon disputing parties to settle their disputes by peaceful means such as negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and judicial settlement (Article 33.1, Chapter VI, Charter of the United Nations.)
- Chapter VII:
- Legally binding
- Enable firm action to be taken with respect to threats to peace and acts of aggression such as sanctions, inspections and containment
Originally posted by JudahMaccabbi
Its been a while since the last reply but I'll grace you with an attempt to answer. I have tried to read Noam Chomsky's articles and watch his lectures. He looses faith with me when he performs historic acrobatics in order to make a point.
Palestinian resistance is not aimed at the military but at civilians. Therefore it is not resistance. Palestinians implemented a strategy of targeting civilians which is unacceptable.
Palestinians do not warn, target civilians and attempt to maximize the damage of their attacks. This is NOT resistance but Terrorism.
- Israel Is Illegally Occupying Palestine
Under UN Resolution 242, Israel is required by international law to withdraw from all the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem.
- Israel Systematically Violates the Human Rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories
Each day, Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Gaza violate articles of the 4th Geneva Convention on Human Rights, an agreement that governs wartime rules of engagement and to which Israel is a signatory.
- Israel is an Apartheid State
Israel has developed an elaborate system of racial discrimination, embedded in its legal system, rivaling Apartheid South Africa's laws. These laws include the Law of Entry, the Law of Return, the Citizenship Law, the Military Service Law, and a host of legally sanctioned, discriminatory rabbinical rulings.
- US Military Aid to Israel Violates US Law
The US Arms Export Control Act (AECA) strictly forbids the government from giving military assistance to any country that violates internationally recognized human rights.
- US Military Aid to Israel threatens US Security and Global Stability
US funding of Israel's human rights abuses fuels resentment towards the US. While the rest of the world strongly condemns Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, US government provides the political, diplomatic and material means for the occupation to continue.
UN Security Council 22 November 1967
Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
- Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
- Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.
Originally posted by Souljah
Excuse me, but the Isreal War Machine Kill Civilan Also.
Well I think you know, what an F-16 jet can do do a House of a "Suspected Terrorist".
And I think you know what an Apache attack helicopter can do to a Street full of People?