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Originally posted by Seekerof
Umm, Iran and Syria have longed used Lebanon as a proxy to stage and fight against Israel for decades.
TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Middle East is the destination of the majority of American arms exports, creating enormous profits for weapons manufacturers and contributing greatly to the militarization of this already overly-militarized region. Despite promises of restraint, US arms transfers to the region have topped $60 billion since the Gulf War. Arms sales are an important component of building political alliances between the US and Middle Eastern countries, particularly with the military leadership of recipient countries. There is a strategic benefit for the US in having US-manufactured systems on the ground in the event of a direct US military intervention. Arms sales are also a means of supporting military industries faced with declining demand in Western countries.
Originally posted by Souljah
Peace Does Not Sell.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
This is one thing I have always said. Especially in regards to Israeli/Palestinian relations. There are more people who stand to lose if there is a peace brokered between the 2 peoples.
Its all about business.
Originally posted by donwhite
Or, how one man screwed up so much in so little time. And, he has over 2 years to go, until January 20, 2009. Sweet Jesus. Bless us, for we have sinned.
Geo W has forfeited our grand-children's future to support what he likes to call a “booming economy.” In reality, Geo W is giving us a single economy dividing into TWO economies. The upper 10% or 15% of the population - 30 to 45 million - and the lower 85% or 90% of the population - 255 to 270 million. As in China where the division is 300 million “yes” and 1,000 million “no.” China’s divide is also described as “coastal” and “inland.” The future bodes ill for both.
Geo W has blown the lid off the Middle East. Who in the @!*%@ ever thought voting was equal to democracy? A high school drop-out knows better than that. But not Geo W and VP Cheney and the Oberfuhrer.
Nuclear war? Sweet Jesus. Save us from ourselves! We have not talked about ‘nuking’ anyone since the 1962 Cuba missile thing. But now it’s a hot topic! Thank You Geo W. You could have the distinction of being America's first designated president and if you get your way, you may well be America’s LAST president. I hate you for this. If I ever vote Republcan again, I hope Jesus cuts off my hand!
[edit on 4/12/2006 by donwhite]