posted on Dec, 8 2006 @ 10:06 AM
It true that Iraq is not Vietnam. Although both wars were mistakes from the beginning, and each is due to an overdose of hubris suffered by American
leaders, getting out of Vietnam was essentially non-consequential, but getting out of Iraq will haunt us for decades to come.
Vietnam was nothing to the United States. We labored under the dire predictions of the domino theory, which had us defending capitalism in Australia
after the rest of Asia fell under control of the Communists if Vietnam fell. Never a valid theory, but it was our guide for a decade. An example how
important good leaders are to a country.
The Middle East is made up of the following: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, The Occupied Territories, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen,
Oman, UAE - United Arab Emirates - Qatar and Bahrain. It could be argued that Turkey, Cyprus and Pakistan should be included. It may also include
Lybia, Tunisia and Morocco. And perhaps, Afghanistan.
Everyone knows this region was mostly part of the Ottoman Empire that collapsed in 1918. That most of the countries we are talking about were defined
by Europeans around 1922, with no regard for the people who lived there. This is why I hate to hear the issue of “borders” used as a justification
for any kind of military action. But we cannot go back, we have to play the hand we’ve been dealt.
B43 gives no sign of remorse or repentance since November 7. I fear this bodes ill for the 110th Congress and for the high hopes the general public
had placed on it. I have heard it will cost to $100 b. to refit and replace the equipment lost or used up in Iraq. That seems like a lot of money. I
hope the Dems can follow the money trail a lot closer than the GOP Congress.
Anyone who has read my earlier postings know I have always said that the Israeli-Arab issue is the underlying cause celebre of the Middle East. It has
gotten much worse under B43. We gave the right wing Israelis a free hand in a reverse Holocaust on the Palestinians. Sharon and Olmert want all of the
biblical Palestine for a pre-Armageddon Israel. Right wing Christians in America back that plan. The Middle East is so complicated that it is worse
than the Gordian Knot of antiquity. And we have no Alexander on the scene.
The fact remains the United States is the only country with both the historic connections, the wealth and the power to “solve” this issue. Or
should I say, “resolve?” Briefly, we can come out of the Middle East with much of our honor preserved if we do this: Take 1967 as our starting
point. To go back further is to go nowhere. Facts merge into myths. Every boundary line is clear at the end of the Six Day War. Israel must surrender
all of the West Bank, called Samaria and Galilee. Israel must return Gaza and a grade separated roadway between the two territories so the
Palestinians can travel form one to the other without interference by Israel. Israel must return the Golan Heights to Syria.
Israel must return East Jerusalem to the Arabs-Palestinians, so that the Temple Mount and its two holy sites are again in Arab hands. The Mosque al
Aqba and the Dome of the Rock. Every Israeli must vacate the Occupied Territories immediately and Israel must not destroy the buildings as they have
always done in the past. Spiteful. Israel must take down the wall. So what do the Israelis and the US get for this small sacrifice? The US gets a lot
of its honor and prestige back. Israel gets peace. Yes, the US must furnish 15,000 soldiers to guard the borders between Israel and a New Palestine.
For as long as it takes. Until both sides ask us to leave. Hey, we’ve been in South Korea since 1953. The US must give $15 b. a year to the New
Palestinian government for 10 years, for development and infrastructure.
New Palestine must not ever acquire or possess offensive arms. No weapons other than a police constabulary can use in keeping infernal order. A
serious effort to disarm all Palestinians should be made. Give a job for every AK47 turned in. Pay every Palestinian who lost his property to the
Israelis $50,000, to end The Right of Return.
We - the US - must “guarantee” the borders of Iraq, after we are gone. This is to prevent Iran and Turkey from dividing Iraq between the two
countries and cutting off a piece to Syria and Jordan to buy their complicity. It also wold gain favor with Turkey if we included the provision that
an independent Kurdistan would not be allowed. This provision needs a sundown clause to avoid problems 10-29 years down the road.
Finally, the US must accept Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in New Palestine. Hold a real election in Lebanon, and abandon the so-called
“confessional” division of power that underlies the vexatious problems in Lebanon. I am 100% convinced if we did our part, each of those groups
would give up their warlike ways - resistance to perceived tyranny - and acknowledge the right to Israel to remain where it is, and to be at peace
with its neighbors.
This is what the 70 recommendations are saying. We have always known how to “solve” the Middle East, but we have succumbed to the pressures of the
hard liners in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the United States.
People of moderation must take charge if we are to avoid a nuclear exchange in the not too distant but foreseeable future.
[edit on 12/8/2006 by donwhite]