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Originally posted by Cascadego
Do you think we are "arming a resistence"?
It seems to me we are opposed to the ascendency of new superpowers, and willing to make deals with the devil to accomplish this.
I think this is a very plausible idea, and would make sense in the "self preservation" department, although if it is true, then our means are seriously out of wack.
I think, as a nation, our foreign policy clearly shows we are militaristic and xenophobic.
I agree. I think we have our fingers in much to many pies and that has caused us not end of grief (9-11 and the war on terror come to mind more readily).
p.s. Do you think we helped Israel so that they wouldnt die or instead, as is more plausible, so that we could hold a gun to the head of middle-eastern regimes?
Uh, it's hard to say. I think we would have to look more specifically at different time periods to find that out. I tend to think that in the begining we did it under pressure from the Jewish comminuty, then had no choice but to support them as they began fighting with their neighbors, and now we could very easily be modifying our middle east policy with them in mind. We did after all create quite a strong nation which is better than any military base we could ever set up. I like to think of them as our very own Middle East Police Force.
[Edited on 18-3-2004 by Cascadego]