Shabah - 3/19/2006 6:22 PM
chiphomme - 3/19/2006 5:00 PM
Shabah - 3/19/2006 11:25 AM
American backing is often justified by the claim that Israel is a fellow‐democracy surrounded by hostile dictatorships. This rationale sounds convincing, but it cannot account for the current level of U.S. support. After all, there are many democracies around the world, but none receives the lavish support that Israel does.
That rationale doesn't just "sound" convincing, it is convincing.
How many other democracies around that world have neighbors that swear to destroy them? Or don't acknowledge their existence? Or both?
The US support of Israel is completely justified.
What about Taiwan?: http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/tw.html
Do they get one fifth of foreign aid too? Does the US deal with China the same way it deals with Arabs?
AIPAC use "danger to democracy" whenever it wants to make a point, example: http://www.aipac.org/hamas/
The last time I checked I though Hamas was elected but that does not count since it's an Arab election and it must be rigged...(Of course, just so you don't jump the gun, I am not a supporter of Hamas Chiphomme, but that was the will of the Palestinians)
Man, democracy does not work when it's not "your way"...
Here is what a US ex-embassador ( Robert V. Keeley, Source: http://www.jerusalemites.org/articles/english/2006/march06/5.htm ) had to say: Even worse are the Bush administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s other reactions to the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, policies bordering on the farcical. Their big project of promoting democracy throughout the Middle East region received a decided boost when the Palestinians were able to hold what no one disputed was a free and fair election for a new parliament, with no violence, an honest count, and acceptance of defeat by the losers who were the incumbents. A model democratic performance.
But we had a problem: The wrong guys won!
So we have scrambled to try to undo what democracy produced, thus placing hypocrisy at the forefront of our whole posture in the region.
Chiphomme, show your position, your thoughts and why should the US still be the peace broker. Can you tell me why the US should not be fired from this job?