Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 2006 E55, 2005 SLK55, a few others
Location: Ventura County USA
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They have no interest in Iraq, Iraq isn't threatening them. Why would they fight a drawn out battle with the Iraqis when we're doing it for them? They won't do damned thing we want unless it's in their interests as well, so I understand the frustration. I've already answered your question. I make no "excuses" for Israel. They're just as fucked up as the rest. It isn't that we put their "interests" ahead of ours, it's that our interests are somewhat aligned, and we don't have any other friends there. The Saudis??? They'd stick a knife in our backs in a heartbeat if we didn't float half of their economy through oil revenues. As we become a smaller player in the world oil market and the Asian markets continue to expand, we can expect an even less amicable relationship with them. Israel has a relationship with Jordan and Egypt, strained maybe, but neither country is calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map". That's the reason we pretend to be friends with these ME countries (including the Saudis). As long as they pretend to be somewhat "friendly" to the west, we play the game. We pay Israel a shitload of money and give them billions in military hardware to stand in there and keep the unfriendly ones on their toes. It really isn't that hard to understand. Where in hell do I say I "believe" in "blood, mayhem and genocide"? YOUR WORDS. Being pissed off about the situation tends to make you say ridiculous things like that. I too, would love to see these people figure out a way to "just get along", but in the mean time, we have the status quo, and BO isn't about to "change" any of this.