maxthrusta330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3052 times:
What kind of country is America if it cedes its sovereignty in matters of war and peace to a tiny ally like Israel, that seems hell bent on manipulating American decision making by manipulating American domestic politics?
These are not my words exactly (I've filled in the blanks) but those of Robert W. Merry:
Does it not defy logic that a miniscule newcomer of a state (leaving aside the issue of legitimacy) created only 64 years ago, should be able to exert such influence over the world's main superpower?
Whichever way you look at it, the math simply doesn't add up. The US possesses vastly superior statistics in GDP, population, natural resources and geographic land mass - so why are they so sensitive, accommodating and beholden to a lightweight minnow like Israel?
All things considered, the amount of attention that the US government pays to Israel's interests appears to be ridiculously disproportionate, which therefore leads to the question:
Why is Israel able to exert such force and manipulation over a country like the US?
Secondly, why do the American people continue to tolerate this?
I don't think Israel is really doing anything... it's the forces within *our* country that are the cause of this IMO. Israel as a sovereign nation says they're planning on doing something, calming, just requesting our help (or not sometimes) but the politicians over hear are the ones that blow everything up. Look at what Israel says, then look what happens in the US. Unless there is a conspiracy of Israel inserting people into our government, it's probably just the partisanship exploding in our country and politicians freaking out, just like normal.
There is a strong notion in the US that Iran is going to mess with us as well if they get nukes... to stop Iran from getting nukes, wouldn't you want to work with your strongest and closest ally in the region to help stop Iran from getting nukes?
Now I personally disagree with all that, but a large amount of Americans here do. I can't really blame them, and I'm sure if Australia was the one threatened you'd have a bit more concern over there. Just the way people work
DeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8405 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2813 times:
Quoting Arcano (Reply 5): None, as America is a continent and not a single country.
and "America" is also a shortened version of the "United States of America" so I don't see where you're going with this besides trying to incite people. I think exactly 0 people saw this post and thought the poster was talking about everything from Canada to Argentina
Because many Americans are evangelical Christians who believe that the Jews need to be repatriated to the land God promised them in the Bible in order for the world to end. The Jews are much more indifferent to Zionism.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6222 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2599 times:
Quoting maxthrusta330 (Thread starter): All things considered, the amount of attention that the US government pays to Israel's interests appears to be ridiculously disproportionate, which therefore leads to the question:
Well, considering there's a good chance that Israel would be "driven into the sea' with no real world support, I'm sure having us as an ally is at least mildly comforting - and convenient.
I realize Israel is tough and can probably take care of themselves, but after things like Rwanda where the world did nothing, I can't blame anyone for expecting Israel to have at least one good, strong ally. YMMV.
Quoting photopilot (Reply 11): As to the whole Israel/Iran thing, what on earth gives even the slightest shred of legitimacy to the Israel position vis-a-vie nukes, considering how they themselves acquired their own nukes.
What do you think would happen if say China/Russia/Pakistan etc just came out and said.... "We've sold a nuclear weapon to Iran for defensive purposes"? I've actually go no real problem with Iran obtaining/developing nukes because like it or not, it's the one-sided availability of nuclear weapons that is destabilizing the mid-east right now. If Iran and Israel both have nukes, they'll be FORCED to fall into the M.A.D. scenario (Mutually Assured Destruction) that the old USSR/USA stalemate became. And despite the hatred, the conflicting ideology, religion, etc, they'll be forced to come to some sort of accommodation with each other. That might actually be a benefit to the mid-east.
That's assuming that neither nation is prepared to fight to the death. With two very strong religious countries - Israel and Iran - who's to say how far it might escalate. And as I said above, I don't think for a moment that anyone is going to come riding to their rescue (Israel's) unless it's the US. Just my opinion.
Quoting maxthrusta330 (Reply 12): If "the world is going to end" shouldn't the rest of us be be trying to stop them moving back there?
kiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2166 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
I guess the history of how Srael came to being is important in the context of Americas approach to it. If you went back 70 years, maybe the US would change its involvement or the strategy around Israel.
I am not a great fan of everything Israel does but i do think its a good thing that they have the US as an ally as I feel quite certain that they would have ceased to exist long ago without them