toda,Reisinger is Israeli, has lived in Israel, and has very strong knowledge of the conflict. He knows it better than Tbar220 who is in LA, USA.
Your mistaken. Iraq has droppings on its shirt. After massacureing Kurdish refugees, invading a soverign enemy, and bombing a non-agressor, Iraq has shown itself to be a bloody evil regime. The USA and UK are the only two countries that realize this and are taking the propper steps to contain a very violent and dangerous regime from developing weapons of mass destruction.
Well written opinions. I agree that Sharon is not optimal, but I assume you know why he was elected. He was elected because he assured Israelis he would put an end to violence and secure the country (hell of a campaign promise). His efforts have been shoddy, but he appealed to Israel's sense of security versus Barak who wished to negotiate as school buses were blowing up.
Sadly, some of Iraq's arrmaments are US supplied. As you know, the US viewed Iraq as a strategic ally in the region during the Iran-Iraq conflict and supported Iraq in its battles with the Islamic Republic.
Isolationist and appeasement are dangerous and wrong. Please read a history textbook to further understand this.
Israel is surrounded by terrorists. Please do not be blind to this. Terrorists are defined as people who attempt to instill terror into a society. Acts of this type occuring on average 25 times a day in Israel and the occupied territories. Read the IDF blotter found at www.IDF.il for a better understanding of the situation in the ME.
Please read Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex speech (not Industrial Military Complex) delivered in 1961. If you read it carefully, you will notice D.D. advocated not isolationism and a blind eye to world events, but rather an active stance in world politics with a close eye on who and how our military is influenced by domestic forces (ie the Military-Industrial Complex).
You must understand that if the US turns a blind eye to world events, more blood will be spilled. The US has/does/will do act as a moderator and facilitator in peace negotiations. The US has armed Israel because
-Israel provides military inteligence to the US on groups and coutries that wish to destroy the US (and you!).
-Has been invaded three times by hostile neighbors
-Is a complete democracy in an island of dictatorships.
Is the subject of a brutal terror campaign by groups wishing to destabalize the region.
It is far more advantageous for the US if the area was calm and peaceful where democracy and free trade can reign than in a war zone, with destroyed cities.
Perhaps you can follow this line of reasoning too. As far as isolationist, I also advise you to read a history textbook. You can start at the chapter dealing with an act called "appeasement" in a city called Munich.
When the US turns a blind eye, people die. It's that simple. The world needs a stablizing force that will promote peace, democracy and the overthrow of corrupt regimes, organizations, and terror groups.