|Quoting AGM100 (Reply 13):|
Wow , sad you feel that way Jaysit ... I feel sorry for the torment you must endure living in the US. Well thier are alternatives ...
Yes, there are alternatives.
Come November, 2006 and 2008, we kick out the SOBs. In the interim, you can sing the praises of our mullahs while the country and the rest of the world laugh at you.
|Quoting Semsem (Reply 14):|
Jaysit you only talk about the Lebanese children "shorn to bits" but not word about the Israeli kids blown to bits. Be more balanced. Where were you when rockets were being fired at Israeli civilians.
We do not target civilians on purpose. However the Hezbollah target civilians on purpose.
Israel has endured more death and destruction than it ever deserved at the hands of the PLO, Hamas and other assorted terrorist or para-military organizations (or whatever one calls them). But in this particular conflict, Israel has behaved irresponsibly and with a callous and arrogant disregard for human life. 320 dead Lebanese civilians resulting from a disdain for diplomatic efforts to secure the release of 2 of its soldiers? We're not looking at the historical ledger of Arab versus Israeli deaths here. Where would we even start? The 1921 pogroms against the Jews? The 1948 war? 1972? Shatillah? At any stage, the deaths and suffering on both sides is tit for tat.
|Quoting RJpieces (Reply 8):|
Clearly you're not familiar with the aid we give to Israel for it is neither $5 billion nor a blank check (most of it has to be spent with the US defense industry).
Its just as good as a blank check, one whose cost is borne by the US taxpayer. Its like some millionaire telling his trophy wife - here, take this check and spend all you can, but you have to spend it on diamonds (military spending), not gold (shopping malls, etc.). As for the aid not being $ 5 billion, it was pretty damn close -$ 2.5 billion at first approved for military aid in 2005 (then ratcheted up to $ 3.1 billion, plus additional interest free loans to the tune of $ 1 billion that, were they offered to any other country (except say, our other vassal states like Egypt or Pakistan) would create an interest revenue stream of $ 500 million in the next 10 years). In addition, while Congress at first approved $ 250 million in direct economic aid to Israel in 2005, this was also ratcheted up to $ 700 million with spot grants shoved into all sorts of other bills. And lets not forget loan guarantees to the tune of $ 8-9 billion, of which Israel has already used up $ 3.5 billion since 2005. That's pretty damn close to $ 5 billion in my book, if not more.
If even a hundredth of that aid went to Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank over the years in the form of economic aid, the US could have built up a wellspring of trust and faith among Arabs who instead of rushing off to join Arafat or the Iranian backed Hezbollah would have been willing to trust the US or even Israel. Instead, we back off since 2000, sit around and do nothing even as successive Israeli governments continued to appease the ultra-rightwing fringe of settlers and Jewish fundamentalists.
Atheism is Myth Understood.