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Throwing Stones - No Solutions

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Submitted by SS (United States), Jul 22, 2007 at 01:17

I am not necessarily a big fan of George Bush - but I think it is important to point out that 911 was planned by the terrorists during the previous administration's watch (Clinton) - and was executed at the very beginning of George Bush's first term. He was not in office long enough to have his policies be the cause of the attacks.

Furthermore, Iran has been developing nuke tech for sometime (about a decade) - again - this is not something that George Bush caused.

The Jews resettled in Israel in the late 40's and since that time Arabs and Muslims in general in the Middle east have been at odds - and have had a relentless pursuit of "Killing all the Zionists". Iran's President Ahmadinejad is a classic example of what the word Radical means. Here is the LEADER of a country that PUBLICLY calls for the TOTAL outright destruction of another nation - Israel.

Afghanistan has had significant problems over the years - with Russia for example - and has been the off and on Drug Capital (Opium Trade) of the World over the decades.

Their is no doubt that the George Bush administration has made mistakes in handling certain things in the middle east - and most people will say that it is being motivated by greed of energy - OIL. But - I think it is also important to point out that every other major country/region in the world is also playing this energy poker game as well - Europe - Russia - China etc. The world is guilty as a whole - not just the USA. The Arabs are also players in this greedy poker game - they want the money - they are in no way victims. Corruption all round.

Most people that slam George Bush fail to outline what should have been done instead. Are you suggesting that the USA should have just said "Oh Well" we'll just forget this one (911) and that would have made everything better? The terrorist would have stopped - Iran wouldn't pursue nukes - Israel and the Arabs would get along - I don't think so.

Their is no doubt that what George Bush has done has aggravated the the terrorist elements in the Middle East - but confrontation is not a pretty thing. To suggest that doing nothing and leaving them alone would have been a better solution - is simply not reasonable. It is easy to throw stones when you are not supplying realistic solutions.

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