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Friendliness in the Middle East

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Submitted by Judith Davies (United States), Nov 9, 2011 at 13:04

The West will never understand the East. Our interests there are always too strategic rather than philanthropic. The Islamists know that, and have an edge over influencing their people. Our Administration stood behind the rioters in Eqypt who committed unspeakable acts in the streets but did not stand behind the secular movement in Iran. Iran and Syria are the big players who influence the rest of the Middle East. We've left it up to Israel to deal with Iran when there are intelligent, informed, secular Iranians who don't hate the U.S. and would welcome our support. Since Assad betrayed his followers in Syria we can only hope a better regime takes place there, and I for one pray for the secular Iranians who are caught between a rock and a hard place just like Israel. Middle East history is so long and complicated we need the right people in our Administration who actually understand it. Currently, we don't have that. Since we now have another "would-be Haj Amin el Husseini" popping up in Turkey, and the French and American President have just birthed a bombshell with their big mouths, and proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they don't get it, it seems the Spring has gone up and went!

I am grateful for this Web site and Blog and a few others who tell it like it is!

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