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Common Interests in Uncommon Circumstances

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Mar 12, 2012 at 11:58

Which of us thinks there is no moral obligation to defend Israel? Are they to be treated any less than the citizens of Syria being slaughtered for the arrogance and pride of Bashar al-Assad? Do the Israeli citizens deserve any less consideration than 'Palestinians' in looking for peace in their lives, Israeli people historically being mistreated as badly as any indigenous populations?

It is a very poor argument indeed that says on the one hand the displaced populations of Africa (just one of many examples) have no rights to go home and then argue that Israel has no right to exist on lands that most accepted histories indicate they held in ancient times.

But let us set aside for a moment that such was not the case; but argue instead that Israelis do deserve a place of their own as anyone else, dismissing the devils' argument of President Ahmadinejad that Israel should be 'wiped of the face of the map.' Are we to understand that after the horrors of World War Two nations are once again desiring to engage in World War Three with far more devastating consequences just because of the 'Palestinian' insistence they have more rights than the Israelis?

I will leave alone the underlying argument of Israel's rights to its own sovereignty based upon its Biblically mandated promise to the land if Israel's enemies could equally stop trying to deprive Israel based upon the very same principle. But, the two cannot be separated. In fact, it is Biblically called for.

As such, if the United States did not see its moral obligation as being any different than other nations, then the United States would be in far worse condition than it already is and its alliance with Israel will be its only defining factor as the world moves closer to its arrangement with the hostilities necessary to attempt forcing Israel out of it promised land. After all, remember why the United States divorced itself from Europe in the first place; because the founding agents remembered something that the current generations are trying to forget- the equality of mankind is not protected by humanity, but by a greater power, the same power that will protect Israel in its future time of need.

Does the United States think it can deny the moral dilemma of allowing Israel to fend for herself-in view of history's rubble of nations who thought they could mess with Israel with impunity, it's not a position I would willingly take-anyone else?

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