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in response to reader comment: Israel cannot take the blame for the arab fractioning

Submitted by Lars Nielsen (Denmark), Mar 13, 2012 at 11:41

Sara

I generally agree with many of your viewpoints. But so far, the arabs have been easy to resist, because they were ruled by dictators without much popular support. Now, it seems as if the arab spring may create new governments with more popular support. This is dangerous, because the arabs have been taught to hate Israel and USA, and because the new leaders seem to be islamists.

Therefore I fear, that the new leaders will join forces to attack Israel, because it will please the resentments of the people. But before that, they will join forces to increase oil prices immensely to create prosperity for their people, and in order to build up their armed forces.

Now, what can the US do to prevent the arabs to increase oil prices. Not much.

What can the US do to prevent arab armaments. Not much.

What can the US do to prevent arab forces to attack Israel. Not much.

Then, what can the US do to defend Israel against united attacks from the arabs. Pretty much. But the cost will be, that the US loses their influence in the arab world, which instead will find eager allies in Moscow and Bei Jing. It will therefore be tempting for the US to negotiate a peace with the arabs, which gives the palestinians their own state and "solves" the palestinian refugee problem, by giving them some part of Israel. Of course Israel will protest, but what can it do, if the USA then threatens to abandon Israel. Not much.

And after such negotiations, it will only be a matter of time, before the next attack and the next attack, until Israel disappears.

If You do'nt believe, think of Vietnam. The US defended South Vietnam for a decade, but in the end, they gave in. It was too costly, and the US could achieve its goals in different ways.

So, why do You think, they will fight harder for Israel ?

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