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Principles vs. Reality

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Submitted by sara (United States), Jun 23, 2012 at 19:23

Hello Ianus,

It is not a matter of personal preference whether a man of principle is preferable to an opportunist, despite the personal response it elicits in me. You are talking theory and I am talking realities. The leftists tend to make the mistake of looking at the world as they want it to be, not as it is. I have been exposed to enough reality to know that only the outcome counts. As to the US staying out of the war while millions of Jews and others were unimaginably decimated, I say, join the club. The US was as delinquent as were all other nations who stood by and did nothing. Israel is, and has always been, in the unique position of having no true friend in the world. There will never be an unquestioning, principled ally to be depended upon. That is reality. It has always been so and always will.

The oil countries reach is far, and whether a particular conflict directly involves oil reserves, the arabs still have their influence and impact on the foreign policies of oil needing countries. I do not presume to represent US interests as I spent the meaningful part of my life in Israel, and thus view policies through that lens. Since 9/11 I have felt more of a sense of identity since they finally knew what it felt like and some came to understand. I make no excuses and I have already acknowledged that the US has made many strategic and tactical errors in policy. I am the last person who would support anything that strengthens Arab /Muslim countries as I view them as an existential threat to western civilization. But that still does not make me a Stalin supporter. The US has been a fickle friend to Israel over the decades, but still shines in comparison with the likes of the EU or any other nation. I have hopes that India will become a greater and greater friend as time goes on, mostly due to their identification with the terror inflicted upon Israelis by terrorists. India, as it happens, has more Islamic terror attacks than any other country in the world annually.

I reiterate my question to you, as GIK has also been asking, what are your solutions then?

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