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Obama vs. McCain re Middle East.

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Submitted by Hyman Peskin (Canada), Jun 8, 2008 at 13:32

Both McCain and Obama share a common cause regarding future mid east policy. That policy is the furtherence of U.S. interests in the region. America is of course is committed to Israel's survival and security. But that must be balanced with the assurance that the the cause of the Palestinians not be prejudiced . Whoever becomes President cannot allow the peace making mechanism in place, to fail. The U.S. has the leverage with both parties to ensure that the peace process continue.

With energy prices spiking to entireably unacceptable levels, and the world economy at risk, it is imperative that the mid east not experience another all out war. The effects would be felt globally. And that is why the direct players to this dispute ought not be allowed to act out their own private disputes without some outside intervention. Both candidates, notwithstanding the rhetoric expressed, realizes the importance of maintaining some level of mid east stability.

The wars in Iraq and Iran will be reassessed in light of the past failures. There are no quick fixes. The U.S. , however cannot afford a totally open-ended war . The past policies in this area has lead to fiscal disaster. Major changes are long overdue.

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