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Common Sense in the Middle East?

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Dec 28, 2009 at 14:29

A certain sense of the mindsets of those polled are to be derived from the statistics of the polling questions, but there is an underlying circumstances that are alluded to, but to this reader, overlooked for reasons not quite apparent. Israel is the focus point, yet from different perspectives, Israel is also the target. Yet further, something else is certain, though less obvious: Saudi's do not expect hostilities against them to emanate from Israel, neither do the Egyptians; but both have internal issues that come from Iranian interference. That all the Muslim agencies have their Islamic allegiances is manifest, yet not all owe allegiance to the same interpretations of the Quran, as one might suspect from the factionalization of Shiite versus Sunni sects.

Why were the Hamas or the Hizbollah not asked the same questions? Or the Gazans? Or the 'Palestinian' factions in Israeli held lands? Because, they have already expressed their opinions, that whoever will expel Israel from the land is the object of their hero worship, and the Iranians are head of the pack on that one, for the moment.

Eventually the quibbling over such things are going to expand into a regional outburst, and the opinions of a minority group in either nation is not going to amount to much of an argument as to how one might resolve an international issue. There will be no efficacy on the part of the United Nations either, for the ineffectual placement of UN forces in areas of their influence have not stopped the build-up of arms that are directed towards Israel in a threat just as virulent (if not more so)as the nuclear sites in Iran.

So, what is the real question, and the real concern? The answer will be found in who's going to strike first. From there, the whole world will be drawn in, and the opinion of a few thousand people are not going to be enough to deter the hostilities that will befall the region after it all gets started and common sense is overrun.

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