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Wishful thinking - Two powerful forces woking agains this vision

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Submitted by Haim Belisowski (United States), Apr 29, 2010 at 15:22

Mr. Pipes, I totally agree with you. Only an Israeli victory where the Arabs acknowledge defeat will lead to eventual Peace. Unfortunately, Peace is not what American policy makers want. There are two very powerful American interest groups which would to stand to lose big time if Israel is successful.

1. The U.S. Military–Industrial complex produces more than half the military hardware sold in the world. There is little room for growth in this industry. If Peace breaks out the market will shrivel. Therefore this market requires continuing instability and ongoing conflicts in order to increase overall demand for military hardware. Consequently, this group not interested in halting Iran from going nuclear. Iran going nuclear would trigger a vicious arms race in the Middle East to the benefit of the US Military-Industrial Complex.

2. The Oil industry has been responsible for the blinding of US policy makers to the fact that its worst enemy is Saudi Arabia. Mr. Pipes, I don't have to tell you this as you have been warning of the dangers of the Saudis/Wahabis for years. Well, now Israel with the help of a French and Japanese auto companies is developing the infrastructure for electric vehicles which may make gasoline and oil virtually obsolete. Therefore, the oil industry would be only too happy to see Iran nuke Israel, if only to stop this initiative in its tracks. There are hundreds of billions if not trillions of dollars at stake here.

Mr. Pipes, I shudder to think what would happen to Israel if these two very powerful and influential US interest groups get their way. Your vision of Peace through an Israeli victory seems wishful thinking and not likely to occur. I fear that there are forces in the US government trying to ensure that the opposite happens.

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