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Submitted by Pagan (United States), Feb 18, 2006 at 05:28

yes but.....

in case you dont know Turkey has 70 million habitants, so even if its national gdp is 508 billion dollars (greater than israel) the real gdp (the average salary of a citizen in one year) is actually US $7,400. the standard of living is very precarious, actually middle eastern countries GDPs even though they have the world's largest oil reserves are generaly lower than latin american countries like Mexico, Guyana, Argentina, Brazil or Chile with an average gdp per citizen of US $12,000. and this gdps are basically based on industrial and services exports not oil production. most countries in latin america are producers of technology or are starting the process to produce it.

in contrast, in the middle east there is no significant manufacturing of high tech products like in chile, mexico and brazil. Their economies reflect their inavility to compete in a global world market: Yemen's GDP is $800 per citizen, syria's $3,400 and irans GDP is 7,000.

Israel has a gdp of 129 billion dollars but a population less than 7 million, the size of switzerland. The living standard is higher in israel than every where else in the middle east. The gdp per citizen is US $ 20,800. Israel can survive without USA or Europe its an industrialized country that has become in few years a first world country. It's developing technology: aviation equipment, communications, computer-aided design and manufactures, medical electronics, fiber optics, heavy machinery etc, and exports this technology to the west and asia, no other country in the middle east is doing that.

The reason? they do something that the rest of the arabs nations dont: they WORK hard to compete in the modern world. They WORK hard to produce a democracy, institutions, PEACE, rule of LAW and stability. They dont sit in their living rooms smoking adictive stuff with 4 wives and 15 children while semi slave servants clean their houses and work for them for food and shelter, and produce for their "masters" all their wealth. Israelis are not just traders, or builders of casinos and resorts, they dont stop working to pray 5 times a day, they dont live all day thinking about religion and verses and infidels, they, WE the rest of the world WORK! and HARD to reach our modern leaving standards.

The Israelis, South Americans, Indians, South Africans, Europeans, Chinese, Americans, Japanese, Australians we all (with few exceptions) WORK and WORK and WORK HARD to become more competitive every day, we dont live only exporting oil on fake economies taking advantage of others less fortunate people and blaming other countries for our laziness and inconpetence. we are not sloths living in a medieval mindframe like the muslim arab countries.

and for that reason they hate us, they hate the world....


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