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Submitted by Jeff Foster (United States), Dec 21, 2006 at 12:35

'Baker ... asserts that the situation in Iraq is "inextricably linked" to the Arab-Israeli conflict.'

That's just crazy. Persians have hated Arabs, Shiites have hated Sunnis, and they have all fought each other, for 1500 years. Israel has been around for only 65 years. How can anyone think that resolving the latter problem would put an end to the former problems? I wish our leaders would ask this question, and demand of Arab leaders a clear explanation, of why they can't educate their children, feed their poor, expand their economies, and perform the other duties of governments, just because of a territorial dispute in a country with which most of them share no border.

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