Remedy for ME Conflict? by James Jaeger
I think the United States and Israel have passed the point where it makes any sense to seek peace in the Middle East because I don't think peace will be possible for some 7 million Jews sandwiched between some 1.1 billion Arab/Muslims. If you believe in the principal of democratic rule of the majority, then you have to concede that the vast majority of people in the Middle East are Arab/Muslims and therefor it is they that actually have the senior right to rule and exist in the region as they see fit. I'm sorry to have to say this, but the other way, and the other view, does not seem to be working.
I also don't see how the United States is benefiting by our continual financial support of Israel. Sure we are Israelís friends, but I think, at this point (and especially after 50 years of bloody conflict), it no longer makes sense for the U.S. to be involved. And I don't buy the line that "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East therefore we should continue to sacrifice." The U.S. has sacrificed enough. 50 years is enough. Over $200 billion in aid, directly and indirectly, is enough. Some say we actually give Israel $7 billion a year, not the advertised $3 billion. The difference being made up by "soft" contributions.
The only reason we might need a democratic superpower ally (i.e., Israel), in the Middle East is as a staging platform for our armed forces to secure our oil interests. But the fact of the matter is, the U.S. is derelict in getting us off our dependency of Middle East oil in the first place. Were we not derelict, had we learned our lesson when OPEC was formed in the 1970s, we would NOT need ME oil hence we would not need a staging platform, such as Israel.
So, here's how this thing should be remedied IMO:
- The U.S. should inform Israel that it will be terminating all financial aid over the course of three years starting on December 31, 2002.
- The U.S. should inform any Palestinian or Arab nations that it will also be terminating all financial aid to them as well over the course of the same three years, starting on December 31, 2002.
- The U.S. should concomitantly extend an open invitation to any Jewish Israeli citizen to relocate to the United States, and allocate part of the former financial aid as assistance for re-location expenses. This invitation should commence and be open for the same 3-year period the foreign aid is being terminated to all parties.
- The U.S. should use the foreign aid savings to step-up the development of alternative sources of energy, and set a three year goal to be independent of all Arab oil. Accent should be paced on bringing to fruition plasma fusion, but I acknowledge that hydrogen fuel cells might have to serve as an interim power source.
- After the three year period, (i.e. December 31, 2005) the U.S. should pull out all military forces from the holy lands of such places as Mecca and Medina.
- The U.S. should adopt a policy of live and let live with respect to the people of the Middle East and under no circumstances attempt to tamper with, or over throw, any governments there, including Iraq.
- U.S. Citizens should be alert to any international bankers that may attempt to re-ignite conflict in the Middle East in order to profit from all sides of the conflict.
- I am confident that terrorist raids on the U.S. will stop if the above program is executed.
- The Jewish people who wished to stay in Israel could do that (taking their chances in the Arab world), and the ones that wished to relocate to the United States would be welcomed and helped as friends.
- The antagonistic situation in the Middle East would be remedied. The "endless" Arab-Israeli War would end.
- The United States would no longer be dependent on the Middle East for any of its oil or fossil fuels.
- The taxpayers of the U.S. would experience a relief from five decades of expenditure on Middle East conflict, conflict that would otherwise continue were more money poured into more foreign aid. People will tend to fight as long as someone else will pay the bills. This wasteful insanity needs to cease.
Having thought about this problem since about 1970, I can see no other remedies. Of course other (better) remedies may very well be devised, but thinking along the above lines may be at least a viable start, even though such will undoubtedly not be seen as PC by apologists for the status quo.
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