Do we really believe there will ever be PEACE in the Middle East and that it will help us? There has been turmoil there since Jesus’s time, and if we think, America that is, that somehow, we will help bring peace in our time we are sadly mistaken. For all our good intentions?, our Machiavellian interference, and our oil interests, you’d think we’d back away and let them handle their own problems. Adding our two cents does not help anything, it only muddies the waters. Without our political interference, our spreading of democracy which is just one short step away from the days of spreading Christianity across the land that maybe the people of the Middle East should fight their own battles, win and lose them and let the chips fall where they may without us standing in.
After we’ve gone in to their lands and taken a stand, as we have in Afghanistan, and so many other places, are these people really any better off after we leave, if we can ever leave? These are some of the questions we really need to ask ourselves, before we jump into anymore battles, send our troops into anymore far away lands to fight the good fight for Democracy for other lands. What is the bottom line? Are we going to help them…to get those people free…do they want us there, can they keep up that status quo when we leave, for leave we have to, we can’t stay forever, like we seem to be doing now in these lands in the Middle East/Afghanistan. Did we go for altruistic reasons? If we went to help America, there is nothing wrong with it, just admit it, list all the reasons for sending our young people off to war, and remember the bottom line, the dollar, and how much it’s going to cost for the never-ending battle…in dollars and lives. Add that up and see if that really justifies the course of action in the first place…maybe we should let other people fight their own battles for once and stand down.
If we say the reason we are always watching that region, that it is a powder keg, that the Palestinians hate the Israeli Jews, this we know, that will never change. So who ever makes friends with one or the other gains strength and we then have to watch how the power shifts, because that can cause chaos as the power shift can go either way and one of the ways will enable someone with nuclear power to blow up the world. Ya’ know what? Have at it. If we have to live under siege of nuclear annihilation, so be it. I’d rather that than trying to control the Middle East, fighting their battles, spreading our Democracy that is not even working for us! How dare we! Every other day in the news some other people over there are having a disagreement, an uprising or a power shift. Well, guess what? As Egypt and Libya are having demonstrations in the street, so is America. We are broke, people here are out of work, are fighting with our government, perhaps we should put out our own fires before we try to save the world.
If we are more honest, we also want/and are willing to be the toady to the Middle East because of the OIL! We have taken so much guff from whomever pulls the power strings every so often, and go along with it because we won’t become self-sufficient in that arena. It’s now Libya’s turn to make us dance and again we may see the $4.00- $5.00 at the gas pump. When will we learn? Now I’m not a Greenie, I’m not against other means of power but until then why can’t we drill our own country and then tell them all to go scratch, when they start their games of raising the price of oil per barrel so we won’t have to pay at the pumps and be held hostage, and we won’t have to go charging in and save the day every time there is a disagreement among these non-peace loving people…
I do have a suggestion. A kind contributor (my husband) has come up with a great idea. Why not move the UN to the Gaza Strip? We as the Host Country, have seen fit to host this wonderfully unnecessary peace keeping force for the past 50+ years in the most high rent district of the most expensive City in the World. These people do nothing but talk peace in the most peaceful country there is. Perhaps if we moved said Institution to a more needful venue they could do so much more than talk. In the Gaza Strip, where the delegates won’t have diplomatic immunity, chauffeured limousines, and access to the finest dining establishments they might default to establishing a sense of urgency in resolving serious peacekeeping issues in this area of the globe…what do you think?
Written by Evelyn Garone 2/2011