Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mid East Prediction

The troops come home. Well... not really. They do leave Iraq and move east to Iran.

Israel and Hezbollah have been at it for days now, intensely. Hezbollah captured 2 Israeli soldiers, and Israel responded with airstrikes and ground troops. The underlying statements of Syria and Iran's involvement, sounds like current US foreign policy.

I'm not saying that what Hezbollah did is right, but is it really different then what the US is doing with enemy combatants and Guantanamo Bay? There is no official war, although this region has quarreled since the crusades. The capture of 2 Israeli soldiers has caused the destabilization of the entire middle east once again.

What has allowed the possible involvement of the Syrians and Iranians is the US led Iraq occupation. Saddam Hussein was a crazy man and cruel dictator, but he was the only man that could hold three warring factions inside Iraq together. With a civil war in Iraq and no strong Iraqi led government, the Iranians and Syrians are free to do as they please in the region. All the people of Beirut aren't responsible for what has happened, but they are the real victims here. These are the things that our incompetent administration failed to plan for, or realize would happen with the invasion of Iraq. Even Russia's Vladimir Putin joked today at the G8 conference that they want a Democracy in Russia, but not the kind of Democracy that they have in Iraq. George Bush has failed the middle east peace process and in turn failed the world. It is almost embarrassing to have him as our President. Well not almost, it is. I love this country we live in, and I shouldn't have to be ashamed to say I'm American, but he has made us that way with the rest of the world. Except for Britain of course.

So again, my prediction is that we will get involved once the Israelis and the US government can bring Syria and Iran into the frey. The troops will leave Iraq and enter Iran.

We'll see if I am right. I hope for our troops sake, that they just come home.

This is of course solely my opinion and you have the right to disagree. A little dissent never hurt anyone in a free society. Ya know, the 1st Amendment and all. I know that my thoughts on this may not walk the line or may be seen as anti-Israeli, but I assure you they are not.

Both sides are wrong and I wish that war wasn't always the answer. People always die, but it's never the people that are responsible for the wars in the first place. What ever happened to the days when Alexander the Great and Caesar led their troops if they wanted to go to war? Now leaders hide like cowards in bunkers and watch others die for their egos and opinions. How sad.
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