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  •  Clarification (3.57)
    The argument is NOT that the Palestinian conflict is not real or that the Palestinian cause is not just. The argument is that the corrupt governments of middle eastern countries use the conflict to their own advantage to deflect their people's anger away from abuses by their own governments and towards Israel. This is a well-documented phenomenon and has zero to do with who is right in the Palestine-Israel conflict.
    •  yes, (none)
      I think that is a much more defensible argument. I did not see that argument anywhere in the original post.
      •  Wow (4.00)
        I go away for a little while, and I get my first troll rating.  It's also the first time I was mistaken for a Freeper.

        Sorry I was glib.  Obviously one has to watch that when discussing such a sensitive subject, where reasonable people differ.  I think the word "exploit" was missing from the original post - as in, Arab government's exploit Palestinian suffering to distract their own people from their own failings.  In the context of the original post, I had assumed this was understood.  Cat1133 has my back.  Cat read my post as intended, and I agree with everything he/she said.

        Anyone reading this who isn't up to speed on the phenomenon should check out Tom Friedman's one good (really, excellent) book, "From Beruit to Jerusalem."

        •  whew! (none)
          Yes, the word 'exploit' probably would have helped a bit. Thanks for the clarification, I'm glad you did in fact intend what Cat kindly assumed you did. :)

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