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  •  Okay, but .. (1+ / 0-)
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    let's not get diverted down that road.

    At the moment, in THIS crisis, Islamic extremism is in play. Further, Islamic extremists will get a lot of recruits from the Israel assaults and killings of Lebanese and Palestinians.  

    (And, for the record, I think that the nuclear threat remains the world's biggest problem, bigger than violent extremist groups, particularly if our policies don't encourage the growth of such groups.)

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Sat Jul 15, 2006 at 09:56:13 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed. (0+ / 0-)

      That is true. The flash point issue is in the Islamic world right now.

    •  and (0+ / 0-)

      Israeli state sponsored terrorism of collective punishment isn't in play?

    •  Hedges' whole point is that you can't (0+ / 0-)

      just blame Islamic extremism;

      We cannot ascribe equal amounts of moral blame to all sides. Israel is the oppressor in Gaza, the West Bank and now Lebanon. America is the oppressor in Iraq. And there can be no hope for a peaceful resolution to these conflicts until Iraqis are freed from American occupation and Palestinians are allowed to build a viable state....

      It was the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon that spawned and empowered Hezbollah. It was the decades-long occupation and humiliation of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank by Israel that spawned and empowered Hamas, and it is the brutal American occupation that has bred the legions of extremists in Iraq. And when Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promises “open war” against Israel, as he did in an address shortly after his Beirut offices were bombed, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he won’t cease his attack until Israel is secure, it is time to run for cover.

      (From Chris Hedges: Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East.)

      The extremism is found on both sides of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and now, the United States-Iraqi conflict

    •  Does anyone ever give any thought (0+ / 0-)

      to why they are extreme? That gets to the root of the problem. Until that is dealt with they will always be with us.

      Oh, I remember. "They hate our freedoms."

      Or perhaps it's because they don't wear uniforms or fly F-16s.

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