I am not for war, but is it sometimes necessary? Ask Americans why we are at war and you will get different answers.
We provide healthcare for other countries when thousands of Americans can't afford insurance. We put our troops in danger for another country's "freedom". We have alliances that make enemies of other countries. We supply and support Israel. All for what? How exactly does this benefit America?
Should we continue doing what we have been doing or should we just stay over here and mind our own business? I am eager to see how other atheists view this.
...half each which the Palestinians eventually agreed to but the Israelis did not.
It's a complex issue but for the most part it was actually the other way around. However one can't really blame the Arabs for frowning upon the deal. They had virtually no hand in pogroms and the extermination of Jews, and their only reward is they're told to give half their land to immigrants from Europe and Russia. Who would cheerfully accept this?
It's not a complex issue at all... not to mention that it's the holy land of the Abrahamic religions..
Arabs are calling for a Palestinian state..Israelis seeking protection from the US..
The US most protect the security of Israel for the sake of the zombie's return!
Not to mention the need to placate a certain group of very influential voters here in the USA.
It's all about religion again. Numerous studies show that the Palestinians are actually closely related genetically to the Jews. IOW, the Palestinians are the descendants of the Jews who stayed in Judea/Palestine, converted to Islam and intermarried with the Arabs. Likewise, the "Jews" almost all reflect a considerable genetic "heritage" from their own intermingling with the indigenous populations of the countries in which they lived for centuries. IOW, again, the difference between the two groups is who stayed and who left--and religion. Religion is what separates them now and what gives them competing claims to the same land.
It reminds me I once heard an American political commentator describing the Iran-Iraq war as "Arabs fighting each other", an Israeli say something like "Iran is the most threatening of the Arab countries", and the list goes on. Of course, Iranians belong to the Indo-Iranian group - i.e., the 'Aryans' of old. Linguistically at least, it'd make more sense to liken Iranians to Nazis than to Arabs.
And of course, the Western religion is actually a Middle-Eastern one. This part of the world is an endless semantic well of contradictions and misconceptions.
Illegitimate vs. illegal is why the U.N. envoy from the U.S. voted down the settlement resolution.
OMG, how sick, this once-perfect English!
(Yes, I can finally tell when you're just kidding, thanks to Good English.)
But in case of emergency, please insert non-ambiguous, non-sickly neo-smilies.