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The De-Stabilization of the Middle East

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Last Edited: December 10, 2006, 3:37 am

[These are my words and opinions. I am solely responsible for the content. There are no footnotes or references.]



Iran's goal is to step into the vacuum of Iraq right now and become the super power of the Middle East with Syria as their lackey. We can bad-mouth Saddam until we are blue in the face, but there was a couple of functions he served. One, to keep his ethnically divided country under countrol and two, to balance the power between Iraq and Iran. Saddam is out of the picture, Iraq is in civil war/anarchy and Iran is stronger and more of a threat than ever.

With the factional religious support Iran has in Iraq, it would not be out of the question for Iran to overtake Iraq (similar to the Syria-Lebanon relationship) and, with its enhanced and unchecked nuclear ambitions, become the sole super power of the region to dictate policy to the OPEC nations (oil) and ultimately to accomplish their self-proclaimed goal of wiping Israel off the map. Iran's president does not think the Holocaust ever happened. What does that say about this man? It says that he wants to do what Hitler failed to accomplish. The only difference between the two men's ambitions is an Aryan world or an Islamic world.   

In the West we are being driven by a similarly small faction of radicals, the Neo-Cons, who are equally as aggressive in forcing their ethnic/religious/political beliefs upon the rest of the world.

The result of this conflict for domination will be a devastating world war because in the end they won't be using guns and tanks...they will be using nuclear weapons. Allies will take sides and become targets of this threat as well. Russia and China are refusing to reign in the rogue Iranians or North Koreans. Whose side will they be on? This is a recipe for disaster. The accusation of "Axis of Evil" is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy and it shouldn't have been said in the first place because it did nothing but catalyze and exacerbate the situation.

We made a big mistake taking Saddam out. It looked good in the short term because he was a ruthless dictator. Obviously he is what that country needed to co-exist amongst themselves. In the long term we have de-stabilized the whole region and possibly the whole world as a result of it.

It is amazing to see the effect that small groups of radicals have on the rest of the world. We're letting a miniscule amount of the world population dictate our daily life and ultimately, our survival.

Entry #84

Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - December 10, 2006, 4:00 am
At 3:30 in the morning you are able to express ideas more eloquently than most people can in the middle of the afternoon. Well written, Rick.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - December 10, 2006, 4:22 am
Thanks, Nancy. Most of it was written this afternoon though.... lol
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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - December 10, 2006, 7:30 am
i agree with you rick.sometimes its best to go with the lesser of two evils.it would've been best to let the man be.i know i'd be really worried right now if i was bush.
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konaneComment by konane - December 10, 2006, 12:37 pm
I read metaphysically that our real purpose for going into the Middle East is to begin the process of stopping tribal warfare that has gone on for centuries ... sometimes when beginning to stop a fight the fight becomes worse before winding down. It seems that had things remained at a status quo they would have continued to steep just below world awareness with noting being done except to blame Israel for defending itself against genocide.

Problems of radical Islam are going to have to be solved from both the outside and inside with people like Dr. Wafa Sultan, Bridgett Gabriel and other courageous women speaking up. Also when freedom and democracy take hold, commerce flourishes then those in poverty who most often (although not always) become suicide bombers or terrorists can begin seeing the system works for them too .... and most of all the crazy clerics were wrong.

I believe people's greatest fear of the Middle East is prophecy of Armageddon. Again deferring to metaphysical reading, it says Armageddon as predicted will not happen ... that the events of 9-11 took us off tracks we were on, put us on an entirely different one. It also stated that not much progress would be made until around '08 so it's wait a couple of years for events not yet seen to come together.

A soft revolution is also predicted for Iran and China. It's already happening in China with thousands upon thousands renouncing the Communist Party. With Iran you never know what the next election will bring.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - December 10, 2006, 12:56 pm
Mike,

President Bush has nothing to worry about. He leaves office in two years with a pension and a lifetime security detail to protect him while he clears brush on his 1600 acre ranch. He opened up a can of worms and has left us with a big can of whup-ass. They won't waste a nuke on "Crawdad", Texas and I'm sure he has a well-stocked bunker to keep him safe. The rest of us don't have that luxury.

Speaking of worms, the 109th congress failed to submit a 2007 budget before they adjourned. They worked till 3:00 am Saturday morning to pass tax and trade laws that President Bush hurriedly signed into law early Saturday morning but for some odd reason they left the budget for the 110th congress to figure out and meanwhile all government agencies are on automatic funding until February 15th. The so-called leaders of this do-nothing congress should be denied their paychecks and any ensuing benefits for this year. As a whole, they were a disgrace and a slap in the face to the American taxpayers who paid their salaries.

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