England Britain and American had no right to create a nation in that way.
Does Iran, therefore, have a right to destroy it? It's a fruitless argument that goes nowhere. Do Hamas and Hezbollah have a right to bomb innocent Israelis? Of course not. Kuwait was founded by drawing lines on a map. A stupid idea - but we still stopped Hussein when he tried to annex it.It's fine not to like Israel (I don't) and regret its creation (I do). But don't tell me that the answer is to let a war brew and pray for the toppling of an over-empowered Israel. People die. It's not a cause for flippancy, and the UN (driven by the US) needs to exercise its influence and bring Israel and Palestine to a settlement through more than optimistic "peace talks". I'd rather the UN took over the Israeli army on its borders, or replace them with its own peacekeepers. Until Israel grows up, it can't be trusted; but I'm not giving way to terrorist organisations either. Israel should also be forced to transport some its resources to Palestine due to its limited land, or whatever the case may be.Just a few thoughts. I'm no expert in the history of the Middle-East. However, we have to be pragmatic and move on from pseudo-nostalgia for the days before Israel. The conflict's gone on for long enough.
AuroraOrodel wrote:This is precisely what I was talking about. America has been a melting pot society from day one, and even we have periods of ethnic and religious discrimination and violence. Assimilating a culture destroys it. My family lost its culture in the 1950s, because my great-grandfather was Eastern European, and there was a very strong stigma against anyone who appeared to be German. If you didn't act 100% WASP "American", you were dangerous, and obviously a dirty commie. A "melting pot" is destructive. It removes one identity in favor of another: the one approved by the majority. What America should be and isn't yet is a salad bowl.
Americans, by and large, take cultural and religious identity for granted because most Americans don't have either.
Bedouins are a nomadic culture. Israel is trying to make them stationary for property tax purposes. To me, that's the deliberate destruction of a way of life that is thousands of years old. There's no cultural understanding or respect involved.
Griffinkeeper wrote:New immigrants to the US still have their religious and ethnic identities intact. All that changes is that a new identity is created: that of being an American Citizen. This new identity teaches the new arrivals of everything they need to become a part of American Culture.
Matthew wrote:I do know, from what I've heard about, Iran and Israel have always disliked each other.
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