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The Humpty-Dumpty Middle East

Joe 145 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 11:16 AM
The problem is: Islamic nationalism is at war against us. If 9/11 did not make you understand this, then nothing will. Israel has to go simply because it is on Muslim land (Land can never revert back to anything else once it is Muslim controlled) that is so close to Mecca and Medina. Israel will forever be 'occupied' until Islamic law is reinstated over that land. The U.S. enters the picture because we are a much bigger version of Israel. We are not on 'occupied' land, but Islamic foreign policy puts us in the house of war and makes us the logical enemy. Israel may be the first to go, but make no mistake, we are right behind them. What is of particual concern is that it is only a matter of time before WMD enters the picture.
Joe 145 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 11:18 AM
Sorry about the spelling. It has always been a weakness. "What is of particular concern is that it is only a matter of time before WMD enters the picture".
The United States is backing off from the Middle East -- and the Middle East from the United States.

America is in the midst of the greatest domestic gas and oil revolution since the early 20th century. If even guarded predictions about new North American reserves are accurate, over the next decade the entire continent may become energy-independent, without much need of petroleum imports from the Middle East.

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