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For Palestinians, Don't Blame Culture

oujon Wrote: Aug 02, 2012 3:16 AM
If it isn't because of differing cultures and only because of Israel's closure policies, how do you explain why Jordan and Egypt are also significantly poorer than Israel? Or any Middle Eastern country without oil/gas for that matter? It most certainly has to come down to the culture.
Bondman60 Wrote: Aug 03, 2012 12:59 PM
Yup, and let's not forget who started getting the Arab oil out of the ground in the first place: Americans! Saudi Arabia would still be a backwater if Western oil companies hadn't begun drilling and pumping the oil. Saudi Arabia nationalized all of the oil properties in 1952. Sadly, Ike didn't think that was an act of war, but it was.

If you see an economy burdened with the heavy hand of bureaucrats, suffocating controls and arbitrary delays, you can assume it will grow slowly or not at all. You can also expect that Republicans, with ample justification, will blame the government for stifling productive activity.

But Mitt Romney can surprise you. Speaking in Jerusalem, he noted how much richer Israel is than "the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority," and he fingered a different cause. "Culture makes all the difference," he said.

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