If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.
If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.
I thought about that for a bit and realized that might be the core of what I really believe about the conflict. I mean, there are plenty of reasons why I'm nominally pro-israel, but what it generally comes down to is the belief that it's the other side which will push this little war until they are forced or choose to stop. It also dosen't help things any when the very groups attacking israel also ramble off about how they'd love to blow up a couple thousand americans if they could only find the time to get away from their jew killing.
The one thing I've never been able to fully sort out in my mind is whether the whole arab-israeli conflict is a good thing or not. If Israel didn't exist, could we really expect that all of the people down there would simply toss away their guns and live in peace and harmony? Or is it more likely that without an Israel to focus on, they'd try even harder to come for our throats over here? Israel and Iraq have both become stalking horses for this clash of civilizations. It might not be nice to think about, but both of them make all of us here a wee bit safer because they suck all the terrorist oxygen out of the air. If you have busloads of Jihadi heading down to iraq to set off IEDs, they're not as likely to be spinning long and patient plans to send suicide bombers to the Mall of America.