You’re kidding, right? You’re the very first person I’ve ever seen make a connection between the invasion, oil, and Israel.
As I said earlier, your little Hollywood screenplay doesn’t work as well when it contradicts itself. Even modern audiences accustomed to great leaps have their limits in the suspension of disbelief. You can’t, on the one hand, claim the U.S. invaded Iraq to push its own economic agenda and then, on the other hand, claim American Jews are responsible for the invasion as they want to push an Israeli agenda, one that’s in conflict with U.S. aims. So which is it? Did the U.S. invade for itself or for Israel?
No, I just think yours is an idiotic argument, nothing more than a prettied-up rehash of the standard leftist cliche. You’ve shown the ability to write solid prose, but ironically you can’t fashion an original argument to save your life. Do you think you’re clever for pointing out that since America has Jews in its government, they therefore must be directing Israel’s agenda through American policy? Do you have any proof for this claim beyond the broadest sweeping statements that basically do nothing than smear U.S. public servants for their Jewish ancestry?
You say your claims are not really PC, but they are far more than that: they are anti-Semitic – a recycling of old claims against Jews on the basis of no fucking proof whatsoever. You apparently don’t know how to make an argument. You seem to think that some related themes (Jews and Israel, for example) adhere into something that supports your point without further need of proof.
As for your economic reasoning, it’s just as ridiculous. I dispensed with the general argument about oil and the Iraqi invasion at length in another thread. (Why is it, by the way, that economic illiterates always put such faith in their economic arguments? They seem to think that making such arguments shows them to be sophisticated thinkers, as if they are not the kind of person fooled by basic arguments put forth on behalf of security or democratic ideals, when it’s quite obvious that the almighty dollar is the reason for everything.)
Yes, as you and everyone on the planet knows, Iraq has oil; but Iraq had oil in 1991 when the first Gulf war ended; it had oil in 1998 when Clinton ordered Desert Fox; it’s always had oil. That condition never dictated a U.S. invasion before 9-11, even when the U.S. had an opportunity to do so. Iraq sold oil to the U.S. during the 90s under the U.N. oil for food program. But if it had refused to sell oil to the U.S., and sold only to Europeans, since oil is a fungible good, it wouldn’t have had much effect on oil markets. Even a long-term embargo by Saddam on the sale of Iraqi oil hurts himself more than it would others. How does he build his palaces? How does he acquire weapons? Iraq has a good deal of oil reserves, but as a percentage of the world oil market, its sale of oil doesn’t amount to much more than a couple of percentage points every year.
[quote=“Screaming Jesus”]I’m too lazy to go dig out the link to my patented Middle East Peace Plan, but here it is again:
(1) Let the Jews divide their country any way they please. Ditto for water rights, etc.
(2) Then let the Palestinians pick which half they want.
Now why does such an even-handed proposal (after all, their populations are about the same) sound so obviously like a joke? Because we have come to expect–and accept–that one side will screw the other…?[/quote]
Get your head out of Never Never Land, Peter Pan. Have you ever owned a single piece of property or are you some itinerant banjo player making the tour through Asia’s subways panhandling for a living?
One doesn’t arbitrarily divide in half a huge section of real estate that literally millions of people have some physical connection to like it’s a piece of bread to be divided in half between two squabbling kids.
I’ve never heard something so stupid in my life. If someone had said, “Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why don’t they flip a coin for who gets what!” I wouldn’t have been more shocked at the ignorance of such a proposal.
Here we go with another cliche. Have you had a single original thought go through that mush you call a brain, even if just by accident?