Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Grad, Mar 29, 2007.
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Not to mention the west losing faith in the Saudi's
Fair comment, but the Saudi govt has problems of its own right now. Even authoritarian absolute monarchies have domestic constituencies.
I'm not convinced that Israel should have to give all that land back. They were attacked from all sides by four countries at once with the aim of total invasion and the destruction of the state of Israel. The arabs would not have shown mercy or magnanimity towards the jews if they had won. These are hardly disputable facts.
To my way of thinking, Israel had to fight for its very existence against overwhelming odds after a massive surprise attack and beat the enemy. The fact that they trounced their enemies and kept a bunch of extra land that they'd won seems only fair in a spoils of war sort of way.
If the arabs had won and invaded Israel, they'd NEVER give it back and they wouldn't care less about the jewish refugees.
Whilst we're on the subject, what are these middle eastern countries doing about a homeland for the Kurds? Precisely nothing apart from oppressing them.
If the jewish people could have re-entered arab countries without fear of persecution, they might not have required a homeland. It is too easily forgotten by arabs that the Middle East IS where the jewish people come from and that they have been refugees in Europe for nigh on two thousand years after the Roman occupation.
The arabs need to get past the stupid rhetoric and the blindness to history. They also need to remember that they were the aggressors in 1967 and they got soundly beaten - it serves them right if they lose some land as a result.
That is the nub of the problem for KSA at present.
Apart from domestic consumption, this particular statement is probably also a little bit of window-dressing and muscle-flexing to try and impress the other Arab League members, in case they're too inclined to think of the Saudis as Bush's poodles.
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