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Your xenophobia is showing Obs.

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Was that question directed at me Lt Kije?

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It is good really that public opinion prevailed in the Syria crisis because the west would now be firmly supporting Al Qaeda forces mingled in with "freedom fighters" .....Al Qaeda forces are now apparently turning against any rebel militia units that oppose them & are flying Al Qaeda flags openly,  wiping out Christians as well as  championing demands for the introduction of sharia law in a "free Syria".

 

Experts estimate that as many as 7/10,000  Al Qaeda troops are operating in Syria & many more thousands in Somalia.

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How is it "xenophobic" to suggest equal treatment of all Countries in the M/East ASP?  What's good for Israel should apply to the rest - so either they all have a bomb or none of them have a bomb - you decide which is safer ?!

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It's xenophobic to want two foreign countries to wipe each other out with nuclear weapons. Personally I wish nobody had them, and I certainly don't want to see proliferation. Do you?

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No I don't Asp, but I don't think Israel has the right to say to Iran that you can't have them, when they already do.

 

But like you I which non of them had it.

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Israel has the right to say whatever it wants within reason, unless there is some embargo against Israel saying what it thinks? Now here's an "off the wall" thought, would Israel want to waste time and money developing nuclear weapons if it didn't feel threatened by the majority of its neighbours?

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Of course any sane person would want to see a reduction in the number of countries having these weapons; but non-proliferation needs to apply to all, including Israel.

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Well sanity doesn't appear to be a character trait commonly found amongst Israel's enemies.

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Perhaps a good reason to ensure they never tool up with nukes, but equally, the reason Israel should lead by example; after all, they still have the US umbrella to shelter under.

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Not with Barry O'Bama in charge they don't. He's sucking up to the ayatollas as we speak.

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I think you should be more worried about the Islamist threat to world peace than the Israelis Obs. I think you have your anti semitism glasses on backwards!

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Fortunately, I don't differentiate between the two; both are led by religious fanaticism; the cause, imo of most instability in the World.

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But Israel isn't threatening to spread her version of fanatacism across the whole world.

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I thought Yorkshire was God's own country :lol:

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Did anyone see the BBC programme about the Ottoman empire ? It was on last Sunday & i think there are 2 more episodes , but i only managed to watch it last night .

 

Apparently it disintegrated about 1916 after getting on for 700 years & leaving the modern  Arab countries that we now see bordering the Med. The programme said a lot of the modern day problems in the middle east stem from the religious  actions of the Ottomans turning Sunni against Shia muslims & vice versa.

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Religious Sectarianism has been the source of most conflicts throughout history and continues to ignite conflicts around the world to this day.

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The Napoleonic wars? WW1? WW2? Korean war? Vietnam? Crimean? Spanish Civil? American War of Independence? You really need to put your thinking cap on before making sweeping statements like that Obs.

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"Conflicts" Asp: Ulster, Syria, India/Pakistan, Burma, Yugoslavia, Iraq, just to mention a few recent ones. The list would be too long, if we go further back in history.

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Religious Sectarianism has been the source of most conflicts throughout history and continues to ignite conflicts around the world to this day.

 

Throughout history Religion has been a source of War and persecution

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A source granted, but not the main source - I think political idealism wins this hands down in terms of millions of innocent lives lost. Soviet Russia, Communist China, Pol Pot, Vietnam nothing to do with religion. Conflicts in Africa - mainly tribal.

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