All we have are shades of grey. I admit that some are greyer than others but there is nothing black and white for sure!
When we look at the different players, some might be leaning more toward the lighter shades and some more towards the "dark side" [sic] but they are all the same as we ourselves are.
By that I mean that each and every one of us can recall all the good guys and the bad guys that we've been, all the hero's and the villains, and the people in between.
So let no one claim the moral high ground bunky, because that would be casting the first stone!
With that in mind lets notice a few exceptions or anomalies, if you will!
Yasssar Arafat was leader of the PLO and seen by many as a hero of the Palestinian cause but it is generally accepted that Camp David would have succeeded if not for Yassar's intransigence. (Yassar always said No-ssar!) And while we are on the subject, where in the hell did he get almost a Billion dollars which he squirreled away in banks around Europe!
Yassar........ the guy was filthy rich while most Palestinians lived in poverty!
'Splain that one to me!
Now, let's get around to the big picture in the Middle-East and tackled a subject that is much more important than the Palestinian one!
A top Israeli official said today that if Iran continues with its alleged nuclear arms programme, Israel will attack it.
Speaking to Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said sanctions on Iran were ineffective.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Iran's nuclear programme must be stopped by what he termed all possible means.
"The international community has a duty and responsibility to clarify to Iran, through drastic measures, that the repercussions of their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will be devastating," Mr Olmert said.Iran insists that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes but it is defying a demand from the UN Security Council to stop the enrichment of uranium.
"If Iran continues with its programme for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective," Mr Mofaz told Yediot Ahronot.To this argument there are loud cries that Israel has up to 150 nuclear weapons so why are they so paranoid about Iran?
"Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear plans, will be unavoidable," he said.
It's quite simple my friend. Although not running around with the white hat and riding a white horse, Israel is at least rational and responsible, while Iran and many other countries in the Middle-East are unstable, subject to religious uprisings and generally are considered lose cannons by World wide diplomatic circles!
In other words Israel isn't likely to use it's nuclear weapons, and especially not for a first strike.
With the Iranians it's a different matter entirely!
We don't know, and certainly can't take that chance!
Your "tell it like it is" scribe;
Allan W Janssen
Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available at the web site www.God-101.com
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