Middle East Mess

Henry Thompson


The US military is involved in Mideast police work due largely to failed policy. It is well past time to rethink the US national interest in the Mideast. The US Congress gives military aid to Israel in exchange for lobby spending. Israel spends about 10% of its national income on its military and can pay its own military bill. Most of the people now in Israel/Palestine migrated there following World War II. Jet travel has generated high tourism revenue.

The present borders were drawn by the winners of two world wars fought primarily over oil during the past century. The borders were designed to split ethnic groups into different nations. The mideast locals should be allowed to work out their own borders. For an example of how the locals can redesign foreign drawn borders, take a look maps of central and eastern Europe now versus the 1950s.