Why is so much of your energy put into raising issues of women being oppressed when the oppression can be linked to Islam, but so little effort into social justice, including discrimination against women, closer to home?
And why do you feel the need to stifle criticism of your position by giving troll ratings?
One of MyDD's biggest Israel hawks is distraught over the poor treatment of women in an Arab country.
But when Bush 41 and Clinton were yucking it up over a joke based on the stereotype feminists being ugly, Canadian Gal defended Clinton.
Zionists argue that the United States should support Israel because of "shared values".
But Israel doesn't need U.S. support to share our values on gender issues.
Israel--and its supporters, like Canadian Gal--wants U.S. support in denying Palestinians basic human rights.
The anti-Arab propaganda serves the purpose of dehumanizing Arabs. Canadian Gal may not be consciously dehumanizing Arabs, but Zionists and other Right Wingers have engaged in a longstanding campaign to dehumanize Arabs and Muslims to justify the use of violence and oppression against Arabs and Muslims.
Does it make sense that someone who would defend Israel bombing civilians from aircraft would get all distraught about a woman not being able to drive in Saudi Arabia? How does this prioritization make sense?
What are the pros and cons of leaving Afghanistan?
What is the U.S. vision for a completed mission in Afghanistan? With whom does the United States need to make deals to achieve this vision? How likely is it to succeed? What are the pros and cons of this scenario?
What if the United States continues to pursue roughly the same strategy and tactics in Afghanistan? What will be the likely results?
A few weeks ago I attend a presentation by two liberal academics with expertise in Afghanistan. They described a grim situation, but neither wanted the U.S. military to get out without first doing positive stuff. They both agreed that the United States should negotiated with parts of the Taliban (both agreed the United States should not negotiate with al Qaeda, which they felt strongly was distinct).
I think both these academics had their heads in the clouds. To make the mission successful they wanted the U.S. military to do things it's no going to do.
I think the U.S. military should withdraw from Afghanistan and focus on making a just and lasting peace between India, Pakistan and Kashmir.
But if you don't like withdrawing from Afghanistan and you don't like negotiating with parts of the Taliban, the United States is pretty much stuck doing the same as was done under Bush (with some possible tinkering with the troop levels).
What incentive does Israel have to make a just peace?
Israel is fine with the limited number of casualties it takes. These casualties fuel the political movement that wants to take more land. And the casualties simply aren't very numerous. Israelis have more chance of being killed in an automobile mishap than a Palestinian attack.
And the Israeli leadership wants the land. This is true of Labor, Kadima, Likud and of course the Right Wing nutjobs.
The economic incentive to end the conflict doesn't apply to Israel for a couple reasons. The United States subsidizes the Israeli military and the subsidies would drop if Israel made peace.