Maybe it's time to reconsider.I came across this a couple of weeks ago and then lost it in the endless pursuit of yet more links when my browser crashed.
It's an article about the references to the 12th Imam by the Iranian President. Read more here. Looks like out Iranian buddies are walking alone a path that we will have a problem with. Israel has had it, with or without our help. We can't help them without Genocide. They can't help themselves without being accused of aggression.
On the +ve side with Hamas winning the election any more attacks could result in an Israeli invasion of a hostile country with UN support. Everybody wins providing Israel kills lots in the invasion. I'll need to think about that a bit more.
Well. I must confess my original belief on the olden day suicide bombers was that their current life was so hellish that there had to be something better and it was promised in their religion so they went off to improve their lot. Not something I would do but I could understand it. Then along came Sid. One of the July 7th bombers. That didn't fit into my model and although, in a way, I could understand what he had done it changed the way I thought about these people.
Now I have come to the conclusion that we are going about this whole business the wrong way. We need to rethink our strategy, if you can call what we have now a strategy, for dealing with this sort of person.
Why must we try and change everything in the world into something similar to what we have here. Women are treated badly! So what! There are women suicide bombers out there. They don't have democracy! So what! We don't have it either except in name. They want to convert the world to Islam! So what! We want to convert the world to Christianity!
Why don't we do one of two things;
1) Build a virtual wall round these places and just pay them for their oil at agreed checkpoints where only the oil flows through one way and our payments the other.
2) Nuke everything. Go in and take the oil killing everything that moves. Then they can be at peace with Allah.
Any other options?