i can’t say my country is the bad guy eitther. its perfectly natural to feel that “you are the good guy” its the only way people sleep at night.
the difference is not wether you think you are good or not, its the next step in understanding the other side is in the same situation as you are.
as soon as the muslim world and the christian world can think about it and sit down and think, Hmmmmm maybe nobody is really wanting to die here, and maybe we are both the good guys. then things can start happening.
there is a difference between thinking “i am good” and thinking "they are evil.
and there is another more scary thing which is the thought of, “i am good, therefore they must be evil”
And Alltaken I don’t know what country/race/religion you are from, but don’t you know that? Are you really neutral in the middle-east conflict?
I cannot imagine that, but i think that is in my personnality.
I am a New Zealander of “european” decent. so i’m a “white guy” LOL
Isrealis vs Palistinians -
yes i am neutral on it. i seriously think both sides should STFU and work with it. however with this said i do feel more sorry for the palistinians than the isrealis due to the fact that one is rich the other is poor. but that does not mean i would suport them winning or suport any terrorist schemes they have, ebcause as soon as they start winning then its the isrealis that i would feel sorry for.
the only sollution that is acceptable, is the creation of a palistinian state, and the standing down of arms on both sides. i see no other alternative for peace.
America vs Iraq-
i am absolutly apposed to the US being in Iraq or even playing a role in its reconstruction. this is because A) i am left wing and george bush’s war is right wing, B) what right did the US have in choosing/dictating another nations own battle (i mean the US had its own opertunity at freedom from england, and had a civil war, why do other countrys not get this right)
America vs afganistan/bin laden/taliban-
well considering before 9/11 happened i was writing an essay on how evil the taliban were, i was not so much bothered about this, although i think the use of US force was excessive in the fact that they killed numerous civilians, including many cases of killing entire familys of women and children. also i was not happy about the US training up more warlords to help them (do they not realise thats how they got bin laden in the first place)
i think afganistan had some weight behind it (e.g. good reason to go to war)
America vs Saddam
well i think saddam was a nasty guy, i think he should have gone, but do you really need to attack an entire country to do it, and was it the US’s duty to do this. (the EU, and UN were not in suport)
don’t get me wrong i am not anti american, i am however seriously anti Bush, he is the opposite of everything that i believe in, he would say one thing and i would say the exact counter. this is my tension.
i didn’t like bill much either, but in hindsight he was a lot better than bush IMO.
as for me being truly neutral in the middle east, well who can be truly neutral in anything, my view is nothing better than anyone elses.
my view is based on my left wing values, and my position in the world as well as the information i recieve on BBC world news, i am at just as much mercy of being brainwashed as anyone.
i personally don’t agree in conflict at all, so any war in the Middle east will not get my suport, but then again i often feel sympathy for the underdogs in many situations, without suporting their cause BTW. if palistinians want to destroy isreal then i absolutly disagree, if they want their own state then thats fine, if isreals want to destroy palistinians then i disagree, if they want to live happily with palistinians then they are going about it the wrong way.