March 11th, 2012
08:25 AM ET

Zakaria: Avoid another war in the Middle East

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

President Obama has been trying to cool down the war fever that suddenly gripped Washington early this month. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit and the flurry of statements surrounding it have created a dangerous dynamic. It is easy to see how things move toward war with Iran. It is difficult to see how they don't.

The pressure is building on Iran, but there are no serious discussions of negotiated solutions. Israel has already discounted the proposed new talks. Republican candidates will denounce any deal, no matter how comprehensive the inspections.

So either Iran suddenly and completely surrenders - or Israel will strike. And Bibi Netanyahu knows that the window presented by the U.S. political season is closing. If he were to strike between now and November, he would be assured of unqualified support from Washington. After November, the American response becomes less predictable no matter who is elected president. The clock is ticking.

Read: Zakaria explains why oil prices keep rising.

Before we set out on a path to another Middle East war, let's remember some facts. First, Iran does not have nuclear weapons and the evidence is ambiguous - genuinely unclear - as to whether it has decided to make them.

But what if Iran did manage to develop a couple of crude nukes several years from now?

Obama says a nuclear Iran would set off an arms race in the Middle East.

But a nuclear North Korea has not led the two countries directly threatened by its weapons - South Korea and Japan - to go nuclear.

Read: Zakaria explains why Iran is a rational actor

Saudi Arabia and Egypt did not go nuclear in response to Israel's buildup of a large arsenal of nuclear weapons. After all, Egypt has gone to war three times with Israel. By contrast, it has not been in a conflict with Iran for centuries. So why would it go nuclear in response to Iran when it didn't in response to Israel?

Obama explained that a nuclear Iran would be a problem like India and Pakistan with their nuclear weapons. But India and Pakistan went to war three times in 30 years before they had nuclear weapons. Since they went nuclear, they have actually been restrained and have not fought a full-scale war in 40 years.

It's actually a case that shows the stabilizing, not destabilizing, effects of nuclear deterrence.

If Israel genuinely believes that deterrence doesn't work in the Middle East, why does it have a large nuclear arsenal if not to deter its enemies?

Iran's weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists, says the President. But would a country that has labored for decades to pursue a nuclear program and suffered huge sanctions and costs to do so then turn around and give away the fruits of its efforts to a gang of militants? This kind of reasoning is part of the view that the Iranians are mad, messianic people bent on committing mass suicide.

Read: Zakaria on Afghanistan

When Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey explained on GPS last month that he viewed Iran as a "rational actor," he drew howls of protest. But Dempsey was making a good point. A rational actor is not a reasonable actor or one who has the same goals or values that you or I do. A rational actor, in economics or international relations, is someone who is concerned about his survival.

The one thing we know about Iran's leaders is that they are concerned about their survival. The question right now is not whether Iran can be rational - but whether the U.S. and Israel can accurately reason through the costs of a preventive war and its huge consequences.

For my full article on this subject (behind a pay wall), visit TIME.com. For more of my thoughts throughout the week, I invite you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and to visit the Global Public Square every day. Be sure to catch GPS every Sunday at 10a.m. and 1p.m. EST. If you miss it, you can buy the show on iTunes.

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  1. Ali-reza

    Farid you out to be ashamed of yourself for selling your soul for money. You are a Muslim and human. Read and research before you talk. Spend time in Iran and istrael so you see the dynamics? How can you be an expert and make comments about so many countries with such certainty. Not to blame you fully, you are employed by CNN which is owned ultimately by an oil company...shame what world has come to. To the rest of democrats...please open your eyes...travel...read till you understand that all nations don't share the same culture. We are just different than you.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  2. Gedaliah

    Zakaria Created the most idiot spin....That an Iranian Nuclear weapon would be a stabilizing factor in the middle east like India and Pakistan...0ver 40 years without war...

    This guy is completely lost....It is a pity CNN gives him this platform.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  3. Freckles

    We usually view your program. Last week we were listening on satellite radio, and it was impossible to discern what members of your panel were saying, because they were "talking over one another".
    This week was better. Please, emphasize to your guests that if they want to be heard, they need to take "their turn".

    March 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  4. Matt

    I casually observe Fareed's Sunday column and I think this is the thrid week in the a row where theme had something to do with avoiding or delaying war with Iran.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      He's on a mission to preserve the Iranian nuclear program at all costs. I wonder why?

      March 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  5. Inno'

    Forgive me for my naivety, what has the USA or anyone else got to do with Iran's, nuclear program but some misguided politicians in Israel? Certainly not the Jewish people worldwide who have been living in peace, historically with the Persians including Iran.

    Why should Israel take their campaign of war to the US? Surely, they are not hoping to enlist US-jews in their army to fight in Iran?
    If Israel want's to strike Iran, then do so without blabbing. I'll be glad to read about it- the strike on Iran i.e.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Ala

      You are naive.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Inno'

        How about explaining why you consider my comment as naive? Is it because you have nothing better to offer than dribbles?

        March 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Dan

      I'll give it a shot. A nuclear Iran is EVERYONE'S problem. This is not a game. Weapons of this level are not something to be allowed lightly into this world – thus the nuclear proliferation treaties that have slowed if not stopped the march of this dreadful weapon. One more nuclear nation in the volatile Middle East is one too many. Esp. in the hands of a rogue state that is a CLEAR enemy of the U.S. and Israel and who religious, fiery rhetoric revels in the apocalypse and the end of the world for the infidel and Israel. AGAIN, THIS IS EVERYONE'S PROBLEM.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • Inno'

        Here goes another "I'm better than thou" Why on earth should Israel or anyone else consider themselves more capable of retaining a nuclear weapon than Iran?
        How about a complete dis-armarment of the middle-east from nuclear weapons and other forms of WMD, such as the phosphorous being sprayed on innocent Palestinians children?

        March 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • Dan

        Inno, don't start talking about moral equivalence, because you will lose the argument. I' glad you're responding because that means you are engaged. So are we. It's not a better than anyone argument" – it is what is the right thing to do now. All sides have made mistakes. All sides can point to things ans say "see they are the aggressors." I for one, will NEVER forget the images of Palestinians dancing in the streets and giving out candy after 9/11. They lost the moral high ground long ago, so don't point to them as merely innocent victims. Victims yes. Innocent? Never!

        March 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • Najda

        Thanks Dan, well said.

        March 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • .

      Your comment is naive because President Ahmadinijead said he wants to wipe Israel and her allies (US) off the face of the earth.

      And you wanna give the guy a nuke?

      Go occupy a sidewalk.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  6. Dan

    Hey CNN, where is the other point of view on this issue?! How about providing a similar TOP SPOT on your page to an opinion about this issue by someone with a wholly different LAST NAME? The point of view and bias are SO obvious! Give someone else the same space to counter this ridiculous and clearly Arab/Persian sympathizing propaganda.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • litvak

      Truth. And how about the three headlines on cnn on Israeli airstrikes but none about the hundreds of rockets that fell on southern Israel over the weekend terrorising and wounding the innocent.

      March 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • err

        Funny because some people say CNN is all propaganda. Just because Zakaria has a Muslim name, he is going to be considered bias...Great! I used to think the whole news coverage of CNN is bias...still kinda do. But I still watch the show because finally there is some guy who is looking at ANOTHER point of view.
        Also Litvak, shall we talk about the thousands suffering in the State of Palestine right now? Where are the headlines about those people? Where are headlines about the Palestinians fearing to roam the streets near the borders of Israel and Palestine? Where are the headlines about the Israeli expansion on Palestinian soil? Where are the headlines about water shortages in Palestine? Where are the headlines about the arrested Palestinian activists or I can even call them "anarchists" who tried to protect themselves from the army? As I said before, I believe in the existence of Israel, but bias and senseless statements make me laugh.

        March 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  7. mrdore

    The time to strike monkey boy dinijad is now.. what's in it for the USA to wait? For Israel? To allow them time to build more rockets, more bombs and complete the work on a nuke? The legacy of Pakistan's AQ Kahn live strong in Iran, with his help they have the basics.. now it's just a question of time- actually.. rethink that.. it may already be too late. If the USA and Israel do not make their move now.. there may not be a chance in the future.. Zakaria is simply not objective.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Inno'

      mrdore says:
      "inno.. ur an idiot.. Israel has offered many time and would love to simply do the job themselves. They have not been allowed to because it would disrupt an alliance of arab nations. Go crawl back under your hole!"

      No need for name calling. Well if "they" have not been allowed to strike Iran and they can't do anything about it, then Israel should shut their mouth and stop talking tough when they do not have the stomach to fight.

      War is not about selling jewellery or running pawn-shops, ponzi-schemes, you know. Lives of people are at stake- American and British lives are at stake where the drum of war is beating hardest.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  8. Michael

    I have no doubt that "American Pravda" can convince the electorate of the WMD threat in Iran –
    they did it in Iraq – killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Costing perhaps 2-3 Trillion.
    We re-elected Bush/Cheney. They passed out tax cuts to keep you in line while Bush/Cheney were
    adding trillions to the National Debt. All the while the US government had resources of over a billion/week
    (now 2 billion/week) for hard and soft intelligence to determine credible WMD threats to the US.
    We ought to use some of this hard-borrowed and hard-earned money to fix a broken intelligence instrument.
    On the other hand, it may just have been politicians (called Democrats and Republicans) counting on your ignorance.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      What a fallacious load of crap your argument is! Using Strawman Attacks, Apples and Oranges false comparisons, Ad Hominem and Obfuscation. You throw out the entire lib-gambit playbook in a desperate attempt to be credible, and yet your lies and baloney betray you from the outset! Iraq is not Iran. Bush was 4 years ago, get over it! False WMDs are not the Iranian Nuclear Program. Pravda goes both ways (thankfully) in the U.S. free press. (Zakaria's Arab bias being a prime example!) Despite your elitist disdain and closed circle of false intellectual "yes friends" arrogance, the American people are not stupid. We are clearly engaged and informed in protecting our future and our families. And we are engaged and informed about this issue in particular. Nuclear proliferation is not a game. Esp. into a rogue state who is a clear enemy of the U.S. Grow a pair, get a real argument, start facing people who actually challenge your inane statements, and start living up to the strength and duty the founding fathers fought so hard and risked to much to bestow upon you!

      March 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • wolfman

        Dan, great post , you used every reactionary cliche in the book. One would have to work hard and long to surpass your blind anger.

        March 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  9. al

    1st just want say fareed u no good traitor ur people come home face ur treasonas acts so watch u get hanged or go get asylum in isreal so u die with all 4sreal when we nuke them tur66ming oven up 2 high hezbollah plus iran equals what weak syph3elis hitler coundnt do wipe out all isreal boo yah

    March 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  10. .

    In his native country, the Islamo crazies would saw Fareed's head off, throw his body in a ditch, and post the video on Islamo Tube.

    Zakaria is a pseudo-intellectual.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Please inform me who you think is a "real" intellectual. It should be interesting.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  11. Bob

    Excellent article. Unfourtunatly No one ne is interested in tha facts and truth. The military industrial complex has to have new markets now that the Iraq war is over and Afghanistal war is coming to end shortly.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  12. Adam

    "Iran's weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists, says the President. But would a country that has labored for decades to pursue a nuclear program and suffered huge sanctions and costs to do so then turn around and give away the fruits of its efforts to a gang of militants? This kind of reasoning is part of the view that the Iranians are mad, messianic people bent on committing mass suicide."

    Really? Considering their leader's wants are to wipe Israel from the map, your statements here don't fit reality. They have labored for what? Simply to have power? No, they have a goal in mind.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  13. LEROY

    SHAME ON THE UNITED STATES, WE'VE BECOME PUPPETS FOR ISREAL...THEY BOMBED IRAQ BECAUSE THEY KNEW WE HAD THEIR BACK. THEY DID SAME TO SYRIA BECASUE WE HAD THEIR BACK.. NO ITS IRAN.. I THINK WE SHOULD LEAVE THEM TO THEIR OWN FATE FOR ONCE, AND LET THEM SEE THE CONSEQUENCES OF WAR.. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL, SO THATS THEY DO NOT LEAD US TO OUR DOWN FALL.. YES WE HAVE THE BEST MILLITARY IN THE WORLD, BUT WHAT IF OTHER COUNTRIES GANG UP AGAINST US??? WE SHOULD BE RATIONAL WHEN DECIDING WAR AND THE ISREALITES SHOULD THINK BEFORE THEY ACT.. IRAN POSSES NO THREAT TO THEM NOW, AND NEVER WOULD THEY, BECAUSE AM SURE THEIR LEADERS ARE RATIONAL, AND THEY KNOW WHAT UNLEASHING A NUCLEAR WAEPON ON ISREAL WOULD BRING.. AFTER ALL, BEFRE THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION, ISREAL SPOKE TO IRAN ABOUT GETTING A NUKE..

    March 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Khaled

      I am going to believe your statements because, obviously, you have superior intelligence. You say anything and I believe it. I do not really see an Islamist trying to instigate dissent, but a genuine American. hehehe...

      March 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  14. reader10

    Fareed must be a Muslim, No Muslim dare to publicy criticize or condemned another Muslim.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      Please translate your comment into English.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • Khaled

        Habibi, his English is pretty good. Are you ok?

        March 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  15. Brian

    I think Obama is showing good heel cooling leadership. An attack on Iran would just cement the current regiemes leadership as they could go on a permanent war footing, the Persian pride thing would dominant, etc etc, and they could do whatever they want then. Its possible the leadership in Iran may just settle for dual purpose development without a rush to the bomb if Obama can keep Israel in check. But an attack would mean a rush to the bomb in yet hidden development centers.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  16. Barry Zack

    My wife are huge fans of GPS, and is now the only Sunday political talk show we still watch. Fareed is one of the few remaining true journalists in the telecast media.
    Our only criticism is his failure to prevent his panelists from talking (shouting) over each other. The Sunday's show was an extreme example. Please impose the rule that one panelist should not interrupt another until a reasonable time has elapsed.
    Thanks, and keep up the good work on this otherwise great show.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Fareed is a biased mouthpiece, advocating a single point of view that is misguided at best, deceitful and manipulative at worst. (I think it is all the above.) He is projecting a false image of the Middle East and a false vision for where that part of the world is heading. He has a right in the free press, but we too have a right to call him on his lies, his misrepresentations, and his naive statements. Watch him at your peril.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • wolfman

        Dan, your comment is almost comprehensible. What does it mean that Fareed has "a single point of view" ?
        How many points of view is he supposed to have, and how many do you have?

        March 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  17. FZ

    Fareed Zakaria GPS March 11th, 2012

    Creating facts to fit the truth

    Democracy? Freedoms? Nation building? What a load of sleep walking doodle. We're all just feeding the machine, plain and simple. And it is one hungry-beyond-description juggernaut. And what do you suppose it's designed to do? Feed itself and spit out profits to its owners and shareholders in a business-friendly environment

    The real fight is over who gets to control the machine. And there's plenty of cash for its designers and caretakers. Meanwhile it just kills to eat, and amuses itself with songs of heroes and fools.

    Preach liberalism Democracy? Freedom? Nation building? and use the idea of to bring about class and sectarian wars.

    Since the Dawn of Civilization Mighty’s Hundred = seven Times twenty, and will stay till the judgment day.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      You are nothing but a biased mouthpiece for those who would destroy America if they could. You have a right to your opinion, but we too have a right to stand up and challenge your inane statements and false points. You sir, are merely playing into the enemy's hands, or supporting them.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Blaine

        Have you served in the military?

        March 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • wolfman

      "Creating facts to fit the Truth". It's comforting to know that you know the real Truth. No on second thought it's not comforting.

      March 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
      • Khaled

        Habibi, my heart breaks that you have found no comfort. Do you want to talk about it?

        March 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  18. John

    Another stupid misrepresentation of reality.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  19. Meki60

    hope they hold back the attack until you arrive in Iran

    March 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  20. charms

    Zakaria is always in defense of Iran. I wonder

    March 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  21. james

    I watched todays programming with Henry Kissinger and the debate with the 4 panelist, 2 middle eastern, 2 israel's and i am curious why is all the talk about not attacking iran and the what ifs if an attack occurred instead of why we should attack there is way to many negative scenarios if the world doesnt stop iran than if the world does stop iran. war is the last means to resolving a conflict but a necessary one when the choice is clear to use military force, and the fact that the middle east lies and hides either they have weapons or not is proof that the region is laced with corruption deception and mistrust and there desire to tangle a web of deception for the United World Countries is clear. The purpose of the United Nation is to prevent this type of situations through sanctions negotiation and military force nither first 2 have worked for 2 decades and the path is clear force must be used to prevent a global nuclear war, and u cannot compare North Korea and Russia China Etc with Iran each country has its own desires within there regions

    March 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Khaled

      The only similarity is the inability to play it straight.

      March 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  22. eddie santos

    for a change someone that tells it like it is.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  23. james

    and Irans desire for a nuclear country is to control the worlds energy supply and expand its regional power on a more global scale.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • CAL USA

      Actually, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is very rational. Think about it, we invaded Iraq because we "didn't want to wait until the smoking gun was in the form of a mushroom cloud" (George W. Bush). We didn't invade North Korea, however, and they have nukes. They've also supported terrorism and aided Pakistan and Libya's efforts to acquire nukes. One might assume from this that the only way to be sure America doesn't come after you is if you have at least one nuke avaialable.

      March 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  24. Adam

    HERE IS THE TRUTH IF YOU WISH TO LISTEN. YOU CAN AGREE OR DISAGREE AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS IS MY OPINION VS YOUR LIFE. Our leaders in the US, UK and Europe, for the protection of Israel choose Kings and Shas and dictators in the Arabic world. It is easier to control people who are eager to bleed Israelis because of the way they have treated Palestinians since 1948. We provide strong security apparatus to protect kings who in turn can silence their people and put in jail whom we want without impunity as it is the case in Jordan, Morroco, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia etc... We create, support and allow few pariahs who were never elected but rather chosen by us to run the undesirable countries we sometimes call Allies. But here is the truth, Bush declared war against all of them and the Arab spring has come to kick the ones we protected (like Moubarak) so where is that part of the world going to? Our Middle-east experts have lost their minds, everything is changing since the Iranian revolution of 1979 we failed to understand and the fall of Moubarak we do not understand and Yemen we do not understand and Syria we do not understand and Lebanon (Condi said New World Order) we do not understand and Iraq we did not understand and Afghanistan we do not understand... They know where are going but we DO NOT KNOW where WE ARE GOING! BECAUSE Israel runs this country and its politicians like slaves. They have to fight each other to please AIPAC before they are considered for office. AIPAC is the true White House and they veto anybody to any federal position who does not have a history of allegiance to Zionism. They are the nerves and arteries that sustain American life. Unless the 99% of Americans wake up to see that the 1 or 2% sucking their American blood and taking them down the drain, this country is doomed to become the sheep yard of the Zionist shepherd. In fact we have been for decades the workers who feed the "Happy Israelis". They even produce in Israel what is our main necessities and they control from Israel via Media and Hollywood our way of life. We may be already doomed.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  25. james

    you cannot compare Iran to Pakist. or India or Afgh each of those countries have some sort of sanity and control of there weapons of mass destruction ie: nuks afgh and paki do have serious worries for the world because of instability within there political system and terrorist having a power within there political system thats a cause for alarm but not to be compared to IRAN at ALL CNN likes to compare RUSSIA PAKI, AFGH, NORTH KOREA with IRAN and YOU CANNNOT!!!! IRAN IS HELL BENT ON CONTROL AND POWER WHERE AS THE OTHER COUNTRIES ARENT AS HELL BENT AS IRAN AND THE OTHER ACTORS DO IT IN ANOTHER WAY WHERE AS IRAN KNOWS POWER COMES FROM NUCLEAR MILITARY STRENGTH WHERE NO SANCTIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS HAVE A BARING ON THEM

    March 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      oh you can trust Pakistan, really?

      March 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • wolfman

      James, please inform us if Israel has nuclear weapons or not, and permits inspection of it's nuclear facilities, if it has them.
      Also why you believe Pakistan is a more rational actor than Iran? What in Pakistan's behavior indicates this?

      March 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • err

      I don't know where your coming from with your facts, but Iran is suffering by sanctions. However, they are trying to survive on what they have (which is barely). When it comes to comparison to Pakistan, Afghanistan (who has no nukes), North Korea and Russia are awfully corrupt and unstable. Also where is the proof that Iran has nuclear WEAPONS?

      March 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  26. San Diego Steve

    To Texana: Israel is not a democracy. It is a "Jewish State", that will make sure that it stays that way. They do it by not allowing Palestinians who were forced out by war to return. They do it by restricting immigration to Jewish people. They do it by not allowing the Palestinians of the west bank who have been under occupation for over 30 years the right to vote.

    To see the TRUTH you must first be willing to confront the facts. ISRAEL IS NOT A DEMOCRACY. It is an Apartheid State that does not deserve the support of the USA.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • litvak

      Uh Israel is the ONLY state in the middle east in which anyone be he jew christian or muslim can live safely, there are muslims in the israeli goverment and in the israeli millitary. It is the ONLY state in the middle east in which women have equal rights. So to attack Israels democratic status is just preposterous. Jews are not allowed into most arab states and a christian would fear his life. Their children are raised and tought to murder all those who do not see things as they do.

      March 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • err

        HAHAH! Nice one Litvak...Muslims in Israeli government and army? I used to think they were suppressed. Maybe I am just wrong...if I was a Muslim serving Israeli army, I would not harm my own people in Palestine nor will I ever join the army. Talking about raising children up fanatically, doesn't every Israeli teenager or young adult needs to serve in the army? Oh, they might not be hurting others, but they are being taught to kill or protect. No offence...I support the existence of Israel, but when people like you saying such ridiculous statements, I sometimes think...seriously? "Their children are raised and tought to murder all those who do not see things as they do" , bold, bias and bogus statement...Im actually laughing >.<

        March 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • err

        Also...There are plenty of Christians living in Middle Eastern countries (Egypt, Lebanon, UAE, KSA...etc). Wait...Egypt and Lebanon (countries whom I visited) where Christians and Muslims live peacefully right beside each other? Okay...yeh, they might sometimes get into conflicts and they get resolved. A country like KSA isn't democratic. Lets not forget that...there laws are mainly based on religion (which are now diminishing). I know several Christians working happily there...they might be suppressed indeed, but they practice their religion at home or I even heard several compounds have small churches within them. Talking about the Jews...well some Muslims countries had to take some sort of action against Israel...so they bard them from entering because they felt their fellow Muslims in Palestine were not being treated so pleasantly.

        March 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
      • litvak

        Well then maybe you should google it. There are muslims in the Israeli knesset. And there are muslims in the millitary. Furthermore israelis are not raised to hate muslims. Israeli leaders do not preach death to all, nor do they say that palestinians should be wiped off the map, contrary to their palestinian neighbors. Laugh at your own ignorance if you wish. As for the comparison of the mandatory draft, do you mean to say that when there was a mandatory draft in the US it meant death to everyone else? It is to protect their liberty. As for the palestinians they lived in liberty in the state of Israel until the terrorist attacks started. You seem to have a knack at justifying everything besides what the israelis do. And you say you hate bias. Impressive.

        March 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
      • litvak

        Furthermore there are nearly 1.5 million muslims living in Israel carrying Israeli citizenship and have full and equal rights. They all could have if they weren't hell bent on driving all Jews into the sea. Let's see if Jews would be granted full and protected citizenship in any of their neighbors lands, the answer is no. But then you would probably justify that and say that iys understandable and at the same time not comprehend it were it the other way around which its not. You anti Israel people are a real puzzle. Not sure if its a lack of intelligence or the blind following of emotion with a total disregard to intelligence.

        March 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
  27. anon

    Have any of you heard of the 12th Imam? The Iranian Ayatollahs have and they want him to return.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  28. karina

    I'm brazilian ,I don't know write english ,because in brazil everybody are dumb ,I to like barack obama because he is smart much

    March 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Najda

      hey Fatmah, do they really speak Portuguese in Iran?

      March 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  29. james

    ADAM your not in reality sorry, america backs middle eastern leaders ie; Mubarak because the region is unstable you can clearly see radicals control majority of the middle east hence Egypt its now under muslim brotherhood control after over throwing a leader we knew and what he was about and to say that israel is the culprit is delusional. Christians ,Catholics, Jews even Muslims can visit jerusalem freely without being killed or prevented never before was that possible when muslims controlled the region. You need to ask yourself this what do middle eastern people stand for what do they contribute to the global world besides burning flags chatting evil vial hatred towards others and to there own people because there from different regions or tribes. Middle eastern people are lost uninformed poorly educated people who refuse to co existence among different religions and ethnic people within there world because they refuse to embrace respect for others

    March 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • adam

      Wow James for your knowledge! You are the best sheep of the Israeli shepherd. Eat your grass and let other investigate knowledge. Egyptians kicked off your elected Moubarak, do you have a sense of what is coming? If Jews and Christians remained in Jerusalem after more then a 1,000 years it's because Muslims choose to protect them from the Crusaders and other invaders. You lack serious knowledge about the Middle-East.

      March 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
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