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The Middle East has traditionally been important for the world economy. The Middle East situation today has an impact on all aspects of life in America and much of the world.

Only by understanding the motivations of the various factions in the Middle East can we hope to understand how to promote peace and national security for Middle Eastern nations, Europe, and the United States.

Feb 11, 2010

Is There an End to Terrorism?

In an interview’ with Al Jazeera (1/30/2010), the Turkish foreign minister Ahmad Ouglow stated that even if an understanding were established between the Taliban and the Afghan government, the Al Qaeda will still pursue its activities worldwide. He, furthermore, said that basic source and cause of terrorism is due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unless the conflict is settled, the threat of terrorism will continue.

The British Daily Telegraph noted that the Turkish foreign minister’s statement is of utmost importance and should be taken into consideration. Turkey is a member of NATO and is also an important Islamic country; hence it plays an important international role and can mediate between the conflicting parties.

I have also stated in previous posts that unless the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is settled, the threat of terrorism will continue.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, its policy has always been based on expansion, ethnic cleansing, and the suppression of Palestinians.

Unfortunately, American foreign policy has always supported Israel’s policy. When President George W. Bush visited Israel he said that the Arabs should recognize the accomplished fact on the ground in the occupied West Bank. President Bush’s statement was in total contradiction of all UN Resolutions.

Because of US total support of Israel, it has consistently ignored worldwide public opinion and international law.

Unfortunately, the threat of terrorism will continue unless American politicians become sincerely aware of the danger this conflict has created and will continue to create. An even-handed policy toward the Israelis and Palestinians should be applied.

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