To be clear, I also count the U.S. as not very democratic, by American standards.
Why is it that only the problems on the right side of the car are supported by evidence?
I would argue that, as in Afghanistan, we have in some ways won militarily by accomplishing our some of our objectives.
The Saddam Hussein regime is overthrown; before, it has been a major threat to peace in the Middle East. There was no guarantee that is was going to stay stable if we had not invaded. There is now a democratic government there. Even if it is undemocratic by our standards, all of the ideas and infrastructure for a stable Iraqi democracy are there. The US used to be much more corrupt and undemocratic than it was today. The ISF has been successful in beating ISIS.
We destroyed a lot of terrorist camps/infrastructure in Afghanistan. It doesn’t seem that it will become a base for international terrorism in the immediate future. At some point, if the Afghans want democracy and human rights, they have to fight for that themselves.
But the US military has done everything it can. It has no place in those countries anymore.
Legitimate concern: why does the reaction to injustice result in harming more innocent people? How is rioting justified? It can lead to more deaths than the original incident.
I see no potential problems from having ruthless, well-armed, and uneducated people running government! /s
I think you forgot your /s.
Yeah, the probably do have nuclear weapons. We should know if they tested them, though. Nuclear blasts are pretty hard to hide.
It’s actually pilot training schools, meaning that they will, kind of by definition, be qualified. And given that women and black people combined comprise more than half of the population, it is logical that, with equal opportunities, they should comprise half of new flight school students.
They didn’t bomb anything. It was a cyber attack. And it wasn’t a nuclear power plant, I’m pretty sure it was a facility for uranium enrichment (in order to make weapons). Finally, there is no proof that Israel even has nuclear weapons.
I do have to ask some questions of you, though: how much does the U.S. pay Israel, and which agreements does Israel violate?
I don’t disagree with the fact that Israel should be pressured to treat Palestinians in the OPT as equals, but you did list some rather suspect claims there.
Um… well, for one thing, Israel did not actually exterminate Palestinians. The problem is, they wanted a Jewish state, which is effectively an ethnostate, but there weren’t actually enough Jews there at the time. This is why you shouldn’t just create new countries just because you want to. First, there must be people there who want self-determination, then there can be a country. If you’re going to make a Jewish state, then maybe make one for the Kurds as well, who actually currently comprise majorities in many of the areas where they live.
Also, I will point out that there are many good reasons to support Israel that don’t involve religion: for one thing, in Israel, Jews are safe from oppression, which is important because they are and have been persecuted in many other parts of the world; for another, Israel does still have better human rights than any other country in the region that I can think of; and finally, Israel is a US ally which can actually pull its own weight, which is hard to come by in the Middle East.
As a Jew myself, I would much rather have our space laser disabling Iranian nuclear facilities than starting forest fires near where I live, to the point that, last year, we couldn’t even go outside at all on some days due to air quality issues.