March 3, 2002 at 12:00 am #40879
If Israel did not exist, its enemies would have to invent another reason for their anger. The fact is, the Islamic nations of the world hate the west because the West is rich, and they are not. Why is this so? Because the West values liberal democratic traditions such as secular government, free speech, and representative government. If the US suddenly declared itself a Christian theocracy, and started oppressing non-Christians and women, its economy would sink to third world levels. The US does not support Israel out of some deep seated hatred of Islam, or because Jews control the government. The US, and most Americans, sympathize with Israel because Israel is a democracy surrounded by enemies who are not.