Originally Posted by Sulla the Dictator
I suggest you examine the rhetoric of each of the combatants, and see which one is explicitly eliminationist and which is defensive. The Arabs, from 1947 onward, are frequently speaking of the annihilation of Israel and the extirpation of its population.
Conservative Americans talk this way about Arabs -- whether in Iran, or Iraq, or in Palestine, or elsewhere -- all the time. As long as any of us have been alive we've had to listen to conservatives talk about turning Iran into a parking lot, for example. The fact that Iran can find plenty of examples of American conservatives talking about obliterating their country certainly shouldn't be construed as justification for Iranian war against the US.
"All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind." -- Adam Smith
Last edited by TwinSwords; 11-13-2011 at 06:23 PM..