"There isn't a doubt, I think, that Iran constitutes the single most important, single-country challenge to... US interests in the Middle East and to the kind of Middle East that we want to see." US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice
Well that says it all, really. The USA continues on its unilateral path, and wonders why people still donâ€™t like themâ€¦
What about the kind of Middle East those who live there want to see? And frankly, why should we give a s**t about US interests? All the reckless pursuit of their interests have led us to so far is continuing mayhem in Iraq, continuing recruitment of murderous jihadists, and â€“ in fact â€“ the increase of Iranâ€™s influence in the Middle East.
They say you can tell a person by their friends, and so why not a government by its allies: who are they selling arms to (thus contributing to a heightening of tensions and playing right into the hands of bin Laden et al.)?
Israel: a country that has illegally occupied the Palestinian lands since 1967, already has nuclear weapons, and is responsible for a whole number of other reprehensible acts â€“ for example papering over the killing of a 13-year old girl.
Saudi Arabia: recently accused by the US Ambassador to the United States of â€œpursuing destabilising policiesâ€ with regards to Iraq, and of course no stranger to torture, discrimination against women, etc. (Amnesty International Report).