In this thread ill be speaking about mainly whats been happening within the past 4 or 5 years in the middle east, how its effecting us, how it started and how to stop it. Before i start, i am a 14 year old Turkish Cypriot living in England. The following is my opinions, backed up with FACTS. like it or not. I am not anti-Semitic or anti-american. Im not anti-anyone. i have respect for all people and religions. When i say "america did this" or "Israel are that" im talking about their government, it is in no way directed at the Jewish or american people. To begin with, lets talk about The iraq war. Began 4 years ago, sparked off by apparent "weapons of mass destruction". they were "spotted by American satellites. So in goes America, killing thousands and devastating millions of lives. Cities were torn apart and as of today, 700,000 Iraqis have been killed by the invading forces. Well at least they got the weapons right? lol wrong, what weapons? George bush announced that america had made a mistake not long ago, there were no weapons of mass destruction. So he should have said, "so in that case, we might aswell leave". But no, the weapons werent the real reason behind the war. Iraq is sitting on billions worth of oil...just waiting for america to steal. Which is what they are doing. Americas oil stocks have rocketed since the iraq war...ironic no? Some americans say that america are "protecting" iraqis from terrorists in the area. Now i still fail to see how these people can go to sleep at night. Have they not seen the disgusting torture videos? the gruesome army men posing next to dead iraqi people? Do they not see that America has killed more innocent people in this war than any other terrorist organization? Of course not, their minds are to inferior to look BEHIND the propaganda being shoved in their faces. Palestine and Lebanon. Ahhh..and of course the "terrorists" Hezbollah. Now i consider Israel a Terrorist state. They have 30X more innocent people than Hezbollah have. They constantly bombard the Palestinians and they keep thousands of prisoners in cells, both lebanese and Palestinian. Now Hezbollah, are not a terrorist organization. Get that out of your mind right now. Hezbollah hate Al-Quaeda and The Taliban. They would gladly fight against them. Hesbollah are part of the Lebanese defence force. Part of their army is you will (although they arent really). The lebanese people love hezbollah. Why? they stopped Israel invading Lebanon twice now. Adnt they are also trying to regain land that the israelis illegally occupy. Around 20 years ago, Lebanon was attacked, and parts of the south was seized by the israelis. Hezbollah stopped them from advancing into the rest of lebanon. In 2000, Hezbollah won MOST of the land back, however israel still holds alot of the land that belongs to lebanon. Not s far back Israel once again tried to take Lebanon, with the help of America who supplied weapons and tactics. Hezbollah fought back, and...humiliated...the Israeli forces. During this attack, Lebanon was severely bombed and battered. Many people died, and others left homeless. Hezbollah were able to send bombs to Beirut, however thy didnt. Nice of them i think, it would have been disastrous. Hezbollah simply want the release of all the prisoners Israel illegally hold, and all the land that they illegally occupy. I think those demands are justified. Iran, Aot been going on there the last few months. Building "Weapons of mass destruction" (where have we heard that before...) and also capturing the 15 british navy men. Well the full story for that hasnt been exposed yet, so ill leave that for later. Now, I think its pretty obvious that America will be attacking iIran soon. Some americans say that Bush wont want another war on another front...well your forgetting something, Bush is crazy. Hell take on the entire world if he thinks that theres enough oil to be stolen. How ever Iran isnt just about oil.... Iran is a Muslim Country, that refueses to listen to americas orders (like saddam did, and then got executed for it). Iran is a big, brve country. There are only two or three big countries in the middle east that arent pushed around easily, the other two being Turkey, and possibly Pakistan if you want to include them. Now Iran will be a big threat to the US, seeing as how they have a good army and can see what america are doing in the neighbouring countries. Iran, is also the biggest import/export for OIL. Now yes we already now that america want that oil...but theres something else to go with it. You see Iran are saying that they will most probably be switching from using Dollars, to auction the oil, to Euros. That means that the Dollar, will no longer be used as the currency for oil, the most valueble thing around at the moment. That also means that the Dollar will not be the biggest currency anymore, and it will stop being internationally used. Instead, the Euro will take its place. Now thats something america NEVER want to happen, and Iran knows it. I personally have nothing against Iran, some people say that they supply Hezbollah with weapons, and bombs that can reach anywhere in Israel. I say so? Like i said before, Hezbollah arent terrorists. And plus, America give Israel Weapons and bombs that can reach any country in the Muslim world, why dont we go invade them? Answer is simple, If they arent Muslim they arent dangerous. We all know that the western world believes Jewish and Christian blood, is more valued than Muslim blood. Weather you know it or not, you most probably do too, without even knowing! I will continue this thread, with alot more to come on Iran, and future things, however my hand has turned blue, so its probably time for a break Feel free to criticise (constructively) and give your opinion. I wont even bother responding if you dont back you opinion with facts, it will just prove your foolishness.