Unsettlement

The Middle East Is Roiling. Fixable?

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ROCKY
Age 29
Resides Bronx
Occupation Entrepreneur

Are you following events in the Middle East?That has been going on for hundreds of years, all the way back to the Crusades. These people are not leaders, they're people who have a dire need to follow. I think the whole thing is designed to lower populations, not just in the Middle East, but in conflicts throughout the world through the use of genocide and biological warfare.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?If it's your job to destroy the enemy, then it's justified. The Japanese thought it was justified when they flew their planes into Pearl Harbor. And the U.S. government thought it was justified when they sent blankets full of smallpox as gifts to American Indians.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?The bottom line is that the Israelis have to get off Palestinian land.


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JOE BRENT
Age26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

Are you following events in the Middle East?Very closely. I have family in Israel. Arafat's a terrorist. He says he wants a Palestinian state, but he has yet to articulate his vision for that. Sharon's a butcher too. He's there as a reaction to Arafat, who in turn is a reaction to the '67 war.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?They're extremely effective, and they're working in the Middle East, but genocide's effective too.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?Israel needs security. They've got to pull out of the settlements, and pull back to the '67 borders. Then, the borders have to be secured by U.S. or UN soldiers.


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LARRY POSTON
Age28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actor

Are you following events in the Middle East?I'm not a political follower except as it affects me personally, but I know enough about the current conflict to be afraid.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?No. They're effective, and like any kind of mass murder, they do make their point. But they're far too evil.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?Giving the Palestinians their own home may be the first step, but there are too many voices on both sides talking over each other right now. I really don't have a clear understanding of what should be done to bring about an end to the fighting.


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CATONIA WHALEN
Age31
Resides Manhattan
Occupation International Marketing

Are you following events in the Middle East? Not really. It's slightly numbing and it's hard to keep track of everything. I think that's partly because the media isn't giving us the entire story fairly.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?No, although in the Middle East, the bombs are having an effect.

What solution to the crisis would you propose? I do think there is a chance for peace, but both sides need new leaders. The U.S. has to be involved.


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NICOLAS DILUCENTE
Age33
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Lawyer

Are you following events in the Middle East?Yes, closely. I don't agree with Bush's assessment of Israel's military strategy. We call suicide bombings wrong, then call what Sharon is perpetrating against Palestinian women and children and innocent civilians "self-defense."

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?No.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?The administration has to show a less biased hand. I think Colin Powell is the right person to send to broker a peace.


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TOM WALKER
Age32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Copywriter

Are you following events in the Middle East?Yes, closer than I have before. Prior to September 11, American foreign policy was isolationist. Now we know that can't be the case.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified?From a moral standpoint, no, but Americans value life above all. The Palestinians have done their perverse best with the tools available to them.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?Both sides need new leaders. Arafat's only interested in his legacy, and Sharon's not interested in peace. Barak wanted peace, and now he's out of a job.


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ORIBU YOKOTA
Age25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Are you following events in the Middle East?No, not at all. I get all my information from my Canadian friend.

Can a suicide bomb ever be justified? No.

What solution to the crisis would you propose?The Palestinians need their own country. Like everyone else, they have a right to one.

 
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