Will - I was addressing this comment of yours
But the U.N. can't make everyone happy any better than the U.S. No matter what they decide to do, it will leave large groups of people feeling screwed. Who is going to get the blame then? The U.N.? I'm doubtful.
I am not trying to say the UN will solve it - but I am not agreeing that america would do an equal
or better job than what the UN could do.
then I started going on about how the UN (for all its flaws) is more likely to make the situation more happy
(not solve) due to its structure
Do I beleive the UN will be able to wave a magic wand and everyone is all roses ?
The middle east is so messy to me its like a bitter nasty divorce, that one doesnt ever get "over" - the best of what could be hoped for is a new "love interest" ie a new (economic/trade/debt release/funded infrastructure development) opportunity to spend attention towards ...
the past stays a bitter memory none hope to solve that
... but it becomes less releavent in increasing degrees of being faded and watered down when one has something else to look forward to.
America as the moderator is part of the problem from a Palestinian perspective - even if the USA's actions are more intelligent and 100 percent objective it is a problem - just because of the sour taste some there have of "america"
- its like a mediator is someone you hate passionately - and you beleive is bias against your divorcee and frankly part of the problem etc)
Part of the problem of why the UN could be frustrated "lessening the problem there" is that America does/would VETO many things the UN would propose to do (ie veto less pro-israel stances)
I agree with one thing of yours Will (Not being american myself)... is that america should wash
their hands of it as soon as possible ( ie the Americans are sick of hearing about it).
To do that ... America needs
to give up their vested interest in that area. Don't try and "win" anything there anymore.
One MAJOR problem comes from stances like
"We will ensure past american deaths in that area are for a good cause ... we will make them MEAN something ... by being hard and continuing and not letting them set us back .. forging our determination to retain or views strongly despite opposition until prevail / win... so history ends with us triumphant .. what is god what is good is americas intention becoming manifest ... ra ra ra"
... <groan> ... how about learning
from them instead by stop being involved ? Red light - bad debt - Abort / write off whatever intentions you have there (including pride retention).
STOP IGNORING OR VETOING UN DECISIONS CONCERNING THE MIDDLE EAST
hmm actually ... if america really wants to grow up,
stop vetoing any
UN decision ... period.
.. better - push to absolve veto powers (with so many with nukes now they dont represent who is the most dangerous).
... if a decision is not pro-america ? "Too bad .. so sad"
... swallow the pill ... take your medicine, deal with it, move on.