An "Outbreak of Violence"? You mean like a war in Iraq? The US staying OUT of the mideast might be far more conductive to peace than our presence. The USA clearly has no real interest in seeing peace between Israel and a Palestinian State. We supply a vast amount of money to the Arab states due to our oil addiction. We back terrorists who make trouble for Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Wikileaks have even suggested a US role in Yemen which was counter-productive by drawing Al Queada to the location which we had chosen to train our terrorists in. The history of the USA in the region has been problematic. We preserve despotisms and were instrumental in the rise of Saddam's Iraq and destroying nacient democracy in Iran ultimately leading to the current regime obsessed with the overthrow of a government over 50 years ago. I realize that we got ourselves into our current horrible position because we wanted to counter the Soviet Union in the region and support Israel. The question is why the hell are we still captive of a long-gone Soviet Union, Israel and the House of Saud? Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Obama tanked any hope of peace and Mr. Mitchell is effectively out of a job. He should go home, and so should we. Time to put America first and let the mideast deal with itself.
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