Only the first two paragraphs ... but, a compelling reality?
I'm mostly just thinking in script here ... simplistic stuff ... Don't be to harsh on me for it not being "more substantial"
Here in America the efforts of a huge portion of the population are required in order to create the wealth which makes our economy tick. We must create a good or service with our hands and/or minds for the most part.
In many of these Oil Producing Countries a very, very small portion of the population can pump enough wealth, in the form of "Black Cash", from beneath Mother Nature's deserts to make entire countries financially sound. (As a side note ... We think we have "The Rich" and "The Poor" here, we don't hold a candle to these Arab oil producing countries when it comes to that line of thinking)
I would almost compare it to some kid being left a ton of money, which he is required to do very little to nearly nothing to take possession of and use. The problem with that comparison is it only covers half the bases ... These countries have an immense source of cash flow which requires little effort to produce, but on top of that, they have the leverage on the world created by the control of the product it's self.
As for the idea of Israel being eliminated dissipated or otherwise knocked off the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Yeap, you bet, that's exactly the plan for many of these powers Yasser Arafat, Bashar Assad, Iran, Al Qaeda and nothing less is acceptable.
I know I harp on that old post "The Third Jihad" but there in lies the story ... regarding the land, the oil and the destruction of Israel ... and eventually the destruction of ALL NON BELIEVERS.
Now ... What to do about it may be open to debate, but the denial of it and the failure to act will at some point ... get millions of people killed very quickly.
And no I'm not painting the entire Arab race as all BAD ...
But ... the core of this issue emanates from there ... and there is where you must do the dealing in order to find a solution. The attendance at this Arab Summit would indicate they are NOT all on the same page.
As with Johnny Ray ... I'm not certain if that's a Good Thing or a Bad Thing ... but it does appear to be a reality.
OK ... I'm done for now.
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