Here are two columns worth a read which make really good points. First, "Peacenik" Pat Buchanan drops this bomb: ["Where are the Christians?"].
"Now, Israel's rampage against a defenseless Lebanon – smashing airport runways, fuel tanks, power plants, gas stations, lighthouses, bridges, roads and the occasional refugee convoy – has exposed Bush's folly in subcontracting U.S. policy out to Tel Aviv, thus making Israel the custodian of our reputation and interests in the Middle East."All I can say is wow.
Then there is this by Lou Dobbs: ["Not so smart when it comes to the Middle East"].
"While the United States provides about $2.5 billion in military and economic aid to Israel each year, U.S. aid to Lebanon amounts to no more than $40 million. This despite the fact that the per capita GDP of Israel is among the highest in the world at $24,600, nearly four times as high as Lebanon's GDP per capita of $6,200.Again, all I can say is wow. Maybe I'm not so "liberal" after all?
Lebanon's lack of wealth is matched by the Palestinians -- three out of every four Palestinians live below the poverty line. Yet the vast majority of our giving in the region flows to Israel. This kind of geopolitical inconsistency and shortsightedness has contributed to the Arab-Israeli conflict that the Western world seems content to allow to perpetuate endlessly."
Why the stock market sucks: ["Yahoo Stock Falls to Biggest One-Day Drop"]. You make your target, you're selling tons of ads to basically no one, the Internet isn't a tangible thing like a factory, your company turns in millions and millions in profit, but because you aren't as big as Google, and won't become as big any time soon, well, you lose $10 billion in one day. What?! Insane.