Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Having grown up in a (basically) Christian tradition, I have never really questioned any of this stuff. It was a basic, cultural mythology that you just accepted - God gave the land of Israel to the Jews. Lately, it occurs to me that the number one problem the U.S. has in the ME is its constant support of this premise - basically, that God gave Israel to the Jews and that Israel should be a Jewish state.
It hasn't always been quite like that - see the article I posted some time back about the Suez crisis.
And the US has been picking sides in the ME since before Israel even existed - witness the deal FDR struck with Saudi Arabia where we protect them in return for their oil.