That's a good question Rav and one I'd love to hear his answer to as well. I'd assume someone would give a simple remedy like the one my openly honest Turkish friend's husband gave me. We should not meddle. Not that that is a very good solution when it comes to protecting our oil insterests and our allies there, or backing off opposing forces who work against America and/or it's allies. But I'd really think that's what we would hear. Mind your own business and don't give money and arms to bad people. If the Middle East didn't have any oil, and Israel wasn't located in the ME, would we really give a rats ass if Russia went in there and took over? We are hated too because we back Israel. That to me would seem like a very large part of the hate of the US. We back them and don't let their enemies just go in and take what they want and we don't stand by when someone wants to harm Israel. If I sound like I'm talking out of my ass here forgive me. I haven't read a ton of books on these subjects so if there are other reasons why the USA even cares about the Middle East, I'd be the first to admit I'm ignorant to them. To me it looks like we guard our oil allies and we guard our Israeli friends. I know we can't let Israel be destroyed and I know we need oil to survive. If we went to alternate fuels, and could manage to convince Israel to just get out of there and establish somewhere where they're not so outnumbered, we might not be having any trouble from the ME at all. But that isn't the situation, so they are going to hate us no matter what and for a very loooong time. Leon will try and get a hold of that movie. It does look like a good one. Thanks for the recommendation.