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So basically you believe we should judge Israel by a different standard than any other state.

I can see your reasoning.
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I think we should judge each state by a certain amount of common standards as to human decency and behavior as far as being aggressive toward other states. Internally, they pretty much should again have free reign with the exception of what I think would commonly be seen as inhumane -- torture, murder, enforced labor and enforced poverty(and there is such a thing) - they want to be Muslim, Catholic or Buddhist etc, it is not any of our business heck I truly believe communism is a religion as is socialism so that is OK by me too and has always been as far as America is concerned. Sure we get preachy but we deal with them like any other nation.

But I do think Israel gets a little extra slack in its' defense of self based on history of aggression against Jews by too many states. Additionally, I certainly understand Jews making their own Religion based state more than I understand almost anyone else doing it. They though they were safe in Russia, they thought they were safe in Austria they thought they were safe in Germany I might not ever trust a non-Jewish state either to be honest. I wouldn't hold it against gypsies if they formed their own state and were a little paranoid about aggression toward them.
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