Then we have Iran. Opposition protests are surfacing again and the government is threatening to execute opposition leaders.
Iraq and Afghanistan are both still a shit-hole.
Libyan leader Gaddafi is starting to make noise again and it seems as if other nutbags in the Muslim world may be listening to him a little bit.
Indonesia is trying to stake a claim as the arm pit of the world.
Now, in today's headlines, we have these two articles:
Critics Slam U.S. Government, Media for 'Weak' Response to Anti-Christian Attacks
Read the article although the headline speaks volumes. Christians are constant targets of the peace loving and tolerant Muslims.
CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests
According to this article a reporter for CBS was kidnapped, beaten and, and raped by a group of thugs in the street.
The point here?
A large majority of the people in the Muslim world are savages. Most of the international violence and almost all of the terrorism in the last 30 - 40 years has originated there.
It's a foreign culture with foreign values.
They hate us and don't want us in their countries.
So why are we there?
One of the obvious reasons is oil. We need it, they have it. This has many simple solutions.
Drill here in the US. We have a lot of oil, use it.
Buy it from Venezuela. Yes, we have that small issue of the country being run by a lunatic but a few million dollars worth of weaponry in the right hands would fix that problem.
Work on alternative fuels. There isn't an obvious choice for replacing fossil fuels right now but this doesn't mean we can't develop something.
Take away the oil money from the Middle East countries and they have nothing. Take away the oil money and terrorism goes away.
We are not the only consumers of their oil but they would be hard pressed to survive without us. Further, don't do business with countries that do business with them.
Finally, there is the issue of Israel. We are a stabilizing influence for them. Without us in the region they would be a target. This is another surmountable problem. Cut off foreign aid to the Muslim countries and give some of it to Israel for defense. Provide military aid. Put a base there if they are willing. We could protect them. This would become easier over time too because as funds dried up in the Muslim world, the threat to Israel would diminish.
Maybe it sounds simple but I say we just get out. Leave them to continue their millennia-long struggle of killing each other over a few acres of sand. The rest of the civilized world can go about it's business safe and sound.