The situation in Northern Ireland only serves to reveal the US' blatant hypocrisy when it comes diplomacy.
When the Brits (you know, our best ally?) and the IRA were still going at it, but talks were starting, there were NO preconditions put on the IRA.
-They weren't made to recognize British rule.
-They weren't made to disarm (in fact, John Cardinal O'Connor, Peter King, etc., stated the Irish should NOT disarm).
-The Congress didn't continually pass resolutions supporting the Brits which only served to hinder the process.
-US govt didn't continually scream about one side being "bent on the destruction of the other." Meanwhile, the actions of the side they defended revealed who was actually doing the destruction.
-The US didn't veto every single resolution on behalf of one side, even when the behavior was against Int'l law.
-The US didn't have it's balls in a vise because of a lobby that puts the interests of a foreign country ahead of this one.
Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) -a man who was still considered a terrorist at the time (80s/90s) and whose voice couldn't even be aired on British television- was hosted in the US by the likes of Peter King and Rudy Guiliani. Rudy even presented him with a glass apple.
When Arafat came for some UN meeting and all world leaders were invited to some function (some of whom had blood on their hands), Arafat was the only one Guiliani decided to throw out of some function. Now of course, people with an inability to see the larger picture will instinctively respond "Good!" Here's the thing: It doesn't matter what you think of Arafat because when a Guiliani is selective in which leader he finds abhorrent after having hosted and celebrated the likes of a Gerry Adams who many believe has a lot of British blood on his hands, then it's no longer about right and wrong - it's politics. It's about special interest.
The US is a disgrace when it comes to what they've done in the Middle East. To have both the govt and media continually portray Israel as this wittle country surrounded by big, bad A-rabs and I-ranians who all want to kill Jews is so dumb and patronizing.
When you have the likes of a Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Coulter defending your side, assume there's something wrong.