The origins of genocide date back to biblical times, and the first case of genocide was recorded in the Old Testament. After the Israelites were freed from Egypt they wandered the desert for fourty years, in order to have time to raise an army. Joshua was the leader of this army and the Israelites had no land to call their own. The land of Canan was inhabited with a people, culture, and civilization. The Old Testament tells us that God instructed Joshua to attack the Cananites and take their land. Not only was Joshua to attack the Cananites but he was to kill every man, woman, child, and to leave no two stones standing. Joshua did as he was told by God, and led a bloody campaign of genocide across the land of Canan. The problem was that he didn't finish the job, and the ancient Cananites became todays middle eastern nationalities. Now we fast foreward to today. Is it any wonder that the conflict in the middle east between the Israelies and their neighbors is as volatile as it is. Looking back at their shared history it is just amazing, and mind boggling. How can the Israelies take the position that they have the right to defend themselves, when since the beginning they have been trying to eradicate the native population. It is convienent to use God as a scape goat, knowing that this line of reasoning would never fly today. Can you imagine if Hitler came out and said that God told him to invade Poland, and to comit genocide? no one would believe it, yet this excuse is valid for the Israelies? Is the Arab population wrong to be lobbing shells into Israel? yes. Are they wrong to be using suicide bombers? yes. Do they have every right to hate the Israelies? yes. Do they have every right to mistrust the Israelies? yes. Do they have the right to hate the US for backing a nation that has been trying to eradicate them since the beginning? yes. Just ask yourself how would you react if in their shoes. What we should do to resolve the Middle Eastern conflict is to withdrawl all military, and financial aide from all nations in the Middle East. Then let them hash it out amongst themselves, and no doubt there will be a war. We can then deal with the victor of the war and the conflict will then be over. If Israel was meant to be surely God will make it happen, and if not maybe that was also Gods plan, I say lets leave it up to God if Israel is to live or die, not US military aid. Letting God decide seems the way to go since it seems that he initiated the conflict to begin with.