While we're in a climate of political change...I hope we can take a look at our relationship with Israel and make some changes....minor changes across the board that will reflect our relationship with the rest of the Arab world. Enough of the tit-for-tat stuff and who makes what weapons. Sure, we should help Israel protect itself the best we can. But why can't we just do it on a major scale...like the Patriot Missle System....major weapons of deterence. I read this story and I was appalled. I am an Israel supporter and I like to even give them an edge if possible...but IMO stuff like this just causes us problems. The only reason for this is to line someone in the U.S.'s pocket with money. Israel should make all their weapons and ammunition that they use on a regular basis with the Palestinians. We have no business being part of that atrocity (by both sides) on an everday basis. Here's the story....I do realize it has bias in it however I'd like to deal with the shrapnel which is fact...weigh in please: http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2006/11/09/p12033 ... [QUOTE ?I have seen some of the shrapnel that was recovered from the previous day?s injuries, marked clearly with ?Made in USA?. The shrapnel pieces seem unusual; our surgeons have not come across this before. Unfortunately, we do not have the time and facilities to investigate. Some of the bodies are totally burnt and have missing limbs and one them was covered with hundreds of pieces of small shrapnel. ?No-one is safe. This morning five and six-year old children wounded in a missile attack, were brought to our hospital. They were shaking and crying with fear. Their teacher Najwa Kholeef had been wounded in the head. A sixteen-year old boy and twenty-year old man had been killed.][/QUOTE] I think we can dutifully help protect Israel without being part of any of this. Again, I re-state, I am fully aware that both sides are guilty of this...but we do not help protect the Palestinains...Iran/Syria need to do their part also.