More harm than good.
What worries me about the Middle East is the explosive mixture of overly aggressive behavior by the United States and Israel, combined with reckless provocations by the Islamic extremists. Just when we were reading that Hamas and the PLO seemed to be getting together to recognize Israel's right to exist, hopes were dashed by the capture of Israeli soldiers on the Gaza and Lebanon borders. These actions, which, one has to suspect, were inspired by mischief-making Iranians, led Israel, supported by the United States, into a bull-in-a-china-shop overreaction, complete with indefensible cluster bombs. One has to wonder how much of Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza Israel has already demolished with its bombs and bulldozers, creating a new generation of haters of the West.