Rule #497: Do not allow yourself to gain a reputation as an expert on Middle Eastern politics. Maintain a studied ignorance of the history and cultures of the region. If asked to venture an opinion at any point, first protest that you don't really know much about what's going on since it's too depressing to follow. If pressed, make sure you have ascertained the ethnic, religious and political composition of the room, and present one of the following stock responses:
* What do you expect? Those Arabs are all a bunch of savages!
* It is disgusting, what the Zionists are doing now. Beasts!
* Clearly, it is a sign of the end times. Our Lord Christ must be coming soon.
* To hell with them all, Arabs and Jews, they're all a bunch of nutcases over there. Religion is responsible for 90% of humanity's problems.