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Friday, February 21, 2003
A last chance?
In today's NYT, Ken Pollack, in lieu of the Bush administration, seems to take
(See "A Last Chance to Stop Iraq" at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/21/opinion/21POLL.html )
An itemized list:
1) The argument from ignorance. KP argues that we ought to fight because we
by Editor @ 09:09 PM CST [Link]
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Iraq - View from here & personal notes
The Middle East (Israel included) is preparing for yet another war. It seems that every 10 years or so there is a war, whether we need one or not. Sometimes there are two.
For a personal Iraqi view of these preparations - see http://www.dear_raed.blogspot.com/ .
It is a moot point whether or not Israel or Israelis support this war, since nobody asked us. Nobody asked us when the USA, Britain, France and Germany helped to create the Saddamonster in the 80s. Nobody asked us the USA, Britain and France attacked Iraq, and then, in a collosal and inexplicable "oversight" forgot to finish the work. It didn't take a geopolitical genius to figure out that leaving Saddam to fight another day would mean trouble. It also left the Kurds, Shi'a and and various other enemies of the regime to their fates, which included being gassed, dissolved in acid and other humane treatments.
Now the USA is finally prepared to do something, and so, as noted, we are all preparing for war. Everyone is pretty much convinced this is going to happen, in the two weeks most likely, or by the end of March for certain. The nightly TV news program is explaining the best way to behave in case buildings collapse, and discussing the question of whether or not to hoard medicines.
Israeli preparations include:
Monday, February 10, 2003
Hamas and the Cease Fire
This week at MidEastWeb, Mohamed Mosaad comments on the Egyptian-sponsored meeting of Palestinian groups at http://www.mideastweb.org/meeting.htm
Monday, February 3, 2003
In Memoriam - Seven Heros of the Human Race
What began so well ended so tragically for the seven wonderful astronauts of the Columbia space shuttle and their families. In their deaths, they became heros for all humanity.
We in Israel were most touched by the loss of Ilan Ramon, who represented for us everything that is good about Israel - everything of which we want to be proud. Ilan was undoubtedly chosen not only for his achievements as a pilot and technical qualifications, but because he represented the quintessential Zionist ideal of the good Israeli, everything good and beautiful that we want to build here.
If someone asks me "What should Zionism be trying to accomplish?" it is easy to say "to produce men and women like Ilan Ramon." The same is true of all the astronauts. This is is what we want our children, our societies and our future to be like, and this is what we want to do - push the envelope, master nature, create a better world for everyone. It is true whether we live on American continents, in the Middle East, in India, China, Africa, Europe, Oceania, or Australia, and whether we speak English, Hebrew, Arabic, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swahili or Farsi.
They were our best, and they gave their lives in the perpetual battle of man against nature. In their deaths, they became heros of all humanity. [more]
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