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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Darfur: All they are saying is, "give genocide a chance."
Believe it or not, the conflict in Sudan has really been going on for at least 15 years . It claimed 2 million lives before it was officially declared to be "over" in May of 1994. As many as 40,000 have died in Darfur alone, where rape camps are established for the purpose of ethnic cleansing. [more]
Checkpoints - Conscience and good sense
Everyone in Israel knows what happens at the checkpoints established in the Palestinian areas, except possibly the government. Everyone understands the day to day inhumanity and brutalization of Palestinians that goes on there. Even the most gung-ho Greater Israel zealot, if they are not insane, must understand that humiliation and intimidation of ordinary people is bad for Israel as well as being an immoral act. It breeds resentment and hatred. [more]
Monday, July 26, 2004
In 1967 I checked in to a military draft center in Damascus to get my military service identification papers. I was 19 then.
by Abd al Suri @ 03:57 PM CST [Link]
Sunday, July 25, 2004
A Message for Syrians from Ibrahim Hanano
Many years ago, I had a dream so realistic and clear that I remember every detail in it. In the dream I attended the Friday prayer in a certain mosque in Homs - Syria. The sheikh who was supposed to preach was late. The sitting crowd began whispering and turning their eyes looking for him. Suddenly the sheikh hurried in and climbed a few steps of the minbar stairs. He said "I am sorry folks, but today you will hear a speech from a person you all know very well. Ibrahim Hanano is a prominent leader of the Syrian revolution against the French mandate."
Thursday, July 22, 2004
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by Analyst @ 06:47 AM CST [Link]
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Al-Qaida and Iran: what it means
According to Time Magazine and other publications, the 9/11 Commission has uncovered startling new facts about Iran's ties with al-Qaida, facts that put Tehran uncomfortably close to the 9/11 plot.
Is it possible that the CIA, in its eagerness to please a President unshakeably fixated on a mythical alliance between al-Qaida and Iraq, overlooked a matter of the highest consequence? Did the U.S., in effect, go to war with the wrong country?
by Analyst @ 09:44 AM CST [Link]
Monday, July 19, 2004
More Chaos in Palestinian Society
UN Envoy Terje Roede Larsen's assessment that the Palestinian Authority is about to collapse and has made no progress in fighting terrorism should not have been news to anyone, since Palestinian and Israeli sources have been saying the same thing for months. Palestinian UN envoy Nasser Al-Kidwa, a nephew of Yasser Arafat, insisted that Larsen's report is incorrect. Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu-Rodeineh prompty declared Larsen personna non-grata in Palestine, and likewise denied that there were any real problems in the PNA. [more]
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The Israeli Security Barrier (Fence,Wall) and the ICJ
The advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice about the Israeli Security Barrier (aka Fence, Wall) has generated a lot of verbiage, generally in support of the ICJ rulling, because the fence is bad, or in support of the fence, because the ICJ ruling is bad and the barrier saves lives. The commentators generally line up on one side or the other of the question, depending on their Zionist or anti-Zionist orientation, with more or less total disregard of the facts. Consumers of analysis can take their pick of which opinion suits them best. The truth appears to be much more complex - the barrier is bad but necessary, and the ICJ ruling is bad but inevitable. Since the General Assembly will meet to discuss the question on Friday, and since the UN Security council will meet in November, and since the fence/barrier/wall is not going away, this debate will be with us for a while. [more]
Monday, July 12, 2004
The politicization of Iraq intelligence
We got to fight the Powers That Be. - Public Enemy
When Bush Administration hardliners weren't accusing George Tenet's CIA of dragging its feet on Iraq, Bush allies accused the Agency of being too hard-line on Iraq. The likely truth is neither: when it came to Iraq, the CIA accommodated the White House, and did not lead but followed. This is what is meant by "politicization of intelligence."
by Analyst @ 08:04 AM CST [Link]
Sunday, July 11, 2004
The ICJ writes off the UN Charter
I'll admit to not knowing much about the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the body that has just delivered an advisory opinion at the behest of the UN General Assembly that condemns, with near unanimity, Israel's security barrier in the West Bank.
Still. What a bizarre document. How much did Don Rumsfeld have to bribe these judges to proclaim the UN Charter irrelevant to contemporary security needs? I kid you not. That is what they said.
by Analyst @ 08:28 AM CST [Link]
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
The same old Middle East cliches at the CIA
It's certainly easy to bash the U.S. intelligence community. They've had their failures of late, and all too often, they deserve it. Yet it is with some trepidation that I pin the failings of the anonymous, CIA-employed author of Imperial Hubris on the CIA and the intelligence community as a whole. In no small part, he owns his own foolishness.
by Analyst @ 07:56 AM CST [Link]
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Iraq: Politics is no panacea
Those who are waiting for the November elections in the USA to make the Iraq mess disappear are going to be sorely disappointed. The problem was not due to partisan politics, and whatever John Kerry's other merits, he cannot offer a solution to the Iraq problem. [more]
Sunday, July 4, 2004
Israeli Settlements - What's wrong with this picture?
I believe that Jews and Palestinian Arabs should be free to live anywhere in the Holy land. I also believe that the Palestinian cause was harmed first by the other Arab countries and now by its own Palestinian authority or lack thereof. The former, for fomenting hatred and picking up the tab for the Palestinian cause, only to deny them absorption into their respective countries and to reduce their lot to tent cities of needy people in the eye of the world, depriving them of their dignity and self respect. The latter for still using their cause as a pawn to achieve dubious goals and for fanning the flames of hatred among them and for inciting terrorism. [more]
by israel bonan @ 04:34 PM CST [Link]
Friday, July 2, 2004
Israel's outpost hutzpah
The Hebrew/Yiddish word "Hutzpah," which means extraordinary effrontery, has long since passed into common English usage. Those who do not know the meaning of this word got an object lesson when, six weeks late, Israel submitted its list of illegal outposts that are due to be destroyed under the roadmap agreements. A total of twenty eight outposts were listed. Of these, Israel is committed to remove only twelve, and has announced that it is going to regularize the status of the others.
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