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ID: 1898
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: WHY I PUT "OCCUPATION" IN QUOTATION MARKS"
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Body: <p>Sorry for the belated answer. I just noticed Steven Vinson's question. I place"occupation" in quotation marks because the sovereignty of the regions known as"West Bank" and"Gaza" are unsettled. They were part of the Ottoman Empire. Then part of the British mandate. UN partition envisioned those regions as part of a Palestinian state. But the Palestinians refused to accept it. So, Egypt governed Gaza and Jordan governed the West Bank (of the Jordan) from 1948-1967. Israel has governed them since. In other words, the legal status of both the lands and their citizens are ambiguous. Had Israel made the residents of these regions into citizens, she would have been closing the door to a possible Palestinian state.
ID: 1899
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SUNNIS HAVE ZERO INCETNTIVE TO COOPERATE
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Body: Here I go again with advice. We are winning everywhere except in the Sunni triangle and the reason is the same as it was in the beginning of the war. Then, I wrote: Watching southern Iraqis scramble to first grab hold of a box of American rations and then shout their loyalty to Saddam made me very uncomfortable. This is a movie I have seen once too often, and it never ends well for the U.S. <p>America tries to achieve its goals by capturing the"hearts and minds" of Arabs by showering them with goodies and promises, and once again it fails. That strategy is doomed not only because past betrayals have hardened Arab hearts, but because acting upon the heart's desires to begin with is the luxury of the strong. The weak (and those who need to be fed and freed are by definition weak) know that their survival depends on their minds — which is why those southern Iraqis were perfectly willing to kowtow to Saddam even as they took food from us. Like other Middle Easterners, the Iraqis now believe that American material largess is as unconditional as U.S. promises of protection are suspect. American success depends on convincing them otherwise. ( for the rest Click here:<A href="http://hnn.us/articles/1366.html#11030302"> here <A><p>The Sunni minority see themselves as the losers they inevitably are. Cooperation with the US bear no benefits only dangers. On the other hand, non cooperation gets former members of the security forces rehired. Why exactly, should they cooperate? May I suggest redirecting American largesse to the North and South. No reconstruction should take place in the center. Neighborhoods in which coalition enemies swim should be punished with curfews not bribed with bridge openings which end up costing American lives. Schools in Sunniland should be closed until the security improves and family members of Baathists should be treated as suspects. In other words, its time to treat friend and foe differently. <p>The same is true about those who help the terrorists. The tale tell signs of Hizballa are clear to anyone who remembers that it was the Hizabala which perfected the"art" of blowing up humvies. Sending Israel to bomb an empty camp in north of Damascus is a joke even worse than a Clinton bombing which rearranged the sand in Afghanistan. Asked how active is Iran in the Iraqi guerrilla war, Rumsfeld said"active!" What happened to the Reagan doctrine? Why not unleash the"Mujahedin Al Kharq?" <p>In other words, Bush has been playing defense and American forces are hunkering down in Iraq - this is a losing formula if we have seen one and if we lose Iraq, we are going to squander the benefits accrued by the war. Bush has warned that if other nations do not act, the US will act. Other nations failed to stop the American led coalition from acting in Iraq, so"other nations" including France, Germany and China stooped acting as"free riders." That is what Tony Blair must have meant when he noted that"Iran's recent climbdown over nuclear cooperation was a direct result of the war in Iraq". The same can be said about North Korea. It would be so sad to blow it all on an incompetent counter-querrilla strategy. P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1900
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SADDAM'S “MUHAMMAD'S” BEHIND CHINOOK DISASTER
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Body: This is Debka's <a href="http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=652"> take on the subject.</A> I do not vouch for its complete veracity. But it seems to have some interesting info. P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1901
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SAUDIS ARE SMELLING TROUBLE
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Body: This <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/11/02/wsimp02.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/11/02/ixworld.html"> article </A> by John Simpson illuminates Saudi fear that they have lost their strategic importance to the West. Let's hope they are right. This is the type of relationship that cannotsurvive the light of day. P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1902
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: MORE ADVICE ON IRAQ
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Body: Max Boot's <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/16/opinion/16BOOT.html"> is right </A> to recommend a closer working relationships between American and Iraqi security forces. But before expressing my delight with the administrations's decision to trust the Iraqis, may I suggest using our mega bombs on ammunition dumps. Why precisely are we guarding those dumps instead of bombing them? The notion that are soldiers should die in order to save the dumps for future Iraqi army use is beyond comprehension. <P>By the way, both CIA and the American armed forces are routinely underestimating the capabilities of local forces. Remember how the CIA dragged its feet in arming the Northern alliance in Afghanistan? Our refusal to believe the documents we captured which detailed Saddam's plan to continue fighting a guerrilla war is costing us dearly. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1903
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THE EUROPEAN UNION IS THE TERRORISTS BEST FRIEND!"
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Body: Pity, their efforts were not appreciated by Taliban who murdered the French young woman in Afghanistan <a href="http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=799400&tw=wn_wire_story"> today.</A><P>Yes, neither UN mandate not NATO immune from Jihadist"resistance." <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1904
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: "AFGHANI AND IRAQI WOMEN" DO BETTER. IRANIAN WOMEN GET LASHED.
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Body: "Afghan women make political gain" because"at least 64 women will be part of next month's national assembly, which will shape the country's constitution". Not bad, if I say so myself. For more <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1114/p06s02-wosc.html"> click here </a><P>"The vital voice of Iraqi women" is also heard in the <A href="http://www.iht.com/articles/117839.html"> land and by the American officials. </A> Iraqi women are also writing books like"The Daughter of Iraq" detailing their experiences under the Saddam regime though a world busy condmening the US for liberating them would rather not listen. <P>I know, I know. Everything is not all better. But as I noted in an <A href="http://hnn.us/articles/518.html"> HNN article </A><blockquote>Bush Jr., went to war to fight terrorism and not to force the Muslem world to treat their women as fellow human beings. The war is far from over and victory is not yet assured. Still, it has already become clear that if the American war in Afghanistan is going to be considered a just war, it is going to be because it enabled Afghani women to claim their place in the sun. The demise of the Taliban meant that Afghanis turned on their television and saw a woman anchoring the news. It also led Laura Bush to become the first First Lady to give a presidential radio address, committing the only superpower to the promotion of the rights of women. Hence, a call for the expulsion of women from intellectual, economic and political life will be tantamount to the espousal of slavery, racism or anti-Semitism. A subject once debatable, is now self evident. </blockquote> Of course, just as with anti-Semitism, vigilence is of essence. <P>In the meantime, in Quenteen Peel's exemplar of democracy, <A href="http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=19741&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs">"Seven Iranian women </A> in the southwestern city of Shiraz were sentenced to 50 lashes each for undermining strict Islamic codes during the holy month of Ramadan, a hardline paper reported Saturday." <P>In Jordan relatives ar entitled to kill female relatives who"dishonor" their families by dating a man of which the family disapproves. This enlightned Queen Nur Americans love to faun over is NOT leading the charge for a change in the law! <P>Its time feminists stopped their" crime of silence" on the treatment of Muslim women. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1905
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: DISSING DEMOCRACY
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Body: US Secretary of State congratulates Yossi Beilin for trying to undermine his own democratically elected government's foreign policy. Imagine Jimmy Carter cutting a deal opposed by the Bush administration with the North Korean Secretary of information in Paris and having Putin send him a letter of congratulation and encouragement. <p>Thomas L. Friedman argues that the"house of Sharon and the House of Saud" need each other. I will set aside the ludicrous idea that the House of Saud can legitimize anything in the Moslem world. The more important notion is Friedman's contempt for democracy apparent in the manner in which he equates the elected and reelected Israeli prime minister with an autocratic king. But, then, both are"Progressives" who apparently do not believe in democracy because the people refuse to follow their recommendations as to the"right" people to elect or the"right" policies to follow. <p>In today's Financial times Quentin Peel gives the Palestinian authority (where Mahmoud Abas, the former prime minister, left politics because he was afraid for his life and said so publicly!) and Iran (where the people have decided to stop voting after realizing that their votes meant nothing) as examples of the right kind of democratization in the Middle East. <p>Their ideal is the democratically deficient European Union where elites wine, dine and rule without paying any attention to the will of their people. After all, democracy was as alien to much of Europe as it is today to much of the Middle East. It was brought there by American guns! On their own Europeans preferred to kill each other and, most especially, kill Jews. <P>In fact, just as the Moslem Middle East refuses to accept a Jewish state in their midst, Christian Europe refuses to accept Muslim Turkey in their Midst. Muslims know it and are angry. <p>Europeans try to deflect that anger towards Israel and the US, blaming one for the Palestinian misery (caused in part by the Arab and European support for their self appointed billionaire leader named Arafat) and the other for the lack of democracy in the Middle East. But, alas, post 9/11 America is no longer willing to accept that role and does not even force Israel to accept it. It is a small wonder that Europeans, like the Middle Eastern tyrants, consider them threats to peace. <p>After all, Jews have been the chosen sacrificial lamb in Europe for generation. It was DeGaulle who told Eban before the Six Day War that Israel had a case but her existence did not merit endangering the world with a world war. A Jewish state which refuses to be sacrificed is a threat to peace. And Diaspora Jews like Friedman and Soros (whose power and notoriety can also be said to inflame anti-Semitism) who try to redirect European anger towards their Israeli brethren help to legitimize the European anti-Semites. <p>The real parallel is between the House of Friedman, the House of Powell, the House of Peel and the House of Saud. Democracy is an anathema to them all and paying ransom to murderers their one size fits all solution. <p>With friends like these, who needs enemies! <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1906
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THE ONGOING BATTLE BETWEEN THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO EGYPT AND THE EGYPTIAN MEDIA
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Body: Egyptian newspaper complain that the American ambassador interferes in Egypt's internal affair. Why? because he complains about their post 9/11 conspiracy theories and their glorification of suicide bombers. Click <a href="http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/664/eg3.htm"> here </A> to read all about it and remember - Mubarak appoints all the editors! <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1907
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SAUDIS AND JORDANIANS DESERVED TO DIE
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Body: The recent bombing in Riad ignited a fierce debate in the Islamist world. Terrorist groups like Hammas who depnd on Saudi largesse condemn the bombing while others support it because Arabs who live in countries which supported the war on Iraq <a href="like http://www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=8677&TagID=2">"deserve to die" </A> in the same manner that people who live in the West do. <P><!--endFragment--><P>