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ID: 1941
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: APPEASERS THEN AND NOW
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Body: I rarely include my postings on h-diplo in the blog. But this one I think is of general interest - <P>Someone asked:"Can this generation learn from the Philippines and Indochina, the perils of a new war in the Middle East?" <P>This is my answer - <P>This is the generation of 9/11 that just like the generation of Pearl Harbor has learned the perils of inaction and is rediscovering the importance of distinguishing between the shortcomings of democracy and the evil brought about by tyrants possessed of a virulent ideology. I have recently came across a fascinating book called <I>Conscript Europe</I> written by Randolph Leigh (Eisenhower wrote the preface to his following book) in 1938. It is described in the back cover thus: <P><blockqute>This book shows how utterly alien the whole European Concept of today is to the American ideal - how futile it is to try to search out any nation there which embodies enough of our philosophy to justify re-rescuing it. <P>It is not any-British, though it shows England's oligarchy in the acts of despoiling its own lower classes and reducing much of Africa and Asia to peonage. <P>It is not anti-French, though it describes France's decay under her post-War mendicancy and under her dissolving social discipline. It is not pro-German, though it shows why Hitler's hard rule is possible and how it may remake Europe. <P>If this book must be classified as pro or anti anything in Europe, it might be said that it is anti the whole predatory pack now dominant there - even in Holy Albion. </blockquote><P>What is striking in this"isolationist" book is the inordinate harshness with which Leigh judges the democracies as compared to his refusal to enumerate the sins of what he calls dictatorships. There is no entry for concentration camps,"people's courts," anti-Semitism, brain washing. In other words, Leigh showed the same disinterest in the atrocities of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini as the opponents of the Vietnam war showed in the atrocities of Chinese, North Vietnamese or Soviet dictatorships and the same disinterest that the opponents of the war in Iraq show in the atrocities of the Baath, the Taliban or the North Korean Communists. <P>Leigh ends his book with a chapter called"If Germany wins" in which he ignores Hitler's racist ideology and ridicules the French and British argument that"only 'seasoned' democracies can be trusted to exercise a tolerant despotism over lower civilizations - at a price." Indeed, he predicts that France will conquer and rule Belgium in the same manner that Germany will conquer and rule Poland or the Sudeten land. It ends thus - <P><blockquote>A ruthless policy of German expansion, therefore, carried to the point of approximate satisfaction without any serious loss to a single great power might reduce the number of European nations, or major nations and their satellites, to only ten or so. Out of the situation, ironically enough, there might come a revival of the League of Nation, or a United States of Europe on the model of the old Briand dream. Fewer and fatter nations might federate enough to find a way to increase European trade, genuinely reduce armaments and lower taxes. <P>But, at best, it would be a costly federation and temporary peace. Once thoroughly restored and refreshed, Europe would go back to her great passion - - free-booting at home and abroad.</blockquote><P>Clearly, designating Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, as evil and an imminent danger was deemed as unsophisticated in the nineteen thirties as so designating Mao, Ho, Pol Pot was in nineteen seventies or Saddam, Bin Laden, Khameini and Kim is today. Pity. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1942
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THE LIES OF GENEVA by Shlomo Avineri
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Body: Shlomo Avineri is a loyal laborite political scientist who spent years working as senor diplomatic advisor to labor governments. He supported Oslo. He obviously does not support Geneva. Here is <a href="http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=19061"> the reason why </A> His most convincing argument is <P><blockquote>A careful reading of the document shows that in the matter of the refugee problem and certain other matters Israel will in effect be placed under the supervision of an"implementation" group and a commission comprising not only the U.N., the U.S., Russia and the European Union, but also the Arab states. In effect, Israel will cease to be a sovereign country regarding substantive matters and will turn into a kind of international mandated territory. It is clear why this is not being told to the public. <P>Not only the Arab refugees will be entitled to compensation, but also some Arab countries - for the expenses they incurred in"hosting" the refugees since 1948. The Israelis public has not been told this. It also has not been told that the agreement speaks of developing"appropriate ways of memorializing the [Arab] villages and communities that existed before 1949." <P>Who would by a used car from these people? Not I.</blockquote><P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1943
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: POOR UN AND POOR FRENCH- THE ISLAMISTS REFUSE TO SEE IT AS IMPARTIAL
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Body: "The UN is just as oppressive to Muslims as the US and UK" insist <a href="http://www.khilafah.com/home/category.php?DocumentID=8783&TagID=24"> the Islamists.</A> Here is the nub of their argument: <P><blockquote>It is also flawed, as some of the left have argued, that we need a greater role for the UN in Iraq. In addition to the US and the UK, the other veto carrying members of the Security Council all have chequered histories when it comes to dealing with the Islamic world. At the same time that the US and the UK lose hearts, minds and other body parts through the use of F16s, laser guided missiles and oppressive checkpoints, the Russian President carries on his unprecedented butchery in Chechnya. The French who opposed the war, not only oppress Muslim women for wearing the headscarf, but their colonialism and the use of repression in North Africa still lives fresh in recent memory. All the permanent members of the Security Council share the same philosophy to foreign policy that the US and the UK have - the achievement of their national interests and those of their respective corporations. The UN is no honest broker; its credibility is in tatters following the Iraq war, and its sanctions in the 1990s killed more than half a million Iraqis, most of them young children. There are certainly no white knights on the UN Security Council!</blockquote><P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1944
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SYRIA IS FERMENTING TROUBLE IN IRAQ
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Body: The US refuses to admit that its Iraqi troubles originate in Syria for fear that the American people demand action. But <a href="http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD62003"> the editor of Kuwaiti Daily argues that Syria's Secret Service is Behind the 'Iraqi Resistance.'</A><P>Why is Assad willing to risk all? Because argues on reporter <P><blockquote>The [current] Syrian regime has no place in a changing [reality]... Anyone who desires power... and regional status at the international level must [first] possess power at the domestic level. Is the Syrian regime strong in its own country? Tyranny and repression by police and the secret service are not considered signs of power. If Syria imagines that brutality and ruling by apparatuses and domestic terror qualify it to take on a regional role, [it is mistaken]. In this era of liberty... these are no longer recognized as qualifications for [legitimate rule]. Is the Syrian regime economically strong? Has it built a common denominator - even with a single Syrian citizen - such as creating employment opportunities or safeguarding human dignity...?</blockquote><P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1945
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: MOHAMMAD ATTA’S DECISIVE MEETING
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Body: Their is a wierd parallel between the intelligence community denial of a connection between an Iraqi connection to Oklahoma City and the first and second WTC bombings. The person the Checks insist Atta met <a href="http://www.worldpress.org/Europe/1684.cfm"> is in America hands</A>. Is it possible he was a double agent and hence the CIA insistant denial? After all, the fear that admitting a connection may force the President to overthrow Saddam no longer exists. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1946
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: LESSONS FROM SAMARRA
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Body: The good news from Samara is that the US army stopped being exclusively reactive. It has never cleared Samara and in the past, it has not only tried to complete its mission but has also be known to retreat. This time it made the enemy pay a price. <P>That's good but that is ALL. Samara is still an unliberated enemy ground. Why? because reporter found all over town graffiti warning that the"houses of those collaborating with the enemy will be destroyed." Mahmoud Muhammad, the American appoint chief of police told the Financial Times,"Were the French happy under the Nazis?" He is afraid either afraid or extremely hostile, in either case, he should be fired. It is one thing to point out the inevitable problems of living under the rule of others, it is another to compare the Americans to the Nazis. Even the Bremer administration should have some red lines. But more importantly, can you imagine what it would be like to hold caucuses in Samamra? Only a dim bureaucrat could have put together the"selection" chart printed in the NYT. It is not difficult to imagine the bullets which are sure to fly around those daring to participate in the cumbersome process. <P>Ayatolla Sistani is right. Elections may not yield desirable results but the anonymity of the voting booth is bound to help. At least, those elected will feel dependent on the electorate. Those selected are bound to be viewed as merely"semi-legitimate," undermine liberals by demonstrating that the US still fears real Arab democracy and help Islamist and tyrants who argue that the real Arab choice is between their own bastards and American appointed bastards. Those selected are sure likely to resemble Mahmoud Muhammad, fearful and dependent on thugs with guns. <P>I do not worry that the US will not stay the course, it is an elephant, it moves laboriously slowly but it has demonstrated time and again that it will stay the course. Those who assume the Bush's defeat will end the American commitment to the democratization of the Middle East are as wrong as those Cubans who believe that a new, more amenable American policy is in the offing. Note, Hillary Clinton's demand for more troops for Iraq and Afghanistan. At issue is merely the cost to the US, the Middle East and the world. As in all wars, the shorter, the cheaper. <P>In other words, the selection process is bound to make the"long, hard slog" unnecessarily, longer and harder. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1947
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THIS IS THE REPORT EU TRIED TO SUPRESS
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Body: <p>Thank God for the internet. The EU refused to publish <a href="http://www.crif.org./index.php?menu=5&dossier=33&id_doss=2021"> this report. </A> Luckily both the European Jewish Congress and Daniel Cohn-Bandit put it on their website. Unfortunately it confirms what we all know. <P><blockquote>Some commentators discuss the possible influence of the mass media on an escalation of anti-Semitic incidents. The question at issue is whether this escalation was merely an agenda setting effect of the daily media coverage of the violence in the Middle East or whether the reporting itself had an anti-Semitic bias. – The Jewish communities regarded the one-sidedness, the aggressive tone of the reporting on Israeli policy in the Middle East conflict and references to old Christian anti-Jewish sentiments as problematic. – The country reports (Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden) list some cases of anti-Semitic arguments or stereotypes (cartoons) in the quality press, but only very few systematic media analyses are available. Anti-Semitic reporting can mainly be found in the far-right spectrum of the European press. – One study of the German quality press (see country report on Germany) concludes that the reporting concentrated greatly on the violent events and the conflicts and was not free of anti-Semitic clichés; at the same time this negative view also applies to the description of the Palestinian actors. The report on Austria identified anti-Semitic allusions in the far right press. – Observers point to an “increasingly blatant anti-Semitic Arab and Muslim media”, including audiotapes and sermons, in which the call is not only made to join the struggle against Israel but also against Jews across the world. Although leading Muslim organisations express their opposition to this propaganda, observers assume that calling for the use of violence may influence readers and listeners. </blockquote>
ID: 1948
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: WHAT SYRIAN RESPECT MEANS
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Body: A few years ago Turkey got fed up with the Syrian aid and comfort to Kurdish terrorist and it not only gave Syria an ultimatum but placed a serious number of troop on the Syrian border. Syria relented. This time Turkey did not have to repeat the excercise. <a href="http://www.newsday.com/sns-ap-turkey-bombings,0,5421030.story?coll=ny-top-headlines"> Syria turned over 22 terrorists. </A><P>Shouldn't the US learn something from the Turkish experience? <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1949
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: GOOD NEWS - THE VOICE OF LIBERALISM IS HEARD IN EGYPT
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Body: The Egyptian media gurus are unhappy. Their monopoly of putrid anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is being challenged. <a href="http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/666/eg6.htm"> Press Wars </A> tells the story in the manner reminiscent of a <i>nation</I> story about the rise of FOX news. Fortunately, it does reports the shockingly"heretic" positions of the new weekly: <P><blockquote>I am not being treasonous to my Egyptian values," Adeeb said,"if I come out and advocate modernisation and enlightenment in order to help us get rid of our psychological complexes. We cannot stop thinking or coming up with real Egyptian initiatives for reform just because it coincides with what the West or what Americans or anybody else is saying." <P>Adeeb said the paper was"examining national causes, and serving the idea of reform. We believe in reform, we are calling for reform, and we find liberal ideas to be the right objective." <P>Does this include presenting pro-American and pro-Israeli ideas, especially regarding sensitive issues like the American occupation of Iraq and normalisation with Israel?"Everybody is welcome to offer his ideas," Adeeb said,"and we will talk to everyone and anyone. The issue is not who you are talking to, but what you are talking about, and how you are conducting your dialogue." <P>"Normalisation is not against any law. We have a peace treaty with Israel, and diplomatically, we have embassies. Common sense tells us that we have three possibilities: either they are our enemy; or we are neutral; or friends. In all three cases, you have to understand what they are doing. And understanding is not adopting views," said Adeeb. </blockquote><P>memri.com has similar good news. We are making progress. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1950
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: KYOTO AND EU STABILIZATION PACT
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Body: Is it possible that the ease with which Germany and France ignored the EU stabilization pact convinced Putin that he has nothing to lose by making the environmentalists happy? After all, not living up to signed commitments is an acceptable behavior in Europe. It is a small wonder that the Europeans do not get excited when Saddam, the Ayatollas or the North Koreans fail to abide by their international commitment. These leader merely follow the European example. <P>If Europeans remain hostile to American efforts to democratize the Middle East, it is because they are doing their best to bureaucratize Europe. As I heard Anatol Lieven argue at a Carnegie instititue discussion. Modernization does not mean democracy, human rights or private property. It means bureaucracy and infra-structure. That is the reason that as Delcan Galney argues in a recent FPRI.org paper, EUROPE'S CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY is A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. Why? Because <P><blockquote>The draft constitution represents the political bureaucracy's attempt to consolidate its hold over the decision-making process in the EU, which affects Europeans' daily lives in fundamental ways. Should it come to pass, the constitution would call for a presidential head of Europe, in the role of the president of the European Council, who will have global recognition as president of the Union, in whose election the people will have no say. Their vote and opinion are neither required nor desired. </blockquote><P><!--endFragment--><P>