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ID: 1961
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: SADDAM CAPTURED
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Body: Thank G-d. It is a day to rejoice. We deserved it and so do coalition forces, Iraqis of good will and our resolute President. He did not have an easy time recently but he bore it with great dignity. I think we can and will trust him with our lives another four years. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1962
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: NOW WE KNOW WHY SADDAM HAD ABU NIDAL KILLED
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Body: On August 19, 2002, Iraq announced the death of arch-terrorist Abu Nidal. No one mourned him and his death was perceived as a concilliatory gesture by Saddam. If the new <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/12/14/wterr14.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/12/14/ixportaltop.html"> document </A> unearthed by the Iraqi governmental coucil is to be believed, and I think it is, NOW WE KNOW. Lori Milroy and the Chechs were right. Saddam was behind 9/11 just as he was behind the first bombing of the trade center and the bombing in Oklahoma City. <P>Poor NYT, only today it tried to put that"bogus" connection to rest. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1963
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THE END OF "UNIPOLAR" FRANCO-GERMAN EUROPE?
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Body: Only the 68 generation could have been stupid enough to believe that Europe has not only forgiven but also forgotten. How could Villepin and Ficsher not realize that nothing could frighten Europeans (especially Eastern Europeans) more than a Franco-German-Russian entnete. They like to talk about American hubris, but only super-hubris could have made Schroder forget that it is American presence that makes Germany paltable to the rest of Europe. <P>This is not a total defeat. But a United Europe needs the US support. Germany and France jumped the gun and paid the price. Germany should have learned from Japan. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1964
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: FIRST JAPAN DECIDES TO HELP US IN IRAQ AND THEN MOVES TO COURT SOUTHEAST ASIA
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Body: <p>Japan may not have atoned publicly for its W.W.II transgressions, but it understands just how nervous she still makes her Asian neigbors feel. So, first she demonstrate what a good and trustworthy American ally she is and then embarks on quest to enhance her influence in Southeast Asia. The 1000 her 'cool' prime minister is sending to Iraq, are an excellent investment in Japan's future. Bravo.
ID: 1965
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: NAZI GUERRILLAS
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Body: I urge you to try to catch the new History Channel documentary on <i>Nazi Guerrillas. </I> The brutality with which the remnants of Hitler supporters were supressed by Russians, French, British and Americans (the order is deliberate) is unimaginable today. Yet, the looting, attacks on collaborators, supply lines, occcupation soldiers and judges continued for three years. We should have studied the matter before we went into Iraq. <P>More interesting was the allied decision to downplay the terrorism to avoid creating martyrs. I wonder if we could ask the papers not to publicize every bombing. <P>Ultimately, the allies won because the Germans had enough war. <P>If the following article be believed, so do the Iraqis. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1966
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: BARRY RUBIN ON LIBERAL ARABS
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Body: I'm now working on a book about liberal Arabs, meaning those who struggle for democracy, human rights, and moderating reforms in the Arab world. When I tell people this the usual response is that it must be a short book. <p>Actually, there is a lot of material. What is astonishing, though, is how few people are represented, both among these advocates and the number of those supporting them. It is startling--but typical of Middle East studies--that in an era when the U.S. government has made supporting democracy in the Middle East its main priority and key theme in the Iraq war, there has been no comprehensive survey or assessment of this faction. <p>Equally startling is how weak the liberal forces remain. There is no great liberal theorist or reform advocate who galvanizes people in the Arab world, no major original book which provides a manifesto for moderation, and no powerful political party or movement pushing for democratic change. Outside of Kuwait, there is arguably no organized liberal grouping at all. Though some Western observers--motivated both by wishful thinking and beliefs that a moderate triumph is inevitable--magnify each individual action, there just isn't that much to talk about. <p>This reality does not detract from the heroism of reform advocates. On the contrary, it makes their courage even more impressive because the odds against them are so stupendous. Yet it seems more realistic to call the liberals an endangered species rather than an ever-growing wave of the future. <p>Indeed, I would suggest that contrary to what many people are saying the following remarkable fact is true: <p>Middle East has been more effective at exporting authoritarian and extremist thought to the West than the West has been in exporting democratic thinking to the Middle East. <p>Look, for example, at the global wave of anti-Semitism; the wacky views of the region held by so many in Europe and America; the intellectuals who apologize for terrorism; media coverage which becomes increasingly bizarre; radical Islamist activities in Europe; and the way that Middle East studies are taught in university classrooms. <p>Who is having more impact on whom? <p>But back to liberal Arab intellectuals. I don't want to list here all the Arab world's political, economic, and social disasters of the Arab world in the last half-century. One should not have to be a genius to see how the existing systems and dominant ideologies--both radical Arab nationalism and revolutionary Islamism--have failed. Equally, the region's poor performance of the region compared to others and its falling behind in almost every index for measuring progress have been amply documented. <p>And what is the alternative response? A few hundred, at most, Arab intellectuals writing columns and op ed pieces with devastating critiques of these problems and a much larger degree of private muttering about how rotten the situation is for the Arabs today. Yet this compares to powerful regimes with giant armies and massive Islamist movements with many tens of thousands of followers. <p>Why is this so? Some of the reasons are apparent: for example, the strength of repression and relative lack of democratic experience in the Arab world (though a half-century ago there were many elected parliaments there). Nationalism and religion were often forces pressing for democracy in the West while in the Middle East they are aligned against it. <p>But if you want to know the secret of why this situation persists it is due to the real WMD (Weapon of Mass Deception) in the Middle East: xenophobic demagoguery. That's a fancy phrase meaning teaching people that everything is the foreigners' fault. It is the systematically exploited hatred of the West in general and of Israel and the United States in particular that is the most effective tool of the Arab regimes and their Islamist opponents. <p>The problem is not that the Arab-Israeli conflict should be solved (though that would be a wonderful thing) but that those in power--and that goes for the Palestinian leadership as well--will not let it be resolved. Such an outcome would be too politically dangerous for them. <p>As for the liberal Arab critique of all this, it is as fascinating to read as it is frustrating to write. As the liberal columnist Ridha Hilal put it in March 2001,"The calls for democracy and economic prosperity disappeared in favor of the slogan: 'No voice should rise above the voice of battle,' a slogan that returns to our life as if we are forever doomed to wallow in the mud of violence, dictatorship and poverty." (Translation by MEMRI) <p>Or to sum it up even more dramatically, there is a popular song written by an Egyptian entitled,"Better Saddam's Hell than America's Paradise." Nationalism and religion trumps democracy and higher living standards. And even in Iraq, where the dictator is overthrown, the old mental and structural system does not disappear so easily or quickly. <p>Although I do talk periodically about how regional problems, including the Israel-Palestinian conflict, can be solved, readers frequently ask what politicians should do based on the assessments I give in this column. Answering those questions has a place. But the most important point to make repeatedly is this: a lot more harm has been done in the last quarter-century by leaders thinking these issues were too easy rather than too hard to resolve. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1967
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: ATTA COULD HAVE BEEN IN PRAGUE
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Body: I wish I understood the reason the US intelligence agencies are so anxious to prove that Atta could not have met with the Iraqi consul or more widely that there was not connection between Iraq and 9/11. <P>Here is Edward Jay Epstein's careful <A href="http://edwardjayepstein.com/current.htm"> summary </A>of the issue: <P>It is pure invention that the U.S. government has any record or any evidence that Atta was in Virginia Beach on April 8th. 2001 <P>The FBI only has records for April 4, 2001 that show that Atta and his roommate Marwan Al-Shehhi checked out of the Diplomat Inn in Virginia Beach and then cashed a check for $8,000 from al-Shehhi's SunTrust account. The next record of Atta is April 24th, when he is stopped by policeman in Coral Springs, Florida. <P> Between those 20 days, there was only one eyewitness sighting of Atta : a Czech intelligence (BIS) watcher identified him as meeting with al-Ani in Prague on April 8th. <P> The FBI claims that a cell phone Atta had used was used to make calls to Florida in April. But of course a cell phone is not unique to a single person and that cell phone could have been used by his roommate. So, as Tenet testified, there is no evidence precluding Atta from going to Prague under an alias on April 4 (with$8,000) and returning April 9th. <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1968
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: THREE MACROMEDIA FLASH PRESENTATIONS OF MIDDLE EAST HISTORY
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Body: These are interesting Flash “shows” of current terrorist acts and Israel's origins. Excellent for class room use - <P>“The New Anti-Semitism and the Islamic Expansionism”: <a href="http://www.conceptwizard.com/pipeline_of_hatred.html"> Click 1 </A> History in a Nutshell”: <a href="http://198.173.255.220/conen/conflict_2.html"> Click 2 </A> “Nutshell Two”: <a href="http://198.173.255.220/nutoo/nutshell3.html"> Click 3</a><P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1969
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: IF BRITAIN AND FRANCE NEED NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SO DOES ISRAEL
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Body: <i>The Jerusalem Post</i> writes:"Here's a question that must confront every decent Briton this week: If Libya can do it, why not the UK? We are referring, of course, to Libya's recently announced decision to abandon its weapons of mass destruction, including a nuclear program. And we are paraphrasing a headline in The Guardian, which asks, 'If Libya can do it, why not Israel?' In fact, both questions are equally apt, and both merit a similar response. Israel's nuclear option is a function of the failure of the non-proliferation regime, not a source of that failure. Israel is seeking to defend itself, not threaten any other nation. It is the refusal to make a distinction between types of governments, between rogue regimes and those threatened by them, that is the main structural impediment to a successful nuclear non-proliferation regime. Israel, as the country perhaps most threatened by nuclear proliferation, is not just taking a convenient diplomatic position when it says that its preference is a nuclear-free Middle East. In Israel's case, what is needed is to make the region in which we live a less threatening place, in which case we would gladly go the way of those free nations that need no deterrent force, and can invest their limited resources in plowshares, not swords. Until then, if the UK and France need nukes in Europe, we surely need them here." <P><!--endFragment--><P>
ID: 1970
Uid: 9
Author: 0
Category: 40
Title: DECEMBER LOOKS GOOD
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Body: The end of the semester is always hectic, so I have not written much. I suspect my readers do not mind for they are busy too. In any case, let's pray that the unpleasant alert will not mar the good news we have been getting recenly. It looks as if with the capture of Saddam, the turn around of Kaddafi (note he has committed himself to democratic reforms!), the renewal of accomodating noises made by Musharaf not only towards the West but even towards India, and the rethink that is taking place in"old Europe" we can say that we are approaching a tipping point. We deserve it. If only the democratic party came aboard and stopped hoping for the failure of the American enterprise. It is not only morally abnoxious but also politically suicidal. Sad. <P>Happy Holidays. <P><!--endFragment--><P>