Archive for December 8, 2005
“Terrorism Expert” (former comander of the Labanese Forces militia, although that is stricken out of his c.v.) Walid Phares on Angry Arab. One of my students at UC, Berekely sent me this email:“Hi As`ad, D. and I had a maddening experience today with Walid Phares. Through the grapevine I found out that he would be [...]
“A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long, a Swedish newspaper reported.” (But not all of the names are Muslim/Arab sounding. Only 79,999 are.)
How dare you second-guess US armed personnel? “Air marshals knew man was mentally ill before opening fire”. Oh, and “Eyewitness: “I Never Heard the Word ‘Bomb’””.
In addition to the stupid things that Hamas and Islamic Jihad do and say, they insist on announcing the names of those who launch (the stupid suicide) attacks in their names. Thus, they lead Israel to rush to punish their families. How dumb is that?
Joseph Samahah, my favorite Arab columnist, was in Dubai at a media forum. He said this about the state of the media: “On the eve of Hariri’s assassination, there were no taboos on the Lebanese press overall. The evidence was in the press serving as a platform for the Syrian opposition, and its writers who [...]
Those leaders look insincere even when they pray. I mean, they look most insincere when they pray.
Yesterday, another Iraqi reacted to Bush’s “liberation” of his country.
Tell this to Mehlis. In this interview with Rafiq Hariri’s son, Baha’ (who was prohibited by Prince Salman from succeeding his father in political leadership) here denies that his father had received any threats before his assassination. This interview was conducted days after Hariri’s assassination and was not even mentioned in the Mehlis report. Is [...]
International Crisis Group’s Report on Lebanon: Biases and Fu’ad Makhzumi. (Fuad Makhzumi, for potato’s sake???). I have just finished reading the new International Crisis Group report on Lebanon. Ã™â€¹What can I say? I read Western writings on Lebanon, with very low expectations. But I must say that this report is less bad than other things [...]
Hariri Interior Minister watches a “show” by the riot control police of Lebanon. Are you not scared? I wish that they train their sketch artists instead.
“Misplaced Europeans”: In one dispatch by the New York Times during the Batata Revolution, a correspondent expressed perplexity that some Lebanonese nationalists seem to him to consider themselves “misplaced Europeans.” Today, the Lebanese Forces right-wing sectarian militia, formed a committee to organize the group. All members have “Western” names. Are they not superior? They are: [...]
Child of “liberation”. She was born in the women’s prison in Baghdad.
His relative was shot by Israeli occupation troops. As you know, Israel does not have the death penalty. It prefers to kill Arabs without a trial or due process. For Zionism, why bother when you can kill at will.
When Lebanese columnist Joseph Samahah speaks, I listen. Here he talks about the mass graves.
FBI Director is visiting Beirut. Why? He said that he just wanted to share “scientific” knowledge with the Lebanese police. Is that not nice? He performed some scientific experiments, and then gave a lecture about physics and chemistry in the “new” Middle East.
International Division of Labor in the new Lebanon: the French ambassador today visited the most distinguished Lebanese civil war criminal, Samir Ja`ja` (who has ceased using soaps and deodorants since his jail experience), while the US ambassador visited Amin Gemayyel. After the visit, the latter ambassador spoke with a picture of Pierre Gemayyel behind him. [...]
It is really a pure coincidence that the Syrian government suddenly started finding and killing Islamist militants as US pressures on it mounted. Oh, and it was also a pure coincidence that the Syrian government announced its eagerness to resume negotiations with Israel. Ya.
US government has praised Egyptian “election” reforms. Here, Egyptians cast ballots under the new election rules of Mubarak.
Is that not nice? A US soldier marks yet another “liberated” Iraqi.
“Rice’s latest comments left much unclear. She did not try to define banned prisoner interrogation measures or specify what, in the American view, constitutes cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. She also did not address restrictions imposed by the torture convention on U.S. security contractors.”