Archive for May, 2007
“A UK government file on the crisis, released from the National Archives, contains a claim that Israel itself was behind the hijacking. An unnamed contact told a British diplomat in Paris that the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) collaborated to seize the plane. The [...]
For those who wonder. Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat gives very prominent coverage of mini-Hariri. His statements are often headlines. The reason is this: when Rafiq Hariri died, the House of Saud met and agreed that Prince Salman is officially designated to run the Hariri family (politically)–I am not making this up. It was Prince Salman who told [...]
Today, I dug out texts of press conferences and speeches by King Husayn from 1970 during Black September. Uncanny (wait. I don’t think that I have used that word before. Uncanny). As you may expect, he sounded like the Lebanese leaders today.
As for as the coverage of the Nahr Al-Barid is concerned, only As-Safir and Al-Khbar have been raising questions and offering criticisms. Only those two have covered the Palestinian civilian suffering. As for TV, they have done a lousy job. It is akin to US media when Mr. Bush invaded Iraq. AlJazeera’s Bushra `Abd-As-Samad has [...]
Politicians in Lebanon keep talking about the “need to restore the prestige” of the Lebanese Army. At the expense of the civilian population? Also, spare us all the agony. This is an army that never had prestige and will never have it, unless it decides to defend Lebanon against Israeli aggression–and to do so in [...]
“The beginning of my own sense of separation from the Bush administration came in January 2005, when the president declared that it is now the policy of the United States to eradicate tyranny in the world, and that the survival of American liberty is dependent on the liberty of every other nation. This was at [...]
Billy Graham. Now that is an explicable phenomenon that somebody like me, who has lived here for 24 years, will never understand. Here was somebody who blessed racial segregation, and railed against the civil rights movement. Here was a man who used to sit with Richard Nixon and engage in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories (read the [...]
Dahlan clone in Lebanon, Sultan Abu Al-`Aynayn, slipped on Al-Arabiya TV tonight. He referred to Lebanese Army’s “indiscriminate bombardment” (“qasf `ashwa’i”) of the camps. Hariri Inc may withhold payments.
I am watching live footage of Lebanese Army attacks on the Nahr Al-Barid camp. The bombing seems more intense. Al-Balad newspaper reported that the US military shipments of arms and ammunitions have just arrived to the Army. It is odd, in a sense. In the summer, I had to watch as Israeli bombed Lebanon on [...]
From Lebanese poet Khalil Hawi (my translation):“That light in his eyes has certainly died,Heroism will not rescue him, nor will the humiliation of prayer.”
Today, the Lebanese Army commander-in-chief even “visited the front.” He even was seen aboard a Lebanese aircraft carrier. The Lebanese press spoke about Sulayman visiting “advanced positions” “of the “front.” In any country that respects itself, this would be a matter that would be resolved in a police action. We are talking about a small [...]
“One man carried a McDonald’s bag into the lavatory, and “another man, upon returning from the lavatory, reeked strongly of what smelled like toilet bowl chemicals.”” OK, let me explain. In Middle East culture, it is customary to drink detergents and toilet bowl chemicals. It is considered a favorite snack in fact. But talking about [...]
Michael Ledeen has been urging for war on Iran. He promises you it will be a cakewalk.
When you think about some of the people who get to be presidents of the US. In the diaries of Ronald Reagan which have just been published: he reveals his biggest source of worry about the Middle East. It was Armageddon: I kid you not. For 8 years, this man was the most powerful person [...]
“The Saudi Arabian prisoner who apparently committed suicide at Guantanamo Bay this week was being held in isolation in the maximum-security Camp Five section.”
Oh, yeah. Another brilliant idea by an Israel. She will reach the Arab minds and hearts through Mrs. Jalala Talabani. “Talabani and Livni spent several minutes discussing the peace process while they participated in a panel on the topic. In discussion with Talabani, Livni described the situation faced by residents of Sderot in Israel’s south, [...]
“The Assault on Reason is, like much of what Gore has said over the years, essentially truthful. It is also the apparent product of a man desperate to display his erudition at every possible moment, appropriate or not. Virtually every major figure in the history of political theory turns in a cameo appearance, often making [...]
Even journalists with the state press give them hell: “Q: From this vantage point in Cairo it seems that the present crisis in Israel began with Israeli aggression against Lebanon. Could that crisis lead to further aggression against Lebanon?”
Fanatical Salafis. The thing about fanatical salafis is that they are still as obsessed with the specter of leftism as they were during the golden years of the Left. Today, Fath-Al-Islam gang made it very clear that they would not accept any mediation that include members of leftist Palestinian organizations.
Here is a Jewish fatwawawawa: “All civilians living in Gaza are collectively guilty for Kassam attacks on Sderot, former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu has written in a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Eliyahu ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive [...]