Archive for September 14, 2007
If you want to know who `Abd-u-s-Sattar (that is how Hanna Batatu used to transliterate following the old system of the Library of Congress–which is the system I favor) Abu Rishah was, read those glowing tributes in Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat (the mouthpiece of Prince Salman).
Syrian deputy foreign minister tells Al-Akhbar that his regime will decide “when and where” to respond to Israeli bombing of Syria. Let me guess: Belgium in the year 2034?
“A decent two-state solution to the ‘Palestinian problem’ has become impossible.” (thanks Ali)
I worry that the bombastic and empty rhetoric of the (increasingly unpopular) Iranian regime on the Palestinian question is only turning away Iranian public opinion from the Palestinian cause. That was exactly what happened under the regime of Saddam Husayn, and it explains why there is very little interest in or sympathy for (by Kurds [...]
If I can get an 8th day in the week, I can devote more time to this blog.
“Giuliani Advisor: Raze Palestinian Villages” (thanks Ken)
Surging…in people’s houses in Iraq. (NYT)
Yesterday, Al-Arabiya TV aired a report about how life is returning to normal in Baghdad. As evidence, they showed an Iraqi man making a purchase at a shop. We call that documentation in academia.
I like it when the sectarian Christian LBC-TV (which is largely owned by Saudi money now) tries to feign sensitivity to Islam during the month of Ramadan.
If you rely on the lousy Iranian regime to counter the lousy Saudi regime you will surely be disappointed. This is like relying on Jibril Rajjub to clean up Fath after Muhammad Dahlan.
Fouad Ajami pays tribute to a dear friend: “I myself fought al Qaeda with my own funds.” (I personally fought the Spanish fascists with my own hands during the Spanish civil war but do you see me bragging?) (thanks G)
You may have watched Nabih Birri on LBC yesterday. Yet again he proves that he just can’t burn bridges to any side in Lebanon. It is very important for him to stay as speaker of parliament. Oh, and he as usual paid tribute to Saudi Arabia. This week, his designated Shi`ite deputy chairperson of the [...]