A Check-up on the Arab world


The latest state of affairs in the Arab world.

This, at a Jordanian protest against the Israeli massacres in Beit Hanoun: “Long live the steadfast president.”

I say, long live the steadfast people, including Saddam Hussein’s victims.


10 responses to “A Check-up on the Arab world

  1. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to hang for crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single Shiite town, as the ousted leader, trembling and defiant, shouted “God is great!”

    The trial is over, let the appeals begin. So comes the next stage, the appeals. Some will cheer, some will be angry. Some will come up with a conspiracy theory. In the end, it appears to be a tragic end to a tragic story. Yet, it is not the end, but rather the beginning of the end, as the appeal process shall take its course.

    It is now another piece of a violent portion of Middle East history.

  2. In response to a post on another Lebanon blog, where a dear Canadian noticed my postings were “erratic and protagonist”, I feel it is important to be open and transparent and add a disclaimer on this blog also.

    The aftermath of the Iraq-Hezbollah war in combination with Iranian events has caused a change of my support for Hezbollah. In the most simple terms, the linkage of Hezbollah to Iran, combined to President Ahmadinejad’s advocating “a world without America” at his conference, “The World Without Zionism,” and the re-arming of Hezbollah by Iran following the Israel-Hezbollah war, the failure to release captured Israeli soldiers at the conclusion of the conflict, and a video from Palestine Friday prayers I viewed that stated that Islamic people “will rule America,” the only logical choice was to shift my support away from Hezbollah.

    One of my blogs, for the first time ever now contains an “I support Israel” banner. The other contains a link to giyus.org.

    With this disclaimer, as I posted in the other blog, if that means I should not post in this blog I will fully understand, and there shall be no hard feelings on my part. What is horribly strange is that Hezbollah and Iran have succeeded in doing what I would have thought impossible some time ago, creating a logical path that leads to my support of the Bush Administration. A personal invitation to the White House and being showered with gifts could not have accomplished what President Ahmadinejad has accomplished with his actions.

    Logic dictates that I must stand against those who advocate a world without America, and who advocate the will “rule” America, and I must logically shift my support of organizations such States support. I wish peace for the Middle East, and the recent news of six Arab nations seeking nuclear technology give further evidence that even Arab nations are seeing President Ahmadinejad’s Iran as a danger to the Middle East peace.

    Thank you for your time given to this matter.

  3. I don’t think the verdict itself is tragic. Sure, the whole story is, the current occupation of Iraq is, the bloodshed that the U.S gave rise to after arming Saddam, supporting his dictatorship and crimes against humanity, supporting his invasion of Iran, giving him the green light to invade Kuwait, then initiating Gulf War I & II to “liberate” Kuwait & “liberate” Iraq respectively, yeah those are very tragic.

    Saddam deserves this verdict, as do all Arab dictators. But I must add that I do not agree with the manner in which this is being done (if this was what the Americans came to Iraq for, then their mission is complete, no? So they should withdraw as soon as he is hanged), and it smells of hypocrisy if not more…. Actually, Bush and all those (Arabs & non-Arabs – but my reference is mostly to the Americans in leadership, CIA, etc. positions) who supported Saddam throughout all those years, and committed other crimes against humanity should be hanged alongside him… Let us not forget the Iraqi blood on USA’s hands, be it through wars or starvation of the population. Also let us not forget American and European (etc.) complicity in the daily massacres in Palestine, the war on Lebanon, the Shah’s regime in Iran, the spate of murderous bombings prepared and executed by CIA, including the attempted assassination of Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah in the southern suburbs of Beirut in 1985 (which is oddly very similar to the assassination of Hariri), in which 80 civilians were killed, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and all the crimes that ensued, the 1982 carpet-bombing of (west) Beirut, etc.

    The bottom line is that in this region there are no definite friends and definite enemies. Today’s friend may be tomorrow’s enemy, and may have been acting behind your back all the while you considered him your friend. Also, the enemy’s enemy is not the friend (for e.g., the Shi’ites in Iraq do not consider USA their friend because it toppled Saddam’s regime), for the simple reason that the enemy’s enemy (USA) was also at one time their enemy (supporting Saddam), and has gone unpunished for his crimes (all those in the U.S administration who supported Saddam).

    One thing is for sure, USA is doomed both in the region and outside of it, for the very simple fact that it has put into motion the wheels of a global (but not necessarily transnational) movement (Islamism), which, while probably divided in itself and experiencing in-fighting, nevertheless DOES have a common enemy and never loses sight of it. Those who think that the coming elections in the USA will change the face of the region and reverse the development of this global movement against U.S hegemony, should realize that the problem did not start with and is not limited to the current administration, but with a whole set of very wrong policies and motives and intentions. As apocalyptic and exaggerated as it may sound, we are witnessing/living the downfall of an empire.

  4. Changing your principles based on the mumblings of some individual, now that’s the tragic part. I am inclined to say that it merely shows that you had no principles to begin with. Unfortunately, this is how much of American politics works, and how your leaders have manipulated you and brought you thus far and are willing to take you further and deeper into the hole they have dug.

  5. Roxie has plenty of principals. It is the Democrats principals which have changed; not hers! She remains the same person she was before she decided to change some of her votes. On the other hand, this present Democratic party has nothing in common with the party of FDR nad JFK.

  6. Gayle, Roxie, and I are apparently living on different planets. On their planet, the Democrats are dominated by anti-war Islamo-appeasing peaceniks. In the the planet that I live in, I see a a Democratic Party that refuses to get behind a plan to withdraw from Iraq, a Party that is dominated by
    “unwavering supporters”
    of Israel, a Party which unabashedly backed Israel’s assault on Lebanon, a Party whose House Leader says that a war against Iran can’t be taken “off the table”.

    Don’ get me wrong — I hope the Democrats win a congressional majority on Tuesday, because I think the Bush Administration needs to be held accountable for the disaster it created in Iraq, as well as its retrogressive social and economic policies, attacks on civil liberties and overall incompetence. But I have no illusions that it will lead to signifigant change in our disastarous policies on Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Israel-Lebanon, etc. And, contrary to Roxie, the continuation of these policies will be a boon to jihadists over the world.

  7. For more on the Bush Administration as a boon to jihadists:

  8. Roxie has plenty of principals. It is the Democrats principals which have changed; not hers! She remains the same person she was before she decided to change some of her votes. On the other hand, this present Democratic party has nothing in common with the party of FDR nad JFK.
    I have no doubt that she has principals, however, I was talking about PRINCIPLES. 🙂 And someone who moves from one extreme to the other (note: I am not referring to change in partisan support) might have PRINCIPALS, but not PRINCIPLES. 🙂

    As for your accusations of the Democratic party being all that, please check their actions in the past; also check their unwavering support for Israel. This is exactly what I mean when I say that the current situation is not so much the fault of one administration (and definitely this is not to be taken as meaning that the Bush administration is faultless, which seems to me what it was interpreted as!). The current situation is the result of decades of irresponsible policies that were adopted without any vision for the future. In other words, in pursuit of a goal, all other logical analyses were abandoned. This has to do with the general line of foreign policy that the U.S has adopted since WWII. Note that prior to WWII – not to say that the U.S policies in this period cannot be criticized (heck, the U.S was practicing institutionalized discrimination until very late into the 20th century!) – views on the U.S in our region differed significantly from what they are at today: the findings and recommendations of the King-Crane commission indicated the willingness of the overwhelming majority of the population of all of Syria (including Palestine) to be placed under the mandatory power of USA, and not Britain…

  9. Great post, I see racial self-segregation all the time, and I want to investigate the issue more thoroughly.
    I always find something new and interesting every time I come around here – thanks.

  10. The Alawite Regime in Syria is more commonly but wrongly known under the name of the Baath regime. This terminology is wrong since the idea of the Arab Baath died with its founder Michel Aflaq a long time ago. All what is left is a gang of criminals and sectarian haters. Here are the six main points against this despicable regime.This regime is guilty of high treason because:1-it sold the Golan to Israel in exchange for Lebanon2-it allied itself with the Persians in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) against the Arabs3-it declared war on the Palestinian cause and on the Palestinian people, and it committed war crimes and massacres against them in Lebanon4-it brutally occupied Lebanon for 30 years and committed mass murder and massacres against the Lebanese population5-it left Syria in a state of under-development and mass poverty6-and above all, it ruled the Syrian people with the armored fist for more than 35 years by filling the concentration camps of Tadmour and Mazzeh. All while committing acts of mass murder, annihilation (Hama 1982), atrocity, rape, torture, and mass deportation against anyone who dared to speak up against their absolute rule.

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