Israel Gets Real on Iran

October 16, 2008

The distinction between the apocalyptic rhetoric Israeli leaders use publicly in relation to Iran, and the more pragmatic view they hold among themselves on how to deal with Tehran and its nuclear program, has long been clear to anyone paying very close attention. In short, it’s clear that many of Israel’s key leaders don’t believe Iran is a suicidal ideologically-crazed regime that would risk destroying itself in order to destroy Israel, and therefore that even a nuclear-armed Iran would not be an “existential threat” to Israel, although clearly it would present a major strategic challenge by fundamentally reordering the balance of military force in the region.  >>>>>


October 14, 2008

“The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.  Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House…

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.” >>>>>

While there is report that Obama’s camp is distancing itself from the statement, its probably moreso due to trying not to muddy waters more than about his convictions.  There is nothing wrong with what Jesse Jackson said.  However, the truth does seem to hurt.  Compared with the ‘Schlep’ talk all day, what’s wrong with putting the U.S. before any other nation; and dealing justly with other nations, even though we hold special favor of one over another?

Obama Camp Rejects Jackson’s Claim That He Would Diminish ‘Zionist’ Influence

October 14, 2008

“As he has made clear throughout his career and throughout this campaign, Barack Obama has a fundamental commitment to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship … As president, he will ensure that Israel can defend itself from every threat it faces, stand with Israel in its quest for a secure peace with its neighbors, and use all elements of American power to end Iran’s illicit nuclear program. >>>>>

This article is extremely biased as Iran doesn’t have an “illicit nuclear program.”  This sounds like projection of Israel’s position on its nuclear arsenal; which by virtually all standards of other nations outside of the U.S. and Israel, is illicit.  In the very same paragraph, the Obama camp seems to back off of Israel by noting that the U.S. and Israel are inseparable, regardless of deeds.  This is pretty ironic, and not very democratic from a nation that places rule of law above any other alliance, legitimate or corrupt.

By the very function of a sovereign nation, the U.S. should place the legitimate interests of its own country before the illegitimate interests of another; or based on a relationship with another.

Lebanon stability scraps Israel’s schemes

October 14, 2008

“The United States as well as the Zionist regime are moving towards downfall and neither one has popularity whatsoever in the Middle East.”

“The Zionist regime has no prestige and weight in Asia, America, Latin America as well as Europe,” he said. >>>>>

Young U.S. Muslims Shift to Democrats This Election

October 13, 2008

The Pew study shows that older Muslim Americans support the military fight against terrorism, especially in Afghanistan, more often than younger Muslim Americans. Duke professor Jen’nan Ghazel Read says this divide is normal. Her research shows that the majority of Muslim Americans, who were born in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, still have a strong connection to their native homelands, despite years of being in this country.  >>>>>

I guess that still makes me young….yippeee!!!

Celebrating criminality

October 11, 2008

“He’s the man who has only done good deeds… He’s the person who is famed for cutting off Palestinians’ heads with a Japanese knife… He’s the man who was born with a knife between his teeth… He’s the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan!” The hall thundered with applause when Rozin announced Dagan as man of the year…

All the journalists who have written on Mossad under Dagan have told how taken Olmert is with the list of operations executed by Mossad. These journalists report that Dagan goes to Olmert’s office every Thursday carrying a list of operations he wants Olmert to approve, and that Olmert approves all of Dagan’s proposals. There is consensus in Israel that Dagan is currently the most influential personality among decision-makers in Tel Aviv, and that due to his achievements, Olmert has twice insisted that his term as head of Mossad be extended.  >>>>>

Islam, Arab-Muslim world in American electoral speech

October 10, 2008

The marginalisation of Islam and Muslims has been spreading industry in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks. It lives on the relative ignorance of the American people in international issues and their sometimes strange relationship to the otherness, this ambivalent and complex relation with the other.

Among Republicans, this policy of fear is one of the major components of the winning electoral strategy since the departure of Bill Clinton. Charlie Black, one of McCain’s gurus, said in the June issue of Forbes magazine that “what we would need, is a good attack”.

In substance, it would be enough to have real or made-up terrorist attacks against American interests for the popularity of the republican candidate to pick up again.  >>>>>

ABC: NSA agents admit spying on Americans’ private calls

October 10, 2008

The Bush administration has repeatedly defended its warrantless surveillance of Americans as being directed only against “people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations.”

Now two intercept operators who worked for the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon in Georgia have come forward to tell ABC News that isn’t true.  >>>>>

Khudari deplores Israel for barring doctors from entering Gaza

October 9, 2008

GAZA, (PIC)– MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, strongly denounced Wednesday the IOA for barring a medical delegation from the 1948 occupied lands from entering the Gaza Strip, saying that Israel wants to prevent any efforts to help the Gaza people.

In a press release received by the PIC, MP Khudari stated that the delegation is from the organization of physicians for human rights and was intending to perform surgeries and provide medical consultations for patients. >>>>>

Cambodia’s Muslims as geopolitical pawns

October 8, 2008

PHNOM PENH – Competition for influence in Cambodia, recently seen as a two-country race between the United States and China, has now seen another deep-pocketed suitor emerge: petrodollar-rich Gulf states.

While Washington has required counter-terrorism cooperation for its assistance, and Beijing has sought greater access to markets, Middle Eastern countries seem keen to build religious ties with Cambodia’s Muslim Cham minority.  >>>>>

Playing Palestinians off Against Each Other

October 7, 2008

Now, however, and judging by its behavior, Israel seems comfortable with Hamas’ control over Gaza. In addition to undermining Palestinian aspirations for independence and statehood, the split between Hamas in Gaza and Fateh in the West Bank is causing each to compete with the other over who can better prevent Palestinian violence against Israel. The split, moreover, and Hamas’ control over Gaza are reducing international pressure on Israel. Israel is thus free to continue its violations of international law, avoiding its responsibility to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, expanding and building more illegal Jewish settlements in occupied territory and maintaining its draconian and inhuman closure policies in both the West Bank and on Gaza.  >>>>>

Obama and McCain on the Middle East

October 6, 2008

Their advisers have also represented widely differing positions. Randy Sheunemann, McCain’s campaign foreign policy coordinator, seems to be mainly concerned with the threat from Iran and the security of Israel. In 2002, he was the founder of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a pressure group which pressed for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. >>>>>

EU, US block IAEA Israel resolution

October 5, 2008

The International Atomic Energy Agency conference of 145 nations criticizes Israel for refusing to put its atomic program under monitoring.

Israel is known to have nuclear arms, but has a “no tell” policy on the issue. However, Israel managed to evade a vote to link it to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. >>>>>

The same party, EU, US and Israel are putting Iran and North Korea through the same hoops that they are against for Israel — and they don’t want the world to think that the New World Order is on its way? 

US group granted rare approval to set up office in Iran

October 4, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States has granted rare approval to a US-based group to establish an office in Iran, the State Department said Thursday, stressing however that US policy towards the Islamic republic has not changed.

The American Iranian Council (AIC), a research and policy think tank devoted to improving ties between the two arch enemies, was given a license to establish a presence in Tehran by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), officials said.  >>>>>

American Qaeda figure says U.S. still runs Pakistan

October 4, 2008

But Gadahn dismissed Pakistan’s protests as a “cynical public relations ploy”.

Gadahn has made a number of videotaped messages on behalf of al Qaeda. In January, he urged Islamist militants to welcome President George W. Bush with bombs when he visited the Middle East and tore up his U.S. passport on camera.  >>>>>

There was a time when the U.S. did not give in to terrorists in any way.  There is still a media policy not to report on suicides. Still today, there are many things that should be broadcast to the American public that is not for the sake of minimizing the sense of loss and the diminishing support for the War on Terror.  Why is it so important to put this guy out there compared to showing the flag-draped coffins of service members who return from the occupation?  It’s because showing him suits the psychological warfare against the American public; and not showing the coffins does the same.

The Peace of Make Believe, President Bush Legacy

October 3, 2008

Bush created the make believe “peace process” while doing everything to prevent the peace. Bush aborted the Palestinian democracy experiment, the first in the Arab Middle East, by refusing to deal with the elected government. He supported murdering Palestinian civilians and abduction of their lawmakers by the Israelis and he refused to condemn Israel’s expansion policy and dividing the occupied land into ghettos. The US has spearheaded the movement to de-legitimize the only democratically elected government in the Arab World while at the same time declaring that the lack of democracy is the core problem in the Middle East.  >>>>>

Malaysian Islamic insurer eyes overseas market

October 2, 2008

Under Islamic insurance, members contribute to a pool of funds which is used to indemnify participants who suffer a loss.

The funds are invested according to the sharia which avoids interest-bearing loans and gambling, pork and alcohol-related activities. Profits made are distributed among members.  >>>>>

Bahrain appoints Jewish woman as US Ambassador

October 2, 2008

Ambassador Huda Nunu, is a member of a small Arab Jewish community that numbers only 37 people. What makes this appointment even more remarkable is that the appointment was made by a conservative Muslim Arab state in the most conservative Muslims region of the world. >>>>>

Turkish soap opera sparks divorces in Muslim world

October 2, 2008

The hit Turkish soap “Nour” has sparked a rash of divorces in countries across the Middle East as women compare their real-life husbands to the TV heart throb.

During the past four months, on a daily base, a tall young man with soulful blue eyes has been stealing hearts across the Middle East, from the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip to the gated mansions of Riyadh. >>>>>

The linked title wrongfully associates Turks with Arabs. Even in the article, the most prominent change seems to be of those in Turkey. The common denominator is that they are primarily Muslim.

While the show is about Muslims, the intentions of the creators of the show is to strip Islam from the Muslims. It is not the soap star, also indicated in the linked article title, that is the danger to society.  It is the overall message of the soap opera in its entirety.

Like ‘El Clon’ (Islamically-themed Latin America soap opera), soap operas offer an insight to much of the culture of the ethnic and secular-promoting ideologies rather than that of Islam, Christianity or other religious belief; yet purports these elements to be what is expected by the public of its respective religion. In many cases, it leaves the viewer shunning many of the corrupted portrayals of these cultural attributes that are cleverly suggested as something to shy away from.  Combine this with secular-leaning visual and audio nuances that entice viewer(s)–predominantly women– to initiate mini-crises at home that ultimately contribute to the eventual breakdown of the family. It worked for the West. Why not try it out in the Islamic world?  This breakdown in family can be viewed as a possible element of the War on Islam – aka – War on Terror being struck from within.

For those who are about to comment that I am reading too much into this; let’s use a Western example that many do not realize also has grossly affected societies regarding a strong compromise between religion and secular culture. The example of Santa Claus is the first that comes to mind. While he is portrayed as a friendly, jolly, generous, virtually omnipotent (for he can grant wishes of just about any nature and travel to children all over the world in a single night) being doesn’t seem to be something harmful on the surface to a secularist or a non-devoutly practicing Christian.

But the very holiday (Christmas) that is celebrated is a Christian holiday (with Santa being a secular creation). In Christianity and Judaism–as well as Islam, the only unforgivable sin is  blasphemy (associating other gods with the One God). If this is the case, is not the concept of the secular-Santa contributing to this sin that is considered the most evil of all other sins? If you disagree, my recommendation is to ask your pastor, priest or rabbi to give you a straight answer on this pagan-adopted secular practice. If it is not clear after seeking their counsel, read the scriptures of your own religion for yourself.  Many would even argue that the secularization of Christmas was purposefully done to guide people away from their true religious path – by way of deceptive enticements that appeal to the children, especially.

Do you see where something so fun and seemingly innocent can cause one to become trapped into a temporary haze that has ulterior motives in the celebration (such as is being done to sell the bailout as a tool that will help the national economy; when the powers at be know full well, this is not going to be the case)? Muslims tend to recognize this and are rightfully steadfast in their stance.

Of all the remarkable things that has so far come out about this soap opera, is that Muslims are divorcing in droves. This kind of pop culture activity is a great part of the reason why Western media and culture are shunned in many of these lands. Would you not caution your own family members from maybe too much violence, too much nudity, too much propaganda? Well, this is what these Muslim scholars who oppose this kind of entertainment are trying to prevent.

Asad: “Peace with Israel will not affect relations with Iran”

October 1, 2008

Syrian President, Bashar Asad, stated on Tuesday that an Israeli-Syrian peace deal will not have any impact on the relations between Syria and Tehran and will not affect the relations between Syria and any other Arab country.  >>>>>