Cease fire in Gaza!
I wonder what will those who cry for the Palestinian casualties say. I feel I am inches close to stop writing about this issue again.
C'mon, be a good tourist, let them do their job ;). Well, it was supposed to say "Our job is to make you happy". Does it give a different meaning though :D.
And now, to some Egyptian exclusive talents:
I finish this with a bitter laugh!
P.S: My proctoring schedule ends by the end of January. This thought drives me nuts.
I do not think Israel will be up to the threat. Iran's nuclear stronghold is too strong for Israel to destroy by itself. At the same time I do not think Bush is so stupid to open a new front for himself. It can be possible later but not now.
However, if we translate the American actions the days before into messages we would find:
- America is sending an aircraft carrier to the Gulf (US Virigina) which makes it possible that America is planning for a strike.
- America is sending more troops into Iraq (may be to double its forces there), which is an action that makes us sure that it is either preparing to defend Iraq from an expected Irani strike after bombing the nuclear facilities or preparing for an on-land invasion (which is not possible I believe). Or maybe to hold down the Shiia anger after the strike against Iran.
However, it is very stupid if Israel reveals its plans to strike Iran's nuclear facilities because this puts an end to them.
What I am sure of,it is going to get uglier.
While Karin thought that:
Israel HAS nukes, plenty of them - everybody knows that ... and now it is as well abundantly clear why it always refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty!!
George W. would HAVE to stand by his partner, he'd have NO choice, and if I, like you, translate the American actions, I DO FIND an imminent danger coming from just these "partners"!!America HAS already several aircraft-carriers in the Golf ... the "US Virginia" is just one MORE ... America, rather George W. would LIKE (I hope to GOD the democrats will be able to avoid that!) to send some more 20,000-40,000 troups to Iraq which , in MY humble opinion, is absolute CRAZINESS! I have NO idea about military and am NO politician, but I have a lot of common sense which tells me that it is:
- already OVERDUE TIME TO GET OUT and ...
- IF - he'd hypothetically have to double the entire force to "eradicate insurgents" .. another 20,000-40,000 will only increase "insurgency" and attacks on the people .. AND HATRED!
So .. either FULL (what is DEAD-wrong in my eyes) ... or get the hell OUT - NOW!! There will - I believe - NEVER be democracy as long as people won't be READY for it .. and the way groups and sects in Iraq are fighting one another, they ARE NOT and won't be that fast! I don't know why this is so difficult to understand ...In ONE point I have to agree reluctantly though wholeheartedly... it will get MUCH MORE UGLY!!!
I agree with you, Karin it is getting very ugly here. However, at the same time, I believe there is a kind of a tactic behind what was happening the last few days. To sum up:
I do not believe that the US or Israel will give Iran a strike now. And I find a better translation for their actions. Each country has plans when it comes to the state of being threatened. Iran as well has plans to stop such attacks. The US actions and Israeli leak are just to observe and measure the Irani reaction politically and defensively. Therefore when it is time to attack, they strike with enough knowledge about what to expect during and after the attack.
And yeah still we agree, It is going to get ugly.
Really!! Did Mubarak really react angrily to the Israeli stretch of muscles before the Olmert-Mubarak summit? I did not watch it on TV, can anyone send a link?
In the ensuing mayhem, four Palestinians died, 20 were wounded, the target got away and Mr. Olmert had to sit through a humiliating tongue-lashing on live television from Mr. Mubarak. NY Times
Saddam's Commemoration Day in The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate
"Saddam's commemoration day puts the Iraqi leader in rank with the greatest leaders and the national symbols of the Arab nation; those who live eternally in the minds and hearts of the Arab people like Saladdin, Omar Al-Mukhtar and Saad Zaghloul. He is one of those who sacrificed for the good of the nation and it's liberty. The Egyptian political powers, Iraqis living in Egypt, human rights activists and all those who participated in the special commemoration day agreed on the same fact (that Saddam is equal in rank with the nation's greatest leaders).
Before the event takes starts, all the participants prayed for the soul of Saddam with their eyes full of tears asking God to send him to the eternal paradise as they were on the Syndicate's stairs. Then a public conference for denouncing the ASSASSINATION of Saddam starts. The audience held up Saddam's photos and chanted slogans against Nouri Al Maliki (describing him as a traitor), America, Israel and Iran...
Mohammed Mounir, one of Saddam's lawyers, then gave a speech about the last days in Saddam's life before the execution... "Saddam was held in a separate house away from the other seven suspects. His guards were changed every two weeks as the warders were afraid the guards would sympathize with him. His warder found out that the guards sympathize with Saddam to the extent that one of the guards weeped and hugged Saddam passionately when he knew he is about to be replaced; his fellow guards pulled him away from Saddam."
Mr. Mounir also denied the American claims that Saddam was captured hiding in a hole "Saddam told me he was in one of Al Baath member's house who reported him later and won the prize. Saddam asked him to let him go to bed for 15 minutes as he was overwhelmed, and while asleep in one of the house's rooms, he suddenly woke up to find 15 rifles aimed at him. He also said he does not remember anything after this"
Mr. Mahmoud Bakry who organized the event asserted said Saddam was a hero... Then Mr. Mostafa Bakry's speech about Saddam asserted that he is an Arabic leader who lived like a man and died a hero.
Then Mr. Mohsen Khalil, the former Iraqi Ambassador in Egypt during Saddam's time, said that Saddam was a president who believed in the opposing opinions; not like what America propagated about him. He believed in the importance of debate and stood up against the Iranian, American and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. Finally, he finished saying that Saddam is a martyr hat the Arab nation had lost.
I do not really know what to say... To this extent can people be so stupid, so ignorant and so hypocritically driven??
Anyway I dedicate this photo to Mr. Mohammed Mounir who claims that Saddam was not held in a hole.
“The government has for decades used the political parties law to fix elections before they begin,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Egypt needs a new political parties law that respects Egyptians’ rights to form political parties and to vote for whomever they choose.”
"Saddam was good for us. He was the only one capable of holding Iraqis from the neck and moving them in peace"
These were the words of one of my Iraqi students in Egypt. We were playing some kind of a game that enables them speak English and practice their language in expressing their opinions. I intended to pick a hot topic and the fact that Saddam's execution is a boiling topic inspired me. This section is so full of Arabs: Saudis, Iraqis, Jordanians and Palestinians. When the topic was brought up, they all agreed that Saddam was the one suitable for Iraq!! And it was not much of a surprise when I found out that the Iraqi students agrees with them.
What they agreed on is that dictatorship is the only suitable system to rule in Arab countries. "Saddam could put anyone in jail. If you use a newspaper sheet that has his photo, you are imprisoned. This is the only way you could put every mutiny under control... Look what happened in Iraq after he was overthrown. Thousands killed and tens die every day. Saddam was an evil that stopped other evils!"
It is disastrous to find these young men thinking that way... They are absolutely ready to be put under the tyranny of a ruler and suffer like hell just because they find it the only possible way to have their countries ruled. The idea that a dictator is an evil that stops other evils is prevailing even in Egypt here. It reminded me of the days when the election farce was going on in Egypt. People used to say that Mubarak is an evil you know, and an evil you know is much better than an evil you do not know.
Whenever you talk to anyone they take Iraq as an example "look at Iraq, the country is being destroyed since the day Saddam was overthrown". What they do not know is that what is destroying Iraq is terrorism and sectarianism more than the occupation itself. It is true that the occupation brought terrorism into Iraq. However, sectarianism has always been there. The question is... Why should we agree to fall a prey of the tyranny of a dictator and never try to fill in the gaps among us and fight for freedom??
I think it is something we are born with. Innately negative.
Saddam Hussein ordered his special security and military forces to carry out a reprisal attack against the town, which resulted in a total of 150 of the town's men being killed in the attack or executed later, a number of which were boys 13 years of age. 1,500 people were also incarcerated and tortured, while other residents, many of them women and children, were sent to desert camps. Saddam's regime destroyed the town and then rebuilt it shortly after. In addition to these punishments, 1,000 square kilometres (250,000 acres) of farmland was destroyed; replanting was only permitted 10 years later. See Wikipedia
Bremer went on to report the time as approximately 8:30 p.m. local (23:30 UTC), on December 13, in an underground “spider hole” at a farmhouse in ad-Dawr near his home town Tikrit. See Wikipedia
The friendly humane intellectual whose friendly attitude impressed his own American nurse?
Saddam also talked to him about happier times when his children were young: how he told them bedtime stories and how he would give his daughter half a Tums when she complained of a tummy ache.Or the courageous man of cause who faced death with enviable bravery while being taunted by his executors like a martyr in the middle ages?
After Ellis got an emergency call from America that his brother was dying, he told Saddam he was leaving immediately. Before he left, Saddam hugged him and said he would be his brother. See BBC News and St Louis News
Far from being a quiet and dignified business, the new video shows that several of the witnesses taunted Saddam during the last seconds of his life, chanted the name of one of his many enemies, and told him he was going to hell. See BBC News