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Arab Unity is Gone in the Face Of Gaza – But there is hope

February 23, 2009

I refer to the most recent doha debate in February 2009 , on Arab Unity as being dead and buried. The problem during the debate was that at the outset there was no consensus on what constitutes as THE indicator of Arabs being united. Does it refer to the popular solidarity such as the one seen in the face of ISraeli agressions against Arabs in 2006 and in Gaza 2009? Or is Arab unity defined by the intransigent and fragmented Arab political regimes and their leaders failing to agree on a whole range of issues affecting them curently? The debators surprisingly are in agreement about one thing though- that there IS  popular grassrots unity among the Arab people while there is not an iota of unity among the Arab Regimes.

The Arab League is a joke occupied by intractable and insecure old tyrants whose only concern it seems is their ability to stay in power. It has come to a point where they have to take draconian measures to prevent the Arab people from exercising their right to voice out this unity and muffle the loud noises that are coming from the ground seeking concerted political action against anti-Arab elements in Israel, the jewish Diaspora and a militarily adventurous US administration.

If we can see that Arab leaders are so disunited while the Arab people are – it can only mean one thing – that the Arab leaders are out of touch with the sentiments of their people. And to keep the staus quo of their positions they try to muffle the ground sentiments by their iron fisted, authoritarian rule. Some even use Islam as their reasons to justify the wanton suppression of women.

It is clear, from a political point that as long as Authoritarian regimes that oppress it’s people exist and there is severe repression of political dissent, there can never be any headway to be made towards Arab unity, peace and prosperity.

The Arab’s political disunity is too glaring and too impoartant to be disregarded as inconsequential to the question of Arab unity even in the face of a unity at the popular grassroots level simply because the leaders face the world, their opinion is what counts, they hold the power, they represent the people (even though they misrepresent them). This is largely due to the nature of Authoritarian rule where the balance of power is grossly tilted in favour of those who rule. This gives the leaders of such regimes an undue amount of clout and the reality of their political power under such a circumstance affords them the unjustifiabe privilege of their positions and opinions as being representative of its entire people. So the Arabs ARE disunited in that sense because popular Arab unity is grossly underweighted in the face of Arab political disunity because of the concentration of power and clout is in a single person or entity. In such a system political character and con stitution is the true definition and representation of the state of affairs.

Israel : The main problem in the middle east

January 6, 2009

The recent attack on gaza by Israel is yet another chapter in the UN’s history impotency as a world police. They have failed to stop the unjustified attack on Iraq by the US and and then in lebanon by Israel and now in Gaza. Surprisingly, it is totally unable to do anything to help in any armed conflicts involving african or middle-eastern nations.

The needless loss of civilian life and the untold destruction of civilian property such as schools, mosques and hospitals that the Israel’s  claim either as collateral damage or are being used by militants is laughable because it seems there are more collateral damage and damage to suspected military outposts than there is objective damage. The result is an unacceptably large proportion of civilian casualty.

Already the civilian populaion was under siege by the Israelis since Hamas came to power. The legitimacy of the Hamas’ democratic victory was never recognised by the very proponent of democracy itself. Hamas was isolated and shunned and demonised as a terrorist organisation that had the support of the majority of the Gazan Palestinians. So much for the much vaunted democratic ideals that the west claims to uphold.

There was practically no dialogue with the Hamas government and nothing is known about how the flimsy strip of land at the edge of the mediterranean sea has managed to subsist half a million people is indeed a miraculous mystery. The 6 month ceasefire was not siezed by the west to renegotiate any peace deals between the warring parties. The power-brokers literally sat through the whole window of opportunity.

We have seen so much of coverage given to the Israeli views and their reasons for the military assault on Gaza and yet practically no views were sought from the other side of the conflict. It makes it invitingly easy to assume that the Hamas rockets were inteneded to kill Israelis for no apparent reason other than to purely terrorise the innocent Israeli public reconfirming Hamas’ Terrorist label. But none is mentioned about the Israeli settlement expansion over Palestinian lands, unprovoked assassinations of Hamas leaders, sequestration of rich arable Palestinian lands, restricting movements of the palestinian people even if it is necessary for their livelihood. This on top of 60 years of occupation of Palestinian lands in contravention of UN resolutions. And yet the Israelis wonder why Hamas rockets are still terrorising them.  The current military assault by the Israelis on Gaza is akin to killing a fly with a sledgehammer. The Israeli response, though calculated, is grossly and unproportionally violent in gross disregard of innocent lives.
Their refusal to negotiate with hamas and then blame Hamas for the war is an insult to the intelligence of the world community. We can see what they do and that the Isralis are finding it hard to put up a successful media campaign despite getting much help from it’s allied networks of the west such as CNN and fox news routinely ignoring Palestinian views.

It’s about time the African and Middle eastern nations withdraw their memberships from the UN and form their own group that is committed to solve their own problems. Israel has time and again disregarded international consensus to solve it’s own problems unilaterally via military means. They are the problem in the middle east and they are the ones who need to be stopped

The muslims in general condemn israeli action and are sympathetic towards the palestinians as well as hamas. They tend to believe that hamas firing of the rockets is a reaction against years of oppression by the israeli government. None of the malays I have discussed about this have any empathy for the israelis. I believe the israeli excuse which is the hamas rockets being fired into israel is like a person disturbing a bee hive and then killing the bees for stinging him. The equation is simple, The israeli must stop their seige on palestinian lands first to ensure no rockets come their way. Them blaming hamas for the current debacle is an insult to any discerning person.

This gaza offensive not only sabotages any ongoing peace negotiations but will also radicalise moderates into extremist camps. The israeli objective to totally neutralise palestinian fire power by destruction of palestinian civil and government infrastructure as well as the militant hideouts works in the opposite direction. Any resulting peace via such violent means is only temporary. The seething anger of such humiliation of palestinians will continue to stoke their anger as more moderates even people like mahmoud abbas may cease to work with the ongoing peace process. The wider damage of this is far reaching. This will create more anger and give sympathy, legitimacy, grounds, support and rationalisation for terrorist activities across the islamic world. This irresponsible israeli action sabotages everyone.

The Israelis should not be allowed to conduct violent acts unilaterally with impunity as it has far reaching consequences for ongoing efforts against terrorist activities and co-operation from muslim nations.

Israel : The Torah, their Title deed & God, their Real estate agent – never mind the evil

September 5, 2007

Zionism made the Jews believe this for their own political ends (that the promised land is theirs only). It used this honest Jewish belief to wreck lives and destroy a whole nation. “Never again” was their slogan but they do it again and again.

No doubt the Torah and the Quran says that the land was promised by their God to the Jews. But this is a belief that is rooted in theolgy – and in no way has any justification whatsoever for action to fulfil secular objectives. So the resultant supplanting of arab Palestine must be wholly based on Judaic theocratic ideals – not on secular ideals. Because that (the torah) was their ONLY basis of their claim to the promised land.

We must understand that the Israel of Davidian times is a theocracy – not a secular (pseudo-) democracy. The land that was promised to them in Palestine by Yahweh was contingent upon 1) their unwavering belief in Him and 2) that they act righteously – otherwise they have no claim over it.

But the death of innocents, the wanton destruction, the deliberate defoliation of cultured lands, and the continued criminal land grab of the legitimately owned property is an evil beyond expression. Would Moses – who delivered the hebrews from the Pharoah condoned such an ideology of hatred called Zionism?

Some not so cool facts here about Israel that the so-called free media of the west would be reluctant to exercise it’s freedom of expression over. But when it comes to bashing palestinians, Arabs and muslims – they reserve their right to free speech – if the Danish cartoons are at all any indicator of this media and political hypocrisy.

If a picture speaks a thousand words – this three speaks in encyclopediac volumes because of the unmitigated oppression that has been imposed upon the palestinians. Apartheid did not die with Nelson Mandela – It is still alive and kicking in the heart of the middle east. Fascism and “genocidism” did not die with Hitler – it is still alive here in the blessed promised land.

If there is one terror that will divide and destroy the world – it is not not the god loving Jews, nor their religion, nor their torah, not the christians nor their bible, not Islam nor their quran – it is the terror of this secular Zionist and their secular ilk (the neo cons) and their dangerous ideolgy of hatred – so much hatred they bring into this blessed world that it would make Hitler – their erstwhile tormentor – look like a petty bicycle thief.

The Best war ever..

June 24, 2007

Why did’nt these matters get enough media attention? It’s the greatest lie ever told and exposed in modern history. And yet we continue to give legitimacy to a western regime that had irreparably divided the world into an “us-vs-them” vulgarity.

The World Has Failed Palestine

May 21, 2007

When 15 Brtish marines were captured, the UN security council convened in an emergency session and issued a resolution for their immediate release. The attack on Iraq was unprovoked and without any UN resolution and yet we have the EU supplying weapons and men in Afganistan and Iraq. The African nations are suffering from wars, poverty and famine and yet nothing is being done to resolve their plight. The west bank and Gaza has been burning for the past week and it has been burning for the most part of the 60 years. The UN has done nothing to alleviate their horrible plight under the murderous hands of the Israelis who are using Missiles from fighter jets on civilian population. The UN has turned a blind eye on such blatant disregard for human life? Why haven’t they intevened? It proves alot of things :

1) The UN is an organisation that is created to protects and further the interests of the Western Nations. It pays lip service with token action on all other issues

2) The actions of Israel are beyond reproach because they have nuclear weapons and they help kill muslims and they have suffered the “holocaust”.

3) Every action that needs to be taken by the UN needs US approval for it to be successful

It is very clear that the interests of non-western nations are not being represented and these nations need to withdraw from their membership in the UN and form their own union to counterbalance the UN.

Somalia turning into Iraq twice over

May 1, 2007

 

“Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper-use of military force in international relations that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflict,”      

Russian President Vladimir Putin, The daily telegraph

The conflict in Somalia is yet another example of the impotency of UN as an organisation as an assurance against mass carnage and genocide against helpless peoples. It failed in Kosovo, Rwanda, Lebanon, Afganistan, Iraq and most recently in Somalia. Besides speaking in chest thumping rhetoric for peace and freedom it had achieved little else as far as making the world a better world is concerned. It gives me the impression that the UN is an organisation designed to muster world resources for western interests only while paying lip service for the rest of the world.

It is now well known that the Ethiopian forces who claimed to act in their own national interests against terrorists who had taken refuge  in Somalia is a self serving myth. It is clear now that US aided the Ethiopian forces and funded the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT) to bring down the courts at the pretext of tracking down Al-Qaeda fighters who had purportedly sought refuge in Somalia.

The UN had not brought to task the TNG for it’s abject failure in government and as it turned  out, they were nothing but a bunch of tribal incompetents with nothing to show for. In their 6 or so years in office the people of Somalia had only seen more crime, homelesness, abject poverty, armed conflicts and unprecedented crime that left the country in a total mess. Where the success of the ICU in governance had been one that transcended clan politics and petty tribalism, the transitional government had been a bunch of infighting warlords who achieved nothing.

The achievenments of the ICU is nothing to scoff at for after the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, the ICU established crime prevention, law enforcement and administration, education, healthcare and welfare services..

The ICU’s police forces successfuuly curbed robberies and drug-dealing, as well as sexual immorality. They had public wide support – something that was never seen in recent history of Somalia. The courts different factions (Ifka Halan, Circolo, Warshadda and Hararyaale ) worked hand in hand through a joint in promotion of security and peace. – that saw the integration and co-operation of their security forces.

No doubt Somaila under the ICU had broad based support of the citizenry and experienced unprecedented peace and security that the transitional government had failed to provide. And yet the western governments were either silent or denounced the ICU as an illegitimate government and only regarded the transitional government as legitimate.

The European Union members and the US failed to see the point when peace and security emerged in Somalia and treated the courts with supicion only because it had the label “Islamic” to it;s name. Their bigotry and discrimination in that was indeed very telling. The issue of human rights, justice and democratic freedom only applies to them and their ilk – they have a different set of rules when they deal with muslims, black and others.

The US, far from establishing peace had stoked the fire of conflict all over the world. It further confirms that the current US administration is only interested in decimating muslims wherever it goes. When peace was established in Somalia, it sought to destroy it by actively aiding the ARPCT and the Ethiopians. When the Ethiopians ran a rampage last year they, destroyed years and years of peace established by the courts causing widespread conflict and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

Putin was right after all. The Bush Administration has absolutely nothing to show for in making the world a better place. It’s hands are tainted with the blood of millions of innocents.

I would be surprised if Americans still wonder why the world loves to hate them. They should take control of their democratic intitutions that was hijacked by bad leadership and abysmal administration. This despotic administration is the worst that the world has seen in US history. It had routinely violated human rights, supported police states and despotic regimes, detroyed peace in peacful states (as in somalia), promoted war (lebanon), divided the world into a “us versus them” mindset, failed to act against genocide, failed to implement disarmament of nukes and WMDs, failed to even acknowledge an impending environmental catastrophe – and the list just goes on.

The UN had thus far been totally impotent against such a tremendously dangerous back drop. It raises the question as to whether if the UN is still relevant. It has failed to stop genocide, failed in nuclear disarmament , failed to stop the scourge of capitalist inequalities, failed to implement measures against environmental disaster, failed to get consensus on international trade, failed to ease the effect of globalisation on the inpoverished, failed to curb poverty and famine. It has failed in every aspect of it’s stated goals it was expected to fulfil. The UN IS irrelvant.

Jeffery Sach recently remarked in one of his lectures in New York:

“We learned after September 11 how incredibly fragile our institutions are. We learned how they can be hi-jacked by fear and by misguided leadership. We did not see the bulwark of our institutions holding up. If the
Iraq
war had been a rousing success we would have been on to more wars in the region, I have little doubt about it. That was the game plan. What can we do about it beyond hope? We can talk to each other, do what we’re doing now, alert each other that we are not past the risk right now. We still face real risks of self-fulfilling danger, because we are still with a mindset that is prone to a vulgarism of us versus them, a readiness to attack and bomb people whose names we can’t name, whose places we don’t know and couldn’t even locate on a map.”


 

It is indeed scary that the world will reach 9 billion in 2050 at the current population trajectory. But the speed at which the bodybags are piling in, thanks of course to bad leadership and bigotry, we may need more space to bury the dead than to feed and house the living.

Expect more wars, more poverty, more genocide, more conflict and more division from the Bush Administration and expect the UN to be nothing more than a bloated bureaucracy full of spectators watching the world burn. I have no doubts about that. May God save all of US.

Democracy my ass

April 26, 2007

If democracy was well and alive today, Iraqis would be ruled how they wanted to be ruled even if it means letting their country to be run by a bunch of despots. As Thomas Jefferson said, people only get the government that they deserve. Democracy would mean that if a nation choses thieves and murderers as their leaders, then that is their legitimate democratic choice – and judging by the actions of Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld – such a reality is not far off that mark. These guys are nothing but.

The fundamental issue here is western style “democracy” is being imposed on Iraq under the shadow of state-of-the-art US military hardware.  Such an idea of forced democratisation is no different from the ideologies of Nazism, Soviet style communism, fascism or even (as Bush et al would have it) Islamic extremism which are autocratic and dictatorial in nature and are diametrically opposed to democratic ideals. To force democracy down the throats of a people is well undemocratic. The carnage created by Bush in the muslim world  make the much demonised Saddam look like a lap-dog

Just as the Nazis hunted down and killed the Jews -the muslims in are being hunted down and sent to death camps and secret prisons.

These neo-cons and their right-wing supporters come by the droves with chest thumping declarations of democracy, peace, stability and freedom for Iraq and the middle east.

The result after four years of bombing and carnage in iraq is anything but. Just look at the statistics – more than 3000 US soldiers dead, 20,000+ injured, 700,000 Iraqis dead, more than 3 million Iraqis displaced – and still counting. It goes to show that bush et al give two shits about the well being of Iraq and Iraqis.

Freedom, peace and democracy my ass.

So to Bush, the neo-cons and their like I say – to hell with you and your democracy. Thanks to Iraq, now I know what democracy and freedom is NOT. The world had heard enough bullshit from the Bush Administration and his neo-con Nazis.

Israel : The Last Apartheid outpost

February 20, 2007

This is the stuff that does not ever form the main news of the mainstream media. I scoff at the shameless claims of Israel being the “only true democracy” in the middle east. Their openly discriminatory laws against the Palestinians, the criminal sequestration of privately owned palestinian land and homes just because every inch of Israel was divinely sanctioned Jewish property. What a load of bullshit.

The Jews say : “Hey” we have proof right here in the old testament that says Israel is ours. If God says it’s ours it’s ours. So we’re gonna change the name of Palestine and name it Israel coz that’s our right.”

What did the world expect from the palestinians and Arabs to do – shower the jews with flowers and invite them to take over their land, bulldoze their homes and kill their women and children? 

What am I supposed to make of this bunch of assholes who use God as their real estate agent and the scriptures as their title deed? If what they claim is true, then it is the single most horrendous blasphemy that I have ever heard against God. It implies that God is immoral, He gives arbitrarily and is manifestly unfair. If this is God, then I don’t want to know the what makes a Satan coz it scares the shit out of me.

These guys are even worse than their “terrorists” Palestinian neighbours who “blow up for no reason other than the fact that they hate the jews”.

 One thing I know is that when people take their life, there is no one pathetic reason as simple as “hating the jews for being Jewish”. Obviously the Jews did something seriously wrong which did not sit well with the people in the receiving end of the bullshit. The mainstream media does not give it’s due weightage in reporting. The world not only ignores their pleas but also actively support the jews with money and nuclear arms.

The Jews will ultimately have to bear the blame for the terrorism scourge in the middle east and elsewhere. They bring it upon themselves and play the victim. It gives them the moral right to kill anyone who even remotely threatens them and if they can’t do it, they’ll make the US do it for them.

Here are a bunch of criminals ganging up with full international support, illegally misappropriating property and killing innocent peoples AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING IT. Here below is another one of those criminal episodes…

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Worshippers Barred

From Aqsa Mosque


Mohammed Mar’i, Arab News

 
RAMALLAH, West Bank, 17 February 2007 — The Israeli police arrested more than 30 Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem yesterday as clashes erupted between Palestinians and heavily-armed Israeli police over Israel’s continued excavations at Al-Maghareba Gate on the Al-Aqsa compound during Friday prayers.More than 3,000 Israeli police officers closed Jerusalem and the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to prevent Palestinians from entering the mosque to protest the works.

The Israeli police forcibly restricted Palestinians’ access to the city. They allowed only women and men over 50 years of age and holders of Israeli identity cards in the Old City fearing violence over excavations.

The head of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch yesterday called for an Intifada to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Sheikh Raed Salah gave a fiery speech in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz, in which he said that Israel is drenched in Arab blood and accused it of attempting to build Solomon Temple on Aqsa Mosque compound.

The Israeli Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended Salah’s restraining order by 60 days on Thursday. This means Salah cannot come within 150 meters of the Old City walls.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, said thousands of Israeli soldiers and police have been deployed around the entrances to the Haram Ash-Sharif (Al-Aqsa Mosque compound).

Muslim worshippers are being prevented from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hussein added, however, “Despite the Israeli procedures, the worshippers are coming to Al-Aqsa Mosque and thousands of Palestinians headed to Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers.”

He said that the Israeli excavations are continuing around Al-Maghareba Gate. Al-Aqsa Mosque’s guards complained that the Israeli authorities are prohibiting anyone under the age of 50 from entering the mosque.

The Israeli police also prohibited Palestinian politician Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi from entering the mosque. Barghouthi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and head of the Palestinian National Initiative, said in a phone call that the Israeli forces at the gates of the Haram Ash-Sharif had detained him and prevented him from entering the mosque’s courtyard.

Adnan Al-Husseini, director of the Waqf religious trust, said 2,500 worshippers attended the prayers although police put the number at 6,000. Normally tens of thousands attend.

Palestinians and Muslims all over the world have condemned nearby Israeli archaeological excavations and repair work, since stalled, which they claim endanger the foundations of Islam’s third holiest site.

“The Israeli work poses great danger to our mosque and we demand a complete halt because it heralds destruction and death,” said Yussef Abu Sneineh, the imam of the mosque. “No one with any sense plays with fire,” he added from the pulpit, taking a stab at the Israeli authorities.

Accusing police of transforming the revered compound into a “battleground” last Friday, when Palestinian stone-throwers clashed with the riot squad, he urged worshippers to go quietly this week to avoid further troubles. However, clashes broke out after the prayers with Israeli police using stun grenades and water cannons to disperse protesters, witnesses said. — Additional input from agencies