Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Economy and Iraq Border

"Tensions have led to clashes between the Syrian Alawites and the Ismailis, according to often unreliable al-Seyassah, a Kuwaiti paper. The clashes led "to two dead and 30 injured citizens from both sides in the city of al-Salamiyya."

If two people were killed in the Salamiyya clashes, these will be the first deaths produced by the growing tensions among Alawis and Ismailis and marks a worrying escalation in previous clashes in both Masyaf and Qadmous earlier this summer.

The al Watan newspaper claims that there are "Expectations that Assad is to issue a full amnesty for all intellectual prisoners." In fact rumours have been circulating that Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan has been visiting some of the Damascus Spring prisoners in an attempt to make a deal with them for an early release. The word is that they are not cooperating.

New investments in Syria amount to $2.39 billion in 2005

On July 28, the independent Al Wasat newspaper reported that a Syrian economic official stated: “We are witnessing great investments in Syria, which amounted to $2.39 billion during the first quarter of 2005 and included 348 projects distributed all over Syria and mainly in Aleppo. These investments provided 23,000 new job opportunities, especially in the industrial and agricultural sectors where they constituted 88% of the total investments, while the transport sector got 12%. Aleppo had the biggest share of the projects with 48; Damascus had 34; Homs 20; Dara’a and Idleb had nine each.” - Al Wasat, Bahrain
Syrian authorities break into the house of a member in Atassi Forum
On July 28, the independent Al Wasat newspaper reported that the Arab Syrian Human Rights Organization stated that on July 27 the Syrian authorities broke into the house of the detained writer and member of the Atassi Forum, Ali al-Abdullah, and arrested his son, Mohammad, who is a law student because he is in contact with the family committee of political detainees. Al Wasat noted that the families of some detainees had formed, on July 25, a committee to support the political prisoners.

Mohammad participated in the committee and announced to the press that his father, who was arrested four months ago because he read an announcement for ‘al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun’ group, was abused in prison and was put in a solitary cell; which is a violation of his basic human rights, Al Wasat said. The organization added that the Syrian intelligence services also arrested Yassin Hamoui from Daria village on July 26 for having contacts with the same committee, Al Wasat concluded. - Al Wasat, Bahrain
"174 Lebanese kicked out of Syria"
Al Seyassah, an independent Kuwaiti newspaper, reported on July 28 that “security services in Damascus, Syria have called upon 174 Lebanese citizens working in the Syrian capital, warning them to leave the country within 24 hours. This is under the pretext that they do not carry official work permits.”
Syria: Pressure does not help democracy
On July 26, the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Farouk al-Sharra, stated that his country wants better relations with the US but this does not mean that Washington should exploit these relations by making endless demands because this will not insure stability for the region, the privately owned, opposition Al Ayyam newspaper reported on July 27. Al-Sharra said: “Pressures provoke hardships for people, induce changes in development plans and reduce economic prosperity but they do not bend the people’s will for freedom and democracy,” Al Ayyam added.

When asked about Washington’s unwillingness to negotiate with Syria, he said: “What can Syria do; I sincerely tell you that I liked the new Iranian president’s statement, Mahmoud Ahmadi Najad, who said that we do not urgently need to have relations with the US. Nevertheless, we are ready for dialogue. If they want dialogue, we are ready and if they want stability in Iraq, we also favor that and if they want to establish relationships, so do we." Al-Sharra continued by asking: “Does having good relations with the US make the other country safe and secure? I do not see that in some of the Arab countries,” Al Ayyam noted that he might be insinuating that the countries are Saudi Arabia and Egypt who are facing terrorist attacks. - Al Ayyam Yemen, Yemen
Just the other day Sharaa was quoted in the "Daily Star" arguing that Syria was correct to oppose the Iraq war considering that the United States was failing to bring stability to the country.
Many Syrians worry that Sharaa's needlessly confrontational statements act as a red flag to the American Defense Department. Some suggest that he will be replaced as Foreign Minsiter in the next government reshuffle. “Travelers are waiting two days on the Syrian borders to get to Baghdad”
Al Quds Al Arabi, an independent pan Arab newspaper, reported July 27, that, “Iraqis coming from Syria, are waiting more than 48 hours on the borders between the two countries to enter into Iraq. This is because of the restraints that the American forces and the Iraqi border force are imposing on Iraqis, Arabs, or foreigners who are undergoing extremely thorough searches to get an approval for entering. The health conditions of most of the travelers are very difficult since they are having to spend all this time in the desert in the heat of the day and the cold of the night with a lack of water.”

Al Quds Al Arabi reported that travelers are going through a one lane narrow road where thousands of cars and trucks are waiting to enter while border patrols inspect the documents of the passengers. Many new cars that are to be delivered to Iraq got ruined because they were in the sun for too long. Also, many truck drivers said that their luggage of fruit and vegetables has been ruined because of the desert sun’s heat. The passengers have to sleep in their cars, because the American forces have banned traveling by night.

Iraqi security sources are claiming, the newspaper continued, that, “The searches on the Iraqi Syrian borders have unveiled 1,200 insurgents in one month carrying, Saudi, Yemeni, Sudanese, Egyptian, Pakistani and other nationalities.” The newspaper concluded by saying, “Most of the insurgents are coming from Afghanistan and Kashmir, where they are receiving training on armed assaults.” - Al Quds Al Arabi, United Kingdom
Zeina Bu Rizk of the The Daily explains that Washington is pressing Israel to withdraw from Shebaa Farms and seems to have accepted France's policy toward Hizbullah, "which is, as reportedly put by Hariri himself, "to have the Lebanese solve the Hizbullah question at their own pace." According to Hariri, "there are two main reasons for the growing U.S. interest in Lebanon: first, using Lebanon to pressure Syria; and second, furthering the American agenda of promoting democracy in the Middle East."

U.S. fully committed to bring about Israeli pullout from Shebaa Farms
Syria's exclusion from Rice's agenda illustrates Washington's determination to isolate Damascus

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Among the most important elements of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the region and to Lebanon last week was the revelation that the Americans are fully committed to convincing Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon to withdraw from Shebaa Farms.

Members of the American delegation accompanying the U.S. secretary of state on her visit to Beirut last Friday said Rice raised this issue with Sharon in Tel Aviv just before coming to Lebanon.

The same sources said Washington considers an Israeli withdrawal from the Shebaa Farms as an increasingly urgent matter, adding that the Americans are committed to talking the Israelis into taking such a step.

For the time being, Rice and the U.S. delegation have not gotten a positive reaction from Sharon, who seemed too concerned with Israel's internal problems, particularly regarding the planned disengagement from the Gaza Strip, to concentrate on the Lebanese-Israeli border issue. However, the U.S. will intensify efforts in this direction, said the sources.

The Americans' interest in an Israeli withdrawal from Shebaa Farms is understandable, especially in light of the long-standing U.S. demand for the deployment of the Lebanese Army along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Washington may believe that an Israeli withdrawal from Shebaa Farms would leave the Lebanese authorities with no excuse to avoid deploying the Lebanese Army at the frontier; eventually, such a step would also reduce the reasons for Hizbullah' existence as an armed faction and would facilitate the integration of the Lebanese resistance into the military.

In the meantime, the "leniency" Lebanese officials who met with Rice said she displayed in her approach to the Hizbullah issue is both surprising and reassuring.

There is a strong belief within the circles of Beirut MP Saad Hariri that the Americans have actually adopted the French position on the issue, which is, as reportedly put by Hariri himself, "to have the Lebanese solve the Hizbullah question at their own pace," on the basis of a constructive internal dialogue that would avoid clashes among the Lebanese on this delicate subject.

Although the Americans remain committed to the full implementation of UN Resolution 1559, especially when it comes to the disarmament of what the resolution refers to as "militias," no strict deadlines have been set.

Among Hariri's associates, a belief prevails that the American's unsuccessful experience in Iraq may have convinced the U.S. that a secure and stable Lebanon in which Hizbullah remains armed, yet "inactive" - at least temporarily - is preferable to an unsafe and chaotic Lebanon that could come as a result forcibly disarming Hizbullah now.

Even if they do not intend on cooperating directly with Hizbullah ministers, the Americans are closely monitoring Hizbullah's participation in the government. Hizbullah's experience in this role may serve as a prelude to its ultimate conversion into an unarmed political party.


As put by Hariri's visitors, the head of the Future Movement believes there are two main reasons for the growing U.S. interest in Lebanon: first, using Lebanon to pressure Syria; and second, furthering the American agenda of promoting democracy in the Middle East.

Rice's visit to Lebanon helped serve both goals. By paying such an exceptional visit to Beirut and excluding Damascus from Rice's itinerary, Washington further isolated Syria, thus increasing the pressure against Damascus.

In this context, Hariri's visitors said the MP was convinced that Rice's visit to Lebanon was primarily a message to Syria. Not only did it show that the U.S. was now establishing new networks of relations with a free and independent Lebanon in which Syria has no say, but Syria's exclusion from the U.S. agenda also illustrated the extent to which Washington was determined to isolate Damascus.

The special attention and enthusiasm with which Rice approached the reform issue is linked to the second aspect of America's interest in Lebanon. The achievement of wide-ranging and effective reform is a prerequisite for strengthening the Lebanese democratic system. This is why Rice insisted on the need for reform and expressed full U.S. readiness to assist Lebanon in this respect.

Hariri, according to his visitors, strongly believes in the need to start reforming the security system in Lebanon; dealing with the precarious security situation should be the government's first priority, the young leader says.

At this stage, these sources report, he is looking to the Americans to help make an initial assessment of Lebanon's security equipment requirements. He also sees a possible role for the U.S. to contribute to satisfying these military equipment needs once identified.

Although Hariri believes in the necessity of restoring friendly Lebanese-Syrian relations and strongly encourages Premier Fouad Siniora to prioritize this issue, individuals who have spoken with Hariri report that he is relieved about not being premier at this point. The current arrangement spares him the delicate mission of having to restore relations himself, at a time when his personal ties with Syrian leaders are still strained.

As long as the results of the ongoing international investigation into the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, are not yet released, Hariri seems to have reservations about cooperating with certain political factions. However, he will be ready to work with all those that are cleared by the investigation's results.

Hariri is convinced that certain alliances must be made to keep the country stable and secure. This is one of the reasons why he has cooperated closely with Shiite groups.

This is also one of the reasons why Hariri insists on the need to work with former Prime Minister Michel Aoun, despite the fact that the Kesrouan MP will be in the opposition.

Collaboration between Hariri's Future Movement and Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, Hariri's visitors say, has already begun with the parliamentary committee elections two weeks ago and is expected to continue.

28 Comments:

At 8/01/2005 07:31:00 PM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

I did not read every thing in the articles above yet, but I will do so, but I read the Shara;eh statement that he wants dialogue. I think this guiy thinks he is the Gromyko with all of the Ex Soviet Union power. He does not realize his true volume (1 cubic inch at max). I could have said size.

Farouk AlShare'h needs a kick in his ass. Does he know that he is only a small tool the regime is using? Though he knows, he still wants to act big, and probably to please his superiors so he can still benefit from all the perks he has enjoyed over the last 35 yeqars as all the donkeys of the regime. Does he know that Aref Dalilah and many others who preferred prisons to lieing to themselves and grwowing a brown tonuge like Khadam and Share;h and all the other cheap so called responsibles in the Assad rehime? Responsibles to Assad, of course!

Mohammed (damn the cheap people)

 
At 8/01/2005 10:28:00 PM, Anonymous Syrian Republican Party said...

Syrian Republican Party. www.ssprs.com.

$2.39 Billion in the first quarter of 05'. 348 projects generating 23,000 jobs! where can we see a detailed list of these projects to see how big and dreamy this lie is. When the Baathists are going to understand that Soviet styled lies are no longer believable.

 
At 8/01/2005 11:35:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

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At 8/01/2005 11:39:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Agree with ssprs: 2.39 billions for 23 000 jobs is really not impressive. It means that each job is costing over 100 000$ to create. Even a high-tech job does not need so much investment.

 
At 8/02/2005 03:04:00 AM, Anonymous John USA said...

There is limitless money in middle east, never care.
2.39 billions for cheap jobs, cheap people and the rest for the pockets of the gang.

Oil money: let them eat...TV stations. "55 new Free To Air Sat TV stations have started broadcasting in the last 18 months, bringing the total to 155 FTA Arab Sat TV stations. "

 
At 8/02/2005 03:08:00 AM, Anonymous John USA said...

See how rich Abdullah (the new A rape King)is:

Abdullah is popular in the kingdom; yes, he is well-connected in the region perhaps because half of Arab men are his brothers-in-law, due to his compulsive marrying and divorcing.

 
At 8/02/2005 03:16:00 AM, Anonymous Muslims vote for Israel said...

A weather broadcaster on Al-Arabiyya TV ended her review of the weather by, "...Wa-Allahu A`lam." (And God is Most Knowing). This was how Muslim theologians used to end their treatises.

 
At 8/02/2005 03:19:00 AM, Anonymous Mu LL ah said...

When you shop for groceries, if you are asked "paper or plastic"? Don't provide a hasty answer. Just wait for a fatwa in that regard from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Ibrahim Hooper. Just tell them that Hooper will soon answer that question, once and for all. CAIR and Hooper will produce a fatwa next week to the effect that George W. Bush is the best looking and most intelligent person on earth. That's right. And if you are not sure what fruits you should bring home, wait for the fatwa.
PS: Ibrahim Hooper's fatwas are followed by some one billion Muslims worldwide (and even some Christian, Jews, and Buddhists).

Comment: Muslims in America need CAIR's fatwas. Remember, they come from a culture where Mohammed taught them how to do everything from pay their taxes to wiping their own asses... Islamically. So what if CAIR is a subversive Salafist front group for terrorist organizations? Listen to them!

 
At 8/02/2005 05:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am scared of anything that is Muslim.

It seems to me that the Islamic culture encourages having double faces, and be deceptive. Many Muslims who live in the West enjoy all the advantages that exist there, and yet, they oppose having the same system in their countries of origin.

How often do they seem to me truly sick in their minds !

 
At 8/02/2005 06:31:00 AM, Anonymous Aphrodite said...

To>>8/02/2005 5:28 AM

You are not alone

Aphrodite

 
At 8/02/2005 09:40:00 AM, Anonymous Tarek said...

I can't access the comment section of the most recent post, anyone else having that problem?

 
At 8/02/2005 09:46:00 AM, Anonymous Ibrahim said...

It happens and it will be solved

 
At 8/02/2005 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous, and Aphrodite:

This is an excellent web site that uncovers Islam:

http://www.annaqed.com/english.html

Or you can check the Araic portion of it.

 
At 8/02/2005 10:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

King Fahd is dead?

Not to be rude and with all due respect , I can't help but wonder : Why is this news?

Wasn't he like actually dead 10 years ago but was left technically alive by Life-support systems?

hmm........

 
At 8/02/2005 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone allegedly beat up Saddam as he was walking out of the trial room.

Hehehe

Well, if it's true, then whoever did that deserves a medal. If they ever come to Syria, I am buying them dinner.

 
At 8/02/2005 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One morning last week, three dozen women in Western-style business suits crowded into the office of the man who would soon be Iraq's prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Most were members of the newly elected National Assembly, and they had a list of demands.

They wanted women to run at least 10 of Iraq's 30-odd government ministries. They wanted the number of places reserved for women on party slates raised to 40 percent in future elections. Most of all, they wanted a promise of respect for women's rights.

Sounds good right? Well, wait till the other group shows up:

Hours later, another group of women who are assembly members arrived in Dr. Jaafari's office. They wore black abayas, the garments that cover a woman's body from head to foot, and they had another agenda. They wanted to put aspects of Islamic law into Iraq's legal code - including provisions that would allow men as many as four wives and reduce the amount of money allotted to women in inheritances.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. This other group of women are actually advocating less rights for women. Interesting, no?

On one side are those in the dominant Shiite alliance that was formed under the auspices of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric. Many see their election as an opportunity to bring Iraq's laws into harmony with Shariah, Islam's version of divine law, drawn from the Koran and other religious sources.

This is no accident. The Shiite leadership, in fact, is shrewdly relying on these women to carry much of the fight in the new assembly over where Islam itself, not just its women, should fit in Iraqi society.

Ohh, female agents to advance the agenda of the male religious Shiite leadership. Women acting on behalf of men to opress women. Isn't that nice? I have now officially seen everything.

But wait, i hear what some of you will say, one of the women actually said it in the article. Where is it, where is it, ahh, here:

"We have different traditions," Ms. Musawi said. "What is acceptable to you is not acceptable to us."

"And what is not acceptable to you, is more then acceptable to us. We like getting less money; we like for our men to have more wives; and we also do not mind a little honor killing!"

Ohh, you think i took it too far? I wish:

Some Iraqi women say blocking the traditionalists' proposals is not enough. Iraq's laws now provide cover for men who commit so-called honor killings - murdering wives or female relatives who are suspected of infidelity. One law specifically states that physical abuse is not grounds for divorce. Another makes it very difficult for a woman to keep her children if she remarries after a divorce.

That's what i call female empowerment!

You know, if there was just a way to convince the Sharia people that maybe the Sharia should not be applied as basis for civil law, we wouldn't have this problem. If only someone would come up with a soloution. You know, someone who is smart, sexy and usually right about those things!

 
At 8/02/2005 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as an arab female, i just don't get these women who act as cheerleaders for patriarchy. what do they get out of promoting their own oppression and second-class status?

maybe they enjoy the approval they get from sexist men - they're the "good girls" who stand up to those uppity feminists who have the nerve to demand equality. maybe they have a streak of self-loathing masochism - if they can't feel free and enjoy life, then no woman can.

 
At 8/02/2005 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Men's brains
I think that most men are idiots when it comes to treating women (myself definetely included). Ahmed Ragab of AlAkhbar newspaper ridicules men who think they're smarter than women:

Men gloat because science says that their brains are bigger than women's brains. But men ignore women's deviousness that spins them lovers and husbands. Secondly, they ignore the wisdom of the scholar who said that it takes a mother 20 years to make a man out of her son, and it takes a woman 20 minutes to make a donkey out of her lover. Thirdly, they ignore the scientific fact that the man's brain is much smaller than the donkey's brain.
Hehehe.. idiots.

 
At 8/02/2005 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

Hello:

Here is a related article from the most Evil country in the world; Saudi Arabia. (most educated women ask to stay at home, and be inferior".
http://62.216.187.2/~rsteiner/scgi-bin/nph-proxy.cgi/000000A/http/www.asharqalawsat.com/leader.asp?section=3&issue=9743&article=315439

This is in yeterday's issue of Asharqalawsat.com
commentary by AlRashed. In arabic.


Mohammed

 
At 8/02/2005 10:47:00 AM, Anonymous Apohrodite said...

""""Tarek said...
I can't access the comment section of the most recent post, anyone else having that problem?""""

HEHEHEHE.......take it easy honey, just pray and you will see what happens.

We love your posts.

Aphrodite

 
At 8/02/2005 10:48:00 AM, Anonymous Mohammed said...

And here is the same article in English:

http://62.216.187.2/~rsteiner/scgi-bin/nph-proxy.cgi/000000A/http/www.asharqalawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=2&id=1056


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I copy here:
Women petition against driving!

01/08/2005


Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed


A big thank you is in order to all the Saudi women who have signed a petition demanding women in the Kingdom remain at home, refrain from seeking employment and studying. Indeed, the signatories are expressing their opinion and defending their right through a letter of protest.
Most interestingly, some of these women have held jobs, graduated from universities with the highest scientific degrees, practiced all they now denounce, enjoyed the benefits most women in Saudi Arabia haven’t heard of such as postgraduate studies and prominent careers. Yet we continue saying to those who prefer women do not work that it is their right to express their opinions: “No to studying, no to working and driving. We want to stay home and take care of our children.”

Two answers are possible to this request: either to ask the rest of the women if they object to working, studying, and driving, or to grant all women the right to decide for themselves what each truly wants.

During the Black civil rights movement in the United States , when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, some black men and women loudly noted they were happy with the situation at the time. The alleged they had a good standing in society and claimed those who called for equal rights were communists and agents for foreign powers. Uncle Tom and his colleagues did not succeed in halting the winds of change that were likely to occur regardless of political beliefs and ideological stances. Rather, human nature will prevail and no individual or group, regardless of how powerful they are, can suppress it.

For a long time in Riyadh , women had stalls in the city’s markets alongside men and no one objected. Women used to knock on doors and sell their merchandises in the capital’s slums, just as any vendor would and no doors were slammed in their faces. Women have been riding horses and donkeys for hundreds of years; no one has every questioned whether the animal would stumble, the woman fall off and reveal her body.

The majority of women seeking employment in Saudi Arabia, for those who were not aware they are allowed to do so, need the extra income. Women nowadays play an important role as providers for their households who are unable to depend solely on the income of the husband, often insufficient. The signatories above are obviously coming from a position of luxury whereby they do not need to work. They are probably unaware of other Saudi women suffering financially.

Perhaps the best reply to these objectors, the first of their kind, is to point them in the direction of the thousands of young female university graduates who are eagerly seeking employment in recruitment offices across the Kingdom. There is a real and important difference between a small number who object to work and a huge number of women who are desperate for jobs.

The signatories to the petition are in the minority. By publicly expressing their views, the have opened the door for the silent majority to follow suit. Their rejection of the right to work and drive is a gift to religious and conservative men who have been long objecting to these rights.
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Mohammed.

Will we ever become real people? The Saudi Princes and Princesses and their brothers and sisters among the Arab Gulf are Westernized in their appearances and their enjoyment of the Western Style life, but when it comes to their own countries, they have managed to portray the Crazy Islamic way of life in every aspect, and to keep their people in such a retarded inhumane form since they took power. Not onlt that, but they have exported Wahabism to every f. Muslim nation. An understanding of Islam that they themselves do not wish to live iot for themselves.

Mohammed

 
At 8/02/2005 10:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8/02/2005 10:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.costofsex.com/

 
At 8/02/2005 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

When the hell did this discussion turn from Syria into hate & racist spreading forum? if you guys want to complain about Islam why don’t you go spend/waste your time somewhere else that is discussing Islam’s wrongs and rights. All I know is you guys(and Aphrodite) are blinded by your hate to religion without understanding it. The differences between Islam, Christianity and Judaism are extremely minute. And when most people of this world realize that, as well the probability that they are all manmade. Then we might have a chance to get along. But for now let’s keep this forum secular and discuss Syrian related issues and stop spreading your bigotry.

 
At 8/02/2005 11:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer to the "Criminal":
Today.

 
At 8/02/2005 04:57:00 PM, Blogger Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

You fail to realize that the West is not christianity (since... middle age?).

We're not comparing Islam and Christianity but the West and the Middle Eastern countries.

 
At 8/02/2005 05:56:00 PM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

Vox,

You're lying to yourself man. Let me remind you of the main paragraph from your own blog "For too long, non-Muslims have been denied of their inalienable rights. Unfortunately, Islam is going backward instead of reforming and minorities such as Lebanese Christians have no choice but to exercise their right for self-determination, a human right that is formally recognized both by Lebanon and the United Nations. We call for a referendum that will allow us to establish a federation that can preserve our way of life.” So don’t tell me its not about religion for you.

Christianity is in the very essence of every European country, civil laws are based on Christian values. The difference is Europe, has (almost) successfully separated church from state and the average citizen has accepted the reality of not taking religion literally in every context. Middle Easterners have failed to do so (while Asian Muslim nations such as Malaysia have). So ask yourself, what makes the middle east so different than the rest? why are the Christians in the middle east more religious than their European counter parts? This is not an Islam issue but a historical and cultural one.

And if you’re an "enlightened"(my ass) Christian individual calling for separation from your surroundings and culture by mode of federation then that makes you a cowered. Because you are not willing to help the rest of your retarded ARAB (yes like it or not you’re an Arab too) family.

If you so wisely see the world in the proper manner. Why not try to convince the blind to view it the right away as well? I know they can be a stubborn bunch of moron’s but you would be society a favor. And remember, YOUR people were just as bad not too long ago.

Tarek

 
At 8/02/2005 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Ibrahim said...

BAM!

 

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