Israeli Sources: Israel fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon!!

September 14, 2006 at 7:23 am (Israel, Middle East, Politics and War, Terrorism)

I will leave my comments for my self again!

IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon
 
 
By Meron Rappaport
 
Last Update: 12/09/2006 14:20

“What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs,” the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.

Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.

In addition, soldiers in IDF artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war, widely forbidden by international law. According to their claims, the vast majority of said explosive ordinance was fired in the final 10 days of the war.

The rocket unit commander stated that Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) platforms were heavily used in spite of the fact that they were known to be highly inaccurate.

MLRS is a track or tire carried mobile rocket launching platform, capable of firing a very high volume of mostly unguided munitions. The basic rocket fired by the platform is unguided and imprecise, with a range of about 32 kilometers. The rockets are designed to burst into sub-munitions at a planned altitude in order to blanket enemy army and personnel on the ground with smaller explosive rounds.

The use of such weaponry is controversial mainly due to its inaccuracy and ability to wreak great havoc against indeterminate targets over large areas of territory, with a margin of error of as much as 1,200 meters from the intended target to the area hit.

The cluster rounds which don’t detonate on impact, believed by the United Nations to be around 40% of those fired by the IDF in Lebanon, remain on the ground as unexploded munitions, effectively littering the landscape with thousands of land mines which will continue to claim victims long after the war has ended.

Because of their high level of failure to detonate, it is believed that there are around 500,000 unexploded munitions on the ground in Lebanon. To date 12 Lebanese civilians have been killed by these mines since the end of the war.

According to the commander, in order to compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets and the inability to strike individual targets precisely, units would “flood” the battlefield with munitions, accounting for the littered and explosive landscape of post-war Lebanon.

When his reserve duty came to a close, the commander in question sent a letter to Defense Minister Amir Peretz outlining the use of cluster munitions, a letter which has remained unanswered.

‘Excessive injury and unnecessary suffering’

It has come to light that IDF soldiers fired phosphorous rounds in order to cause fires in Lebanon. An artillery commander has admitted to seeing trucks loaded with phosphorous rounds on their way to artillery crews in the north of Israel.

A direct hit from a phosphorous shell typically causes severe burns and a slow, painful death.

International law forbids the use of weapons that cause “excessive injury and unnecessary suffering”, and many experts are of the opinion that phosphorous rounds fall directly in that category.

The International Red Cross has determined that international law forbids the use of phosphorous and other types of flammable rounds against personnel, both civilian and military.

IDF: No violation of international law
In response, the IDF Spokesman’s Office stated that “International law does not include a sweeping prohibition of the use of cluster bombs. The convention on conventional weaponry does not declare a prohibition on [phosphorous weapons], rather, on principles regulating the use of such weapons.

“For understandable operational reasons, the IDF does not respond to [accounts of] details of weaponry in its possession.

“The IDF makes use only of methods and weaponry which are permissible under international law. Artillery fire in general, including MLRS fire, were used in response solely to firing on the state of Israel.”

The Defense Minister’s office said it had not received messages regarding cluster bomb fire.

Source: The Israeli Newspaper, Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=cluster+bombs&itemNo=761781

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Al-Qaeda in Bahrain…

September 13, 2006 at 3:16 pm (Bahrain, Middle East, Peace, Politics and War, Terrorism)

[IMAGINE:] 

8.00 pm, Bahrain Mall, an explosion dumps the huge Giant hypermarket to the parking lot, ground floor.
8.04 pm, Seef Mall; 3 explosions in the two cinemas and the food court killing hundreds.
8.10 pm, Ritz Carlton Bahrain, a suicide car crashes into the entrance killing diplomats, nationals and tourists spreading horror all over the spa.
8.11 pm, Emirates Airline plane Hijacked crushes into the eastern Bahrain Financial Harbour tower.
Ramadan, 10.42 pm, 10 suicide bombers infiltrate in Manama, while thousands of Bahraini Shiites celebrating the death of Emam Ali, killing over 800 of youth, women, children.
Thousands of possible scenarios I can imagine how “Al-Qaeda in Bahrain” would start its business! Do you not buy this? I will tell you what; we need to take Al-Zawahiri’s threatening seriously!
I wonder why the government is SHUT when hearing such threats!! When this devil say his next target is the “Persian Gulf” AND “Israel,” Don’t we need some higher measures of security in pubic places?
I wonder why the government is SHUT when hearing Friday-prayer-shaikhs call for the destruction of a whole race!!

A trusted source told me, there is an Islamic clerk rounding the country, in a tour sponsored by some ******* Islamic Association, giving speeches of hate and spreading hostilities. This guy, coming from London, has published a book earlier advocating the use of torture and genocide to dominate the world; and to return back the Islamic Caliphate and rule the Earth using all aggressive means, Muslims should stand up! I was told; if you read this book you would be chilling!!
I think that we’re all sleeping, and we’d awake one day over the sound of sirens shaking Manama City up and down.
We are on the “brink of disasters” and every one of us should do whatever it takes to make change. What are you going to do?

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5 YEAR of fighting terrorism!! More to fight??

September 11, 2006 at 3:08 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Islam, Middle East, Peace, Politics and War, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

Last night, I was with my uncle, the cheif justice of Shiites court of appeal, and we had a great talk.. I told you about him before, he’s an open minded clerk; he questions everything, even the basic principles of the religion.. You would love to talk to him, I bit… He studied religion in Qum, Iran, and still, he’s often critical of the current Iranian leadership.. Most of his talk is religion, not politics, but that gave me a big deal of wisdom… 
 
His point was mainly on “interpreting the text,” and he talked about how dangerous is the current wave of extremism.. He said that there are many verses in the Quran that, if taken literally, would take us to the dark… He said if Muslims don’t fix their interpretations, living with others would be so hard.. Notwithstanding, he said such text should be related to its historical/social conditions, and not taken as global rules. The problem, he relates, is that many historical references are lost or controversial! He said the reform is hard but not impossible, and he thinks governments and religious leaders should take the lead or else we’re all on the brink of cultural disaster…

Myself, I think that the Saudi current regime (along with his supporters) is not receiving the appropriate blame, though they are responsible for almost all of (producing, maintaining, militarizing, supporting, recruiting) this extremism mentality.. They’ve been brainwashing people since forever; and still they did not learn from their mistakes… I will tell you what? They’re still using THE SAME STRATEGY to make people bow to them. In the past, they depended on locking Saudis into religion to forget politics and money. Now, their strategy is nonetheless the same: In their anti-Terrorism campaigns, they show religious acts that prohibits people from fighting Muslims/non-Muslims, prohibits terrorism. So far so good? NO, and prohibits “going against the rulers,” and prohibits “freedom of speech,” and prohibits “demonstrations!!!!!!” Guess why? Because this is a western “obtained” value, and people shouldn’t mimic the infidels west!! Guess why??? they want people to be like “Animals!”
Yet, I complement them for sending thousands of students to the US to see different people, different Ideas, and different prospective..

In townhall and other places, where American Conservatives gather, I see an increasing tone of “Why shouldn’t Moderate Muslims go out to streets in free countries?”
let me put it in points:
1. Well, I would say that almost all Muslim leaders were the first to “condemn” the terrorist attacks in 9/11 and after wise.
2. All most all are so sad to see civilians die in NY, NJ, London, Spain, etc.
3. However, Those same believe the US/Allys has unfair and unjust foreign strategy/policy
4. From inside, they say: Why would we demonstrate for those never demonstrated for our Palestinian civilians, those who supported and stood with Saddam, those who supported AL-Qaeda itself!!!
5. from inside, they believe: Those attacks are the fruits of their actions, and this is an action of their children!

What I just said is what I hear when I ask people here the questions you guys ask… Don’t just ignore it, think!

I have hard time understanding and analysing the whole situation.. In townhall, one time: When I said Muslims are being attacked by those same jihadists, some active “conservative,” that defends Christ day-and-night in the same website, said:

Who really cares when the jihadists kill Mohammedans? It just means fewer Mohammedans. I only care when they attack Christians, Jews or non-Mohammedan nations. Sounds harsh and cold, I know, but it’s one of those awful things that everyone THINKS but no one DARES utter – except me, of course. Somebody has to to say these things and I guess the task has fallen to [me].

Again, don’t just ignore this, THINK!!
When I was discussing matters with my father two days ago, he was talking about Al-Qaeda, and how they killed 8,000 Shiites in cold blood in a single day! I yet to believe the fact that NO BODY demonstrated, and NOBODY cared!! Understand why wouldn’t the families/friends/etc. of those 8,000 died demonstrated for yours?! Especially, if they believe those blood-suckers were trained by the US! Make sense?

Binladins and the Terrorists rang the bill of their death… Those are hated by ALL HUMAN BEINGS; their dirt is all over their faces; see the blood they drink everyday, how many wife were left without her husband? Kids without fathers? fathers without kids? etc.? How many more loved ones are we going to lose?

BLAME BLAME BLAME!!? NO, I’m not whining!
I’m showing you keys to solve the problem differently..
Nobody would buy this in townhall, but I think we need to start from the definition of terrorism, start from knowing who are the terrorists; we need to be fair and just when calling names… We need the people to fight terrists not gun machines, we need a a new solution.. Endless war is not the solution; killing ALL Muslims is not the solution either!!!
it’s time to fix many causes!! …

It’s time for Muslims to fix themselves first before blaming the west, but meanwhile Westerners to fix themselves too instead of blaming Muslims!!!!

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Israeli Peace-Lover?

September 11, 2006 at 12:37 pm (Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Terrorism)

http://video.alarabiya.net/ShowClip.aspx?ClipID=2006.06.22.18.52.26.328

I guess he doesn’t have a building permit!! huh!

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Khatami slams bin Laden, defends Hezbollah

September 11, 2006 at 10:14 am (Arabs & Muslims, Hezbollah, Islam, Lebanon, Middle East, Peace, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/09/10/harvard.khatami.ap/index.html 

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami condemned Osama bin Laden and suicide bombing but also defended groups such as Hezbollah for what he characterized as resistance against Israeli colonialism.

In a 30-minute speech given under tight security at Harvard University, Khatami repeatedly praised the concept of democracy but said American politicians, since World War II, have been infatuated with “world domination.”

Khatami said he was one of the first world leaders to condemn “the barbarous acts” of September 11. Responding to a question from the audience about bin Laden, Khatami said he had two problems with the al Qaeda leader behind the attacks.

“First, because of the crimes he conducts,” he said, “and second because he conducts them in the name of Islam, the religion which is a harbinger of peace and justice.”

Khatami was met by protesters when he arrived at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Many angrily called on him to stand up for human rights.

Police estimated that 200 were in the crowd that blamed him for failing to stop government crackdowns on student activists in Tehran during his two terms in office.

Several human rights organizations say the crackdowns are believed to have been initiated by his rivals and approved by Iran’s ruling Muslim clerics.

“His speech is on ethics and violence. It would be very bizarre if he came here to speak on ethics and violence and did not acknowledge and discuss his own record in Iran,” said Eric Lesser, 21, president of Harvard College Democrats, which teamed with their Republican peers for the protest. “Students were arrested and thrown in prison for speaking their mind in the same way we’re doing right now.”

Khatami was considered a reformist during his two terms as president that ended last year. His visit to the United States has been criticized by many, particularly amid concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

There were no major problems, but police presence was heavy, Cambridge police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said. One man was detained, although it was not immediately clear why.

Harvard has been criticized for the timing of its invitation to Khatami, who is taking a two-week tour of the United States.

Khatami is the most senior Iranian to travel outside New York in the United States since Islamic fundamentalists seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held Americans hostage for 444 days.

He was invited to the United States by the U.N.-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations, of which he is a founding member. The group strives to foster cross-cultural understanding between Western and Islamic states.

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Does Islam Make People Worse?

September 5, 2006 at 12:39 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Culture, Islam, Media, Middle East, My Opinions, Religions, Terrorism, War on Terrorism)

In a reply to an excellent article by Dennis Prager, “Does Religion Make Peope Better or Worse?” I commented:

The case for Islam
 
I have been surfing this website for a long while, and this would be my second time to post a comment.. I liked your article Mr. Dennis, and I feel this reply is an obligation, and a respond to your call.. I know few of my type come here, and to you all, so I call for respectful, constructive and thoughtful dialog.

I call myself a moderate, Muslim, and I agree with almost all what you said in your article, beside the “100 of million of Muslims,” but I’m not here to discuss it… I am an ordinary, not a religious leader or anything, but I observe my religious obligations most often. I am here to talk about, “Is the violence road, some Muslims choosing to take, originated from the religion itself?” I know it would be an endless debate if we would talk about everything in one thread.

I lived in the US for some 2 years, in the Bible belt area, and I had many dialogs with my fellow Christians, where I came to the conclusion that “Islam” is just a reflection to Judaism and Christianity; and it tend to be more closer to each one, than each-one to one-another; I think Islam is in the cross road between the two.. It’s closer to Judaism though, since it’s a law-based religion… If can read you a countless list of things Islam advocate that make you be among the 90% of good Muslims, and make you be a better human; but lets just concentrate on the bad parts…

I think: “Chances are, if Judaism or Christianity are put under the same political, geographical, historical, social, and economical factors the Islamic world has been undergoing, there would be no less violence originated from them such as of Islam now!”

Don’t take me wrong: I AM NOT JUSTIFYING VIOLENCE BY ANY MEAN.. I condemn all the actions of by the so-called Islamic terrorists, and don’t take any of my words as justifications to that: I’m here giving you the “what/why” that you were asking for.

Throughout history, Christians and Jews have committed killings what equate, if not exceed, that done by Muslims, using the same holy books that’re giving us wisdom and guidance now. Twisting words, ignoring the historical background of the text, sticking to the literal meaning of the text, ignoring political and cultural complexes of that time, etc. are all techniques fanatics use/have used/and still using to support their barbaric actions. Yet Muslim fanatics are to realize that this is WRONG like their counterparts already realized.

Let’s address the case of Islam… If we trace the root-cause of the creation of the neo-Islamic-extremism, specifically the Wahabism, back to Muhammad Abdul-Wahhab’s movement in Saudi Arabia in the ‘70s. This movement called for sticking to the religious texts, and intended to return people for the righteous path by strictly observing religious obligations. The movement was fully supported by Al-Saud, the regime in Saudi Arabia, to concentrate people’s minds on religion instead of politics. The movement called of obeying the “Ameer Almua’mneen”- the leadership of the Islamic community, that’s supposedly Al-Saud. From that time, until recent days, brain washing was the mainstream strategy to divert people’s mind from oil, economy, and politics (Money and Power).

Al-Saud practiced full control over the information flow, education; and specifically religious practices. Islamic Law/rituals and physical practices were on the surface, and other aspects of the religion like morals and ethics were almost ignored. Religious intolerance reached its peek in the ‘90s, where Wahhabism surrounded every aspect of people’s life. Differences in faith were hardly tolerated, and minorities were harshly discriminated against.

The time came, and the war against the Soviet Union/Communism in Afghanistan and Yemen took place; Al-Qaeda had fertile grounds to recruit those who know NOTHING about the outer world; who have been raised to just obey their lord. Yet, it’s the time to obey and fight for his sake, to get to the promised heaven. Lessons are taught, until now, in Mosques that the only righteous path is “sticking to the text,” and killing for that sake is a mandate; such as killing the Shiite/infidels/etc. Of course, military training and weapons were supplied by the “to-benefit-from-this” Saudi governments and the west. Al-Qaeda got stronger and stronger, and when won the war, new agendas were born, and a new vision: “To convert people to the right bath, Islam,” and this clarifies the recent using “force Convert” phenomenon.

Here I put some bulk of the blame on the West for supporting them from day 1, and supporting the Saudi regime; without which such existence would have never been possible. Now that they realized their mistake, too late!

Of course, these groups have been growing for a long time and reached everywhere in the world. Using their religious teaching classes-brain washing, especially to kids, those groups were able to recruit even British-born fellows!

Yet, many factors helped and are helping directly and indirectly in the creation of such mentalities, or helping those terrorists to recruit: (Whether you agree or not on these, it’s very much valid here- I’m giving you the facts widely beleived)

1. The Control on Information:
Many Arab countries practice full control on curricula, internet access, Radio/TV stations, Libraries, Books imports, etc.

2. Oppressive Governments in the Arab/Islamic world.
Governments have been ruling forever! They are the judge and the police! People have no right to speak, or whatsoever. Those governments, mostly supported by the west-Saudi etc., get the millions of $$… Regular people blame who? Al-Qaeda has a “just case” for fighting who? Analyze this!

3. US foreign Policy:
NO TWO in the Arab world disagree on this: “American foreign policy is biased.” Count how many time the US vetoed for Israel; Count how many houses were destroyed by Israel; Count how many kids/women/elderly killed by Israel; Why did the US support the killing of the Lebanese. Yet, nobody have any right to resist?! This is a Biggy – I’m not coming to discuss its validity because it has been there for years, and it will take us years arguing; this is the truth here, period.

4. The victimization mentality.
Individual rights are lost; people, in no way, would ever dream to become presidents, because “military” is used against the people. “I will give you a million bucks if you demonstrate in Saudi Arabia/Jordan/Syria/etc. against the government!” Who is to blame? You! Because you supported them!

The list can go on, but just to give you an Idea. Now you would ask, so what’s the part of Islam that supports the creation of violence? My answer to you is, it’s the same part that exists in EVERY religion, and it’s the same part that led your religions to be violent in the 1500 and on; it’s the helping verb! Every religion advocates the supremacy of its doctrine. Every religion advocates the righteous path, and the leading to heavens… Every religion has the tendency of defending its practitioners if been fought. Taking Islamic textures and pointing at the “kill the infidels” only is not a valid point; because you take it out of its context. It says in other parts, too, “You are not better than them,” “You don’t force others to believe what you believe,” “God ONLY would judge those who believe what you don’t believe.”

I can justify my killing in the name of Yawah/Allah/Jesus/God if used any of the texts, by taking verses out of its historical, social, political, etc. background. What justified the killing of Jesus? What justified the discrimination against blacks/minorities? What justified the crusades? What justified the all the massacres in Christians before the roman era? What justified the hatred against Jews throughout history? Misreading religious texts…

Last but not least, I want to talk about “why Moderates don’t stop them!” 1) Most clerks condemned terrorist attacks against the state, and condemn the on going against everywhere; you don’t hear it because you don’t read Arabic; what’s translated to you is what the translator want you to hear 2) Moderates think KNOW those are not a product of the religion, but “Working for political agendas.” 3) Moderates are afraid if they talk, they/their families might be threatened 4) only extreme news are shown on your news outlets, so what moderates do doesn’t really get the attention. 5) “Undifferentiating resistance from terrorism,” by the west. Almost all Muslims think that the west mixes between the two; and most Muslims look at west as unfair; and “they deserve what they get!” 6) Many Muslims see the west as an attacker to Islam, not Islamic-Terrorist who he supported/created, because of his unfair policies, and instances like “the Dubai Ports,” etc.

I think I went too far.. That just to answer some of your question.. Again, I would appreciate if discussion be constructive; I’m not an enemy, I’m here to know the truth too!

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Al-Zawahri calls on Westerners and Americans to convert to Islam!

September 3, 2006 at 7:53 am (Arabs & Muslims, Islam, Middle East, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates)

Today in the news, “Al-Zawahri calls on Westerners and Americans to convert to Islam!” No comment!!

Well yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, let’s just do it!! What does this dum a*s think? After pushing people away from Islam, now they come and ask them to convert? What kind of brains do these guys have? rusted-Pipsi-cans?

I was told that Al-Zawahri is a P.hD holder!! give me a break!! If you, Al-Zwahri, give me a 100000000000000000000.00 bucks to convert to your religion, which I certainly don’t believe is Islam, I WOULDN’T!! You need to convert to Islam before asking others to do so!!

Day-by-day, Al-zawahri and his gang draw black lines on our background; pulling our nice bushes from our back yard; throwing trash all over the front yard; making noise and more noise!

Kathleen Parker, an American Columnist, was wondering “How dare those thugs lecture Westerners about the loveliness of Islam while forcing religious conversion at gunpoint?” when Fox News Correspondents were kidnapped… Yes that’s very much true, how dare you, AlZawahri, too??!

To make the long story short.. I wanted you to see how people in the Arab/Muslim world reacts to such announcements from such crazy people..
Here is a link to a Google translation of the article from Arabic, that was posted in Al-Arabiya.net today; It might not be 100% accurate, but you can get the idea… SEE the COMMENTS!!
http://www.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alarabiya.net%2FArticles%2F2006%2F09%2F02%2F27124.htm&langpair=ar%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8

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We need a political solution

September 2, 2006 at 2:40 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Middle East, Politics and War, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

This is a must-read article… It gets to the mind what most people don’t realize..
Enjoy the read!!

We need a political solution

Imran Khan

August 25, 2006 11:34 AM

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/imran_khan/2006/08/post_316.html

According to a recent poll, four-fifths of Britons think the “war on terror” is being lost. That is not least because the battle for the hearts and minds of people in the Muslim world is being lost.

The fundamental mistake made after 9/11 was that any stirrings of a debate addressing the root causes of the terror were ruthlessly suppressed. (To explain and understand the cause is not to justify the consequence.) Rather than addressing the known political causes, the terrorist attacks were portrayed as a religious struggle: radical Islam v the west.

This was an anomaly. How could Islam, a religion as peaceful as any other, be pitted against the west? Millions of innocent people were killed in the last century, from Nagasaki to Hiroshima, from Vietnam to Iraq, by acts of governments that were secular by law yet publicly upheld Christian values. Yet Christianity was never put under focus or stress.

Al-Qaida was supposed to have conducted the 9/11 attacks because it deplores western values – its freedom, its democracy – and desires the establishment of a global empire of Islamic emirates. But as Robert Fisk makes clear in his book, The Great War for Civilisation, Osama bin Laden’s rage against the US arose from its support for Israel, the Saudi monarchy, and the garrisoning of US troops in the land of Islam’s holiest sites.

The very deliberate policy of converting political struggles into religious ones had a very specific purpose: to induce fear of an impending threat to western way of life from encroaching radical Islam so that the population of the west would fall in line behind Bush and his neocon policies.

Radical Muslims – and now “Islamic fascists” – were as deadly as communism and Nazism. Unless the American public blindly supported every Bush policy in countering terrorism, the whole of western civilisation was imperilled.

Such was the post-9/11 hysteria that few dared cast aspersions on Bush’s decision to attack Afghanistan less than four weeks later. War became the first option, rather than the last resort. Shrouded in the thick mist of propaganda, people were made to forget that not one Afghan was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Only when Iraq was invaded did people in US and the rest of the world began to realise that the war on terror was a smokescreen to further the “project for the new American century“, which neocons conceived in the mid-90s.

Other stakeholders hastened on to the bandwagon, and Muslims who were involved in genuine liberation struggles were suddenly deemed terrorists by various regimes. No longer were the Palestinians struggling against foreign occupation: Sharon was stamping out Islamic terrorism. Meanwhile, Putin was fighting al-Qaida in Chechnya; suddenly little was heard of the near-genocide that was taking place there, with 20% of the population killed and another 30% exiled. India, too, was fighting Islamic militants in Kashmir. Yet the Kashmiri struggle for freedom dates back to the mid-19th century.

Suicide bombing became associated with Islam. Apparently the lure of houris was a considerable incentive for Muslim terrorists to self-immolate. It was forgotten that before 9/11 almost 70% of suicide attacks in the world were conducted by the Hindu Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. A few weeks ago, when the Tamil Tigers honoured their suicide bombers publicly, calling them the “black tigers”, no one tried to discern answers for their desperate acts in Hinduism.

The third set of stakeholders to board the bandwagon was an assortment of autocrats, dictators, and monarchs in the Muslim world who were keen to receive US patronage for their undemocratic regimes. They swiftly metamorphosed into “moderate Muslims” – despite their ghastly human rights records – and assumed the role of bulwarks against Islamic extremism. Not long ago, these unrepresentative heads of Muslim states were fighting the communists, standing side by side with the US to protect the free world.

This mother of all spin doctoring had a vast fallout. First, in the western countries, despite Bush and Blair insisting that their war was against radical Islam, the message to the man in the street in the west was that Islam and terrorism were synonymous. In the US in particular every Muslim became a potential terrorist. It did not matter if they were moderate, conservative or liberal – everyone was lumped together.

The second, and potentially far more dangerous, fallout was that the war on terror was perceived as a war on Islam. And Muslim societies began to radicalise as anger and hatred toward the US soared. Al-Qaida and its affiliates became the chief beneficiaries of this ignorant conflation of genuine freedom struggles with terrorism. At the same time, anger against the pro-US Muslim governments was in the ascendant. Today, in elections in any Muslim country, no party aligned with the US can win. In the Pakistani elections in 2002, in the two provinces that border Afghanistan the anti-American religious parties swept the board.

The third fallout has been the total collapse of US credibility in the Muslim world. The nonexistence of WMDs was the first blow. Then came the prisoner abuse at Guantánamo bay, Bagram, Abu Ghraib and other detention centres. The eventual justification advanced for attacking Iraq was that it had been done in order to introduce democracy. Yet dictators of every hue were being propped up in the other Muslim countries.

Before George Bush visited Pakistan earlier this year, he breathtakingly said he endorsed General Musharraf’s “vision for democracy”. It is important to bear in mind that apart from Burma, Pakistan is the only country with a serving general at the helm.

But the final straw has been the US’s blind support for Israel during its attack on Lebanon – while the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, Amnesty International and almost every human rights organisation, has blamed Israel for war crimes. As Israel targeted civilians and the Lebanese infrastructure, the US was dispatching armaments to its ally via Britain.

So when the recent plot to blow up the airliners from Heathrow was uncovered, it was greeted with complete scepticism in Pakistan, especially since the intelligence had been furnished by the Musharraf government. The biggest winner from the war on terror has been Musharraf, who has aligned himself with the US as a frontline state, and been rewarded by gaining legitimacy in Washington’s eyes for his military dictatorship.

Since 9/11 he has supposedly captured hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists. Yet never has there been any independent inquiry into any of these captures or killings. In 2004, the Pakistan army killed 70 people in south Waziristan, claiming they were foreign militants with links to al-Qaida. Within weeks it emerged that those killed were all local tribesman. Each time Musharraf has visited the US, or a senior US official has visited Pakistan, security forces always capture or kill some “high-value” al-Qaida target. When George Bush visited Pakistan he was given a special gift: in the name of the war on terror, the security forces killed 140 tribesmen.

After the 7/7 attacks in London, 200 students from various madrasas were locked up, even though Pakistan had no demonstrable involvement whatsoever in those acts. Hence the cynicism regarding the Heathrow scare, which is being seen as yet another attempt by Musharraf to prove his indispensability to Bush, while Bush and Blair can at the same time frighten their people into abiding their policies.

Terrorism is an age-old phenomenon and cannot be eliminated by rampaging armies, no matter how powerful. It can only be contained by a strategy of building democratic societies and addressing the root causes of political conflicts. The democratisation part of this strategy demands a strategic partnership between the west and the people of the Islamic world, who are basically demanding dignity, self-respect and the same fundamental rights as the ordinary citizen in the west enjoys.

However, this partnership can only be forged if the US and its close western allies are prepared to accept and coexist with democratic governments in the Islamic world that may not support US policies as wholeheartedly as the dictators do in order to remain in power.

I’m afraid one day it will have to be acknowledged that the roots of this violence, like, those of all terrorism, lie in politics. And so does the solution.

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Nasrallah ‘did not think’ act would spark war

August 28, 2006 at 1:13 pm (Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Politics and War, Terrorism, United Sates)

Nasrallah ‘did not think’ act would spark war
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said in a TV interview aired Sunday that he would not have ordered the capture of two Israeli soldiers if he had known it would lead to such a war.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14543465/from/ET/

A friend of mine sent me the above article asking me if I still think Hezbollah is the one who sparked the “craziness.” My answer was:

No winners in wars, yes, I agree with that.. I see why America said NO to stopping it, to the UN, EU, Asia, Americas, Arab/Islamic World, and the American People!!

I have said before that I don’t support their first-action; but whether it’s a right or a wrong decision from their part, everybody cannot deny their right of doing it!!
If padducans occupy Murray farms and keeps thousands of murrians as prisoners; Murrians have the right to fight back, whether it’s the right way or not…

Only a naive would think that what caused this craziness is the Hezbolla’s act; this act was used as a cause; but this craziness has been there for a decade! If you listen to Galloway’s answer to Skynews, you’d easily undertand this: Israel was forced out of most of Lebanon in 2000, and is still there on some parts, and resistance to it is just legitimate! Israel’s offense was a rehabilitation to their defeat in 2000; and to return the prestige to of the invincible-army…

Israel’s actions, that’s been called “self-defense” is the unjustifiable on all aspects; An occupiers “actions” cannot be considered “actions-back/defense!!” Lebanese actions are the “Actions-back/defense” nonethless, even if it seems like actions!
If you read Olmert’s strategy and announcement everyday of the war, the only term you can give is “terrorism” to their actions.. Terrorism’s Defintion? go dictionary.com, “Mass-destroying a country to change Lebanese mind on hezbollah,” is like “mass-destroying the world trade center to change Americans minds on Israel!!”  Fighting civilians, to create horror, and get to what you want is exactly what they did, and exactly what you understand and don’t wanna admit.. Not to forget the illegal cluster bombs that nobody talks about!!!..

My justifications are valid; but regardless of how hard I try, a pro-Israel doesn’t listen because his/her mind is locked with one idea, and wants it through!

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Fox news correspondents converted to Islam? The Joke

August 27, 2006 at 10:16 am (Islam, Religions, Terrorism)

Today in the news: The two kidnapped hostages, by an unknown so-called Islamic radical group, were shown in a video tape announcing “we have converted to Islam!!” Is this a joke?!
What is the political importance of such announcement? What good will this adds to the radical group or Islam? Would anyone believe this as a real, true, from-the-heart conversion?
A religion can never be imposed on people, and I myself would rather be atheist than to have a religion imposed on me.. Real Islam teaches us not to impose our beliefs on others; Allah said in the Quran:

 10:99 And if thy Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed  together. Wouldst thou (Muhammad) compel men until they are believers?

And He said, adding that Muslims shouldn’t impose their beliefs and religious rules and acts on others:

 109:1 Say (Muhammad): O disbelievers!
 109:2 I worship not that which ye worship;
 109:3 Nor worship ye that which I worship.
 109:4 And I shall not worship that which ye worship.
 109:5 Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
 109:6 Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.

So who are those, who claim to be Muslims, to impose Islam on others? Are they lying on themselves by believing their joke?!!

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