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Wednesday, April 24, 2002
 
What Massacre?

Yet another testimony that there was no massacre [NYT]

"I've seen no evidence of mass graves, and I've seen no evidence that would suggest a massacre took place," Mr. Powell told a committee hearing. He said he based his conclusion on a recent visit to the camp by a State Department official.

"Clearly, people died in Jenin, people who were terrorists died in Jenin," Mr. Powell went on, "and in the prosecution of that battle innocent lives may well have been lost."

Clearly no massacre has taken place, and the fact that some continue to insist that it has is disturbing. I can understand why Israel is uneasy about the UN investigative mission: [NYT]

With a confrontation brewing over the probe, Israel was sending officials to New York to try to persuade the U.N. secretary-general to add an American military expert to the core of the team and expand the probe's mandate to look at Palestinian suicide bombings.

Annan did not rule out changes to the team but rejected Israeli calls for a delay. A U.N. spokesman in Geneva, where the team members were gathering Wednesday, said the mission is ``expected to be in the Middle East by this Saturday.''

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Wednesday that Israel intends to cooperate, but said the team should not travel to the region until its composition and mandate was changed.

``We hope they will take into consideration our positions and they will fix things ... that they are coming to check not check only us but both sides,'' the defense minister said.

Israel agreed to the U.N. resolution that created the fact-finding team on Jenin, saying it had nothing to hide. But Ben-Eliezer insisted Wednesday the team must also investigate Palestinian suicide bombings, saying 137 Israelis were killed in one recent four-week period, most in suicide bombings.

Gideon Meir, a Foreign Ministry official, said the U.N. team aimed only to find fault with Israel. ``Everything is against Israel here. What about the terror attacks?'' he said.

Meir said Israel has had bad experiences with U.N. fact-finding missions in the past. ``We want to make sure this one is fair,'' he said.

Israel has had a difficult relationship with the United Nations, which once had a resolution on the books equating Zionism with racism. Relations improved under Annan but were strained again last year after the United Nations admitted it misled Israel about potential evidence in the kidnapping of Israeli troops in south Lebanon. Recent remarks made by Annan's envoy to the Mideast over the Jenin operation infuriated the Israeli government.

Israel's problems with the International Committee of the Red Cross -- which Sommaruga headed from 1987 until 1999 -- have been continual since Israel was first rejected for membership in the organization in 1949.


Ugh... The UN has been sickening as of late. I guess it makes sense that they pander to Arabs - no matter how shitty a country is, it's got a vote. US and Israel and any other country that favours sanity can be easily outvoted by swarms of third world countries. May be being headwartered in a tall building in NYC also has something to do with their desire not to rub any Arabs the wrong. way. Eh?


 
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Tuesday, April 23, 2002
 
Summary

I've blogged a lot today, didn't I? The reason I do this is so I myself can keep track of relevant truths and facts and have them handy for reference. Here's my post on Plastic today that makes reference to these things. The poster I am responding to was making a point that dealing with Palestinian terrorists is not the same as dealing with Al Quada, etc. because the Palestinians actually have a valid concern and thus their terror is just an extension of guarilla warfare - and that very few guarilla wars have been ended without some comprmise. Here's why he's wrong.


You're a sweetheart for being polite about it, but you're missing a vital connection. The terror Israel faces IS very much like the terror the US faces - in the sense that there's nothing to compromise about. In both cases the terrorists want to destroy their target, not secure some benefit for their people. The fact that Hamas etc. use the Palestinian issues as justification for their acts does not mean they can be appeased by treating Palestinians better. To lump Palestinians at large and terrorists into the same entity is a mistake, for they have different goals.

Some things to think about...

The purpose of a separate Palestinian State was defined faultlessly by the late Zoher Moessein, head of PLO bureau of military operation:

"There is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians and Lebanese; we are all members of the same nation. Solely for political reasons are we careful to stress our identity as Palestinians. Since a separate State of Palestine would be an extra weapon in Arab hands to fight Zionism with. Yes, we do call for the creation of a Palestinian state for tactical reasons. Such a state would be a new means of continuing the battle against Zionism, and for Arab unity


In other words, PLO etc., took up the Palestinian State as a cause in order to have a reason to fight against Israel. Now, I am one of those people who believe Palestinians should have a state. Unfortunately, there are too many people whose interest is the fight for this state, not the creation of it. Arafat, I think, is one of them.

Which, by the way, is seen by many of his actions, from funding terror to this: (from WSJ)

"During the uprising in the late 1980s, some 800 "collaborators" were murdered, many of them simply Palestinians who had prospered under Israeli occupation. After the 1993 Oslo accords gave him a statelet, Mr. Arafat quickly set about criminalizing "collaboration"--most famously with a law making the sale of land to Jews punishable by death. But those who get a trial are the lucky ones. Seven decades of "collaborator" killings have silenced or driven out many who would be open to coexistence with Israel."


The Palestinian who want peace and coexistence are the very ones Arafat tries to silence and liquidate. You're right, the Palestinians have legitimate problems and face injustices. But the ones that could be reasoned and compromised with are politically disempowered. Which gives Israel no one to compromise and negotiate with (and they've tried, so you should add them to your list.)

If you need more convincing that the terrorists act on behalf of foreign states, not the Palestinian people, here it is...

Since the Arab world has transferred its failed military campaign against Israel into a diplomatic and public relations siege, they have used an underprivileged Palestinian population as their primary weapon against Israel. Jordanian King Hussein described this strategy as early as 1960 in an interview with an Associated Press: "Since 1948 Arab leaders have approached the Palestine problem in an irresponsible manner. They have not looked into the future. They have no plan or approach. They have used the Palestinian people for selfish political purposes. This is ridiculous and, I could say, criminal."


Here, you can have even more...

A Declaration by the Majlis al-Ulema (Council of Scholars) of the Italian Muslim Association, begins thus:

These so-called Muslims send our children to die in acts of fitnah (sedition), while they direct the suicidal sacrifice and slaughter of these children from safe command posts, far from the battle.

In defense of a wicked regime, innocent ignorant children are sent to be killed in criminal actions. This regime even dares to declare that Islam approves of these criminal acts, and compares them to jihad fi sabili-Llah (actions for the sake of Allah).

There are courageous Ulema of Ahlu-s-Sunnah (Sunni scholars) in Jerusalem, risking their lives and the lives of their children by declaring that sedition against the State of Israel, shooting, stabbing and throwing stones at Israelis are acts of fitnah (sedition) and are, therefore, haram (forbidden), deserving Allah's (God’s) punishment.

W-Allahi (We testify by Allah’s name), one noble Sunni 'alim (scholar) we know, a Sheikh in al-Quds (Jerusalem) who sits on the Advisory Board of the Islam-Israel Fellowship of the Root & Branch Association, prays and fasts for the peace of al-Quds (Jerusalem). He is ready to speak the truth against those who declare anti-Israeli fitnah permissible and dare to compare it to jihad (an act for the sake of God).


I remind you, this is from the council of Italian Muslim Association - made up of nine sheikhs (Moslem scholars) who serve on the Council live in Rome, and come from Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, and other countries.

I hope you get the point. There are plenty of voices out there that are not American, Israeli, or Jewish, and that precede 9/11 that realize that the violence perpetrated in the NAME of Palestinians is not moral, just, or done FOR the Palestinians.

As an English diplomat recently pointed out, negotiating with Arafat is like wrestling with jelly. Him and his ilk cannot be appeased, and so they must be removed so that those who can negotiate and actually care about their own people can come forward.

I was very happy to see John McCain reflect these sentiments in a CNN interview a few minutes ago. I guess some people actually have the capacity and understand the nature of what's happening.
 
Where oh where did they come from

This one is lifted straight from daddy. There's simply nothing more to add.... [full story here!

Between 1948-1967, Jordan and Egypt, who governed the West Bank and Gaza, respectively, never offered to surrender those lands to form an independent Palestinian state. No Palestinian organization ever sought an independent state. No Arab country had even suggested its existence. An Arab Palestine has never been the name of any nation or state. 'Palestine' was a geographical term used only to identify administrative boundaries within larger empires, nothing more.

The purpose of a separate Palestinian State was defined faultlessly by the late Zoher Moessein, head of PLO bureau of military operation:

"There is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians and Lebanese; we are all members of the same nation. Solely for political reasons are we careful to stress our identity as Palestinians. Since a separate State of Palestine would be an extra weapon in Arab hands to fight Zionism with. Yes, we do call for the creation of a Palestinian state for tactical reasons. Such a state would be a new means of continuing the battle against Zionism, and for Arab unity."
 
Tale of Two Muslims

This post talks about two different Islamic organizations. Compare and contrast! Anything in blockquotes was found on muslimpundit.

CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

The FBI's former chief of counterterrorism, Steven Pomerantz, concludes that "CAIR, its leaders and its activities effectively give aid to international terrorist groups."

Nor is terrorism the only disturbing aspect of CAIR's record. Other problems include:


Intimidating moderate Muslims. In at least two cases (Hisham Kabbani and Khalid Durán), CAIR has defamed moderate Muslims who reject its extremist agenda, leading to death threats against them.


Embracing murderers. CAIR responded to the arrest and conviction of Jamil Al-Amin (the former H. Rap Brown) by praising him, raising funds for him and then denying his guilt after his conviction for the murder of an Atlanta policeman. Likewise with Ahmad Adnan Chaudhry of San Bernardino, Calif.: Disregarding his conviction for attempting murder, CAIR declared him "innocent" and set up a defense fund for him.


Promoting anti-Semitism. The head of CAIR's Los Angeles office, Hussam Ayloush, routinely uses the term "zionazi" when referring to Israelis. CAIR co-hosted an event in May 1998 at which an Egyptian militant Islamic leader, Wagdi Ghunaym, called Jews the "descendants of the apes."


Aggressive ambitions. As reported by the San Ramon Valley Herald, CAIR Chairman Omar M. Ahmad told a crowd of California Muslims in July 1998, "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."


.... read Antizionism and Antisemitism in the Contemporary Islamic Milieu by Sheikh Abdul Hadi Palazzi
for deeper analysis of CAIR. On the other hand, here is a moderate Muslim voice:

The following , issued by the Moslem religious leaders of Italy, its true scholars of Islam, is an amazing document which clearly shows the immoral desecration of the true Moslem faith by the present Palestinian leadership.

We are encouraged, and warmed, by the knowledge that the true followers of Islam’s sacred teachings do not condone the wanton murder of innocent civilians – men, women and children. We are touched by the courage of these good men to stand up to the evils falsely perpetrated in the name of the Moslem faith. I hope men and women of good will everywhere will understand the mockery Yasirr Arafat and his band of savages have made of the faith into which they were born.

I hope that Western journalists, enamored and respectful of suicide bombers and their parents, who talk of holy wars, and sacred sacrifices will read this and stop spouting their nonsense. I hope that Moslems will return to the true faith, and join the Jewish people in seeking to do the will of our G-d, whose paths are the paths of peacefulness.


That's Naomi Ragen's introduction to Declaration by the Majlis al-Ulema (Council of Scholars) of the Italian Muslim Association, which begins thus:

These so-called Muslims send our children to die in acts of fitnah (sedition), while they direct the suicidal sacrifice and slaughter of these children from safe command posts, far from the battle.

In defense of a wicked regime, innocent ignorant children are sent to be killed in criminal actions. This regime even dares to declare that Islam approves of these criminal acts, and compares them to jihad fi sabili-Llah (actions for the sake of Allah).

There are courageous Ulema of Ahlu-s-Sunnah (Sunni scholars) in Jerusalem, risking their lives and the lives of their children by declaring that sedition against the State of Israel, shooting, stabbing and throwing stones at Israelis are acts of fitnah (sedition) and are, therefore, haram (forbidden), deserving Allah's (God’s) punishment.

W-Allahi (We testify by Allah’s name), one noble Sunni 'alim (scholar) we know, a Sheikh in al-Quds (Jerusalem) who sits on the Advisory Board of the Islam-Israel Fellowship of the Root & Branch Association, prays and fasts for the peace of al-Quds (Jerusalem). He is ready to speak the truth against those who declare anti-Israeli fitnah permissible and dare to compare it to jihad (an act for the sake of God).


... more here.

It's no surprise that there're moderate Arabs and Muslims, who see past religious and ethnic identity and are able to see right and wrong, even if "wrong" is being perpetrated by their own people. It's too bad these out-spoken moderates are rare, and are totally drowned out by militants and crazies.
 
The Fate of Palestinian Moderates
Arafat's thugs don't murder only Jews.

This outstanding piece in WSJ describes the Arafat's methodic killing of Palestinians who support peace and co-existance...

"During the uprising in the late 1980s, some 800 "collaborators" were murdered, many of them simply Palestinians who had prospered under Israeli occupation. After the 1993 Oslo accords gave him a statelet, Mr. Arafat quickly set about criminalizing "collaboration"--most famously with a law making the sale of land to Jews punishable by death. But those who get a trial are the lucky ones. Seven decades of "collaborator" killings have silenced or driven out many who would be open to coexistence with Israel."


Many like to cite the Palestinian death tolls as a sign of Israel's brutality - generally ignoring the circumstance in which these deaths occured. It is undeniable, however, that Arafat is responsible for tons of Arab blood as well - and is yet another sign that his interest lies in continuation of the conflict, not a peaceful resolution.

Someone named file 13 posted a very astute comment here:

Some of these people have stood up to Arafat and his goons, are sick of the constant endless violence, hand over evidence of murderers among their community, and are faithful to whatever peaceful principles of Islam and Christianity apply to the situation...

and they're killed for it.

I'm thinking of a word... try to guess what it is by the partof the definition that might just apply to this situation:

"2: a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle."

Oh, Arafat's making martyrs alright. It's just that you can't make them in suicide bomber camps and terror campaigns against the innocent civilians of your enemies. If there's any martyrs in this conflict among the Palestinians, it's those that Arafat has killed for their desire for peace.


I guess I am not the only one who sees the continuation of the violence as a result from the inability of Palestinian moderates to be heard over the homocidal ravings of Arafat, Hamas, et al.

Monday, April 22, 2002
 
Goddamn French
Europe is going through a very trying time reconciling its lofty (and often self-righteous) ideals with what it is really willing to live with. It is a heroic struggle that I think they will win, but it will take a long time. I wish them well.


Yes yes very good. That's what I believe as well. A lot of Europe tries to cling to its former glory, but the world is simply not the same. What France has conquered with its armies and navies in the past - the US has conquered with McDonalds and Coca Cola. But rather than embrace the reality and attempt to thrive in it, the french (and others) insist on blaming anything and everything on the new world, and do their damnest to resist it.

The same, by the way, can be said of the muslim world, except unlike France and England whose glory is 'only' two hundred or so years in the past, their glory is in the days of pre-Renaissance, when the world depended on Arab traders, and the Islamic world contributed a lot to sciences and mathematics. Those days are gone, but the Islamics also try to cling to their former, obsolete idea of relevance. It seems to me that the extreme elements like OBL have a lot of popular support exactly because they carry a promise of destroying the "new," such that those who adhere to the "old" will be relevant once again.

Perhaps that's why France and the Muslim world often allie each other against the perceived source of modernity - the US.

 

 
   
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