Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Middle East roundup

Why "troop withdrawal" does not equal to "peace".

The popular saying among the anti-war crowd is that should the US simply withdraw all its troops from the Middle East, Al-Qaeda will not be able to recruit any more Jihadists.

Let the Gaza "Withdrawal" fallout be the contradictory fact to THAT myth.

The Palestinian attack near the Gush Etzion block of settlements was the deadliest since July. It followed Israeli intelligence warnings that Palestinian fighters, who claim they drove Israel out of Gaza by force, would now shift their focus to the West Bank.

(emphasis mine)

And another myth bites the dust! What people need to understand is that Terrorist organizations don't see the withdrawal of troops as an extension of an olive branch, but rather as a sign of victory due to their tactics.

It simply re-enforces their belief that should they continue their campaign of terror, their enemies would concede to their demands, and encourages them to extend their goals. (If they withdraw from Gaza why not the West Bank, if they withdraw from the West Bank why not all of Israel).

Think about it, did Hezbollah cease to exist after the Israeli pullout from southern Lebanon? No. It made them popular among the locals and their terror campaign never stopped.
And the same thing would happen should the US withdraw completely from the Middle East. They will see it as a victory to their methods. And then god knows what they'll do next.

Religious "Tolerance" in Egypt

Sandmonkey details a disgusting incident where a Church in Egypt was surrounded by a bunch of religious fanatics due to a "play" they deemed "offensive".
Read it here if you can stomach this kind of crap.

Breath of Fresh Air in Saudi Arabia:

One of the things I have always regretted was not following up on my Arabic reading skills, this way I wasn't able to translate some kick-ass commentary from the Arab press (yes it exists from time to time) on this blog. However thanks to CTT, a reader of this blog, who directed me to this MEMRI release from Saudi columnist Muhammad bin 'Abd Al-Latif Aal Al-Sheikh. I'm familiar with his writing and commentary when I lived in Saudi from 1996 to 2000, but never really had the time to translate his work. (My reading is ok, but it takes me a good 30 minutes to get through one article in Arabic).

Anyway read the translation. Its amazing to say the least! And a good tool to use against the anti-war "Bush=Hitler" morons.

Thanks CTT!

Iraq's Constitution

I've received several e-mails asking me for my opinion on this. I've remained quiet about it because I do have some reservations to the actual document. However its a good step nonetheless. I'll comment on the matter when the results have been validated. For now, I'll just refer you to Iraq the Model for the up-to the minute progress.

Finally some Comic Relief:

I don't know why I haven't added Nadz to my blogroll yet (Ramadan Laziness I guess). She's an amazing blogger which makes my rants look amateur. Anyway, head on over and check out her post "Zarqawi and Zawahiri Intercepted" for some much needed comic relief in these tense days.


At Tuesday, 18 October, 2005, Blogger Scott A. said...

There's another reason why the U.S. pulling out of the Middle East wouldn't work towards peace. Iraq would likely descend into a civil war, a la Lebanon or Afghanistan after the pullouts that happened in those countries.

At Wednesday, 19 October, 2005, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Yeah That too. :)

At Wednesday, 19 October, 2005, Blogger admin said...

look what is going on in southern iraq to the brits with iran, unreal. they all hate each other but hate us more. maybe they need to settle the score between one another and see how good they had it with us there so they will ask us to come back on their own accord?

AK, i am writing a piece today on my blog on the situation in Egypt. I have a direct communique from the islamist group. i put in 15 articles yesterday, so i am wiped. i am adding a forum to my website. As a Magi, i welcome you
: )

At Wednesday, 19 October, 2005, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Thanks CTT, but what is your blog's url?

At Wednesday, 19 October, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Thursday, 20 October, 2005, Anonymous CTT said...

AK go to www.freedomfromterror.org

the blogspot is freedomfromterrorforall.blogspot.com

by the way i stumbled upon another blog this am, intelibriefs or something like that. it is a good resource, a compilation of articles. i think it is from a mostly hindu perspective, not exactly sure but it is a good resource.

the above joke is sickening AK people like that will not be permitted into the forum and comments like that will not be permitted at freedomfromterror blogspot. just sick. one day it will be stomped out and people like that will be as respected as the KKK!

At Thursday, 20 October, 2005, Blogger CanadianGoose said...

Cool Post

At Thursday, 20 October, 2005, Blogger CanadianGoose said...

It's because of the Occupation. And since Occupation to muslim arabs is the existence of Israel, the violence will never cease.

At Monday, 24 October, 2005, Blogger mike king said...

Mr Music said...

I want to tell you all a story 'bout a GTA urban wife

Who had a teenage daughter who attended Harper Valley Junior High

Well her daughter came home one afternoon and didn't even stop to play

She said Mom I got a note here from the Harper So-Cons in the G.T.A.

The note said Misses Urban Girl, you're wearing your dresses way too high

It's reported you've been talking to the youth and ethnics, women’s groups and gays

And we don't believe you ought to be a bringing up your little girl this way

It was signed by the secretary, Harper So-Cons GTA.

Well, it happened So-Cons G.T.A. were gonna meet that very afternoon

They were sure surprised when Misses Urban Girl wore her miniskirt into the room

And as she walked up to the blackboard I still recall the words she had to say

She said, I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

Well there's John Reynolds, sitting there and seven times he's asked me for a date

Messrs. Flaherty and Clement always missing that retirement is just 4 months away

And Mr. Capobianco can you tell us what your smokin’ that makes you blind

And shouldn't Peter Kent be reading news not playing with you wasting all his time

Well Mr Harper couldn't be here 'cause he’s filling sandbags for the bunker again

He may as well get ready cuz the writing’s on the wall – “you loser has-been”

Then you have the nerve to tell me you think that as a mother I'm not fit

Well this is just a little piece of urban Canada where none of you are ever gonna fit.

No, I wouldn't put you on because it really did, it happened just this way

The day my Mama socked it to the Harper So-Cons G.T.A.

At Thursday, 15 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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