Thursday, May 22, 2008
Michigan. He was interviewed by the local Arab American News.
"Trust me, the majority of the people are not with the opposition," said Nassif in response.
It's really hard to trust a political party on this subject when they oppose a Lebanese census, oppose having early elections, and gerrymander parliamentary districts to neutralize the Christian votes. If you claim you have the majority, why do you support these tactics? Shouldn't you easily be able to show your "majority"? No, I won't trust you, Mr. Nassif.
"Where are the weapons from the U.S.? They have the weapons and we don't. Iran is helping to destroy Lebanon. If Iran really cares about Lebanon, they will support Lebanon," Nassif said. "We never want any other interference. We don't want no United States, we don't want Syria and we don't want Iran. It will not happen."
Mr. Nassif forgot to mention that Future Movement hired a security firm to train it's militias in Jordan. He also forgot to mention all of the $15,000 rifles that were seized from young Sunni teenagers in Beirut that are now in the hands of the Lebanese Army (I'll take the Lebanese Army's word for it since they can't afford those types of rifles). What about the young Sunni men captured by AMAL and the Lebanese Army that were coaxed into coming to Beirut (from their villages) for secretarial jobs in Future Movement offices, but instead were handed rifles to fight AMAL when they arrived? He claims that he wants an independent Lebanon, but his leader, Saad "the Saudi-Lebanese bastard hybrid" Hariri, takes his marching orders from Saudi Arabia.
Future Youth Association, the breeding ground for Al-Qaeda's Lebanese branch.
"We respect Hizbullah when they fight Israel, but when they kill people in Lebanon, you know this is wrong," he said. "That's not the goal of a resistance… Because they disagree with their [opponents'] opinion, they want to kill them off."
It's the "Sunni's are civilized" argument again. Remember Halba? The Sunni village that watched while 11 SSNP members were beaten to death in the streets? Very civilized, eh? None of these SSNP members were armed, took part in any fighting, they worked in an Opposition office and one of the men murdered wasn't even an SSNP sympathizer, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I guess the murderers "disagree with their [opponents'] opinion, they want to kill them off". Touché, Mr. Nassif. Well, I don't remember seeing the opposition doing anything like this - and I leave this as a challenge to any pro-government supporter, prove me wrong.
It's easy to sympathize with freedom of speech, and peace slogans until you start seeing the situation in color. You claim you want peace, yet you have nothing to say about the labor strike protesters that were attacked by your Sunni brothers in Tayyar al-Mustaqbal that helped sparked the recent violence in Lebanon. You claim that your political party's supporters have been bullied and attacked, yet you and your leader Saad Hariri made no mention of the Halba massacres.
Shame on you Mr. Nassif.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Here is a very interesting article written from the perspective of a Lebanese Christian. If you don't understand what is going on in Lebanon, it is a very accurate description of the events after Hariri's assassination leading up to now.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Although I disagree with some of the points made, the report is quite good nonetheless.
You're probably asking yourself, is this just another rant about a biased news reporter in a renowned media establishment? My answer is it’s either that, or one of the two writers needs of heavy dose of reality and common sense. Ok, so where did they go wrong this time?
Sectarian Violence the Root of the Current Conflict - Truth or Myth?
The massacre at Halba is sufficient evidence that proves that the conflict in Lebanon is not deeply rooted in sectarian tension! The mutilated bodies of the Sunni SSNP fighters and the civilians that were with them are ample proof for any skeptic mind and to the misinformed. Their chopped bodies, smashed features, and charred flesh speak for themselves. Those were Sunni countrymen killed at the hands of FM militiamen loyal to the "moderate, secular Sunni leaders like Mr. Hariri."
Those whistling the tune that professes the existence of sectarianism have some people fooled into believing that that is true. In fact, their constant chant is the wellspring from which sectarian sentiment is fed. "Repeat something long enough and it will become true" - a proven statement about human cognition.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Eleven innocent, unarmed men were tortured, beaten, and murdered in Halba by Hariri's Mustaqbal militia. They were murdered not because their religious beliefs (they were Sunni SSNP loyalists), but because they held different political views then the "average" Sunni from Lebanon. The PSP militiamen did the same thing to 3 innocent, unarmed, Hezbollah supporters. They stabbed and shot them to death. But I actually have more respect for the PSP than Mustaqbal, wanna know why? At least Jumblatt admitted responsibility for what his militiamen did. Saad Hariri's speech a couple days ago didn't make one mention of this, because he is a coward and he doesn't want people to know about what happened. Well now you know, let's see how you react. You will either push it aside and ignore it because you are too weak to face the fact that your God sent, divine, classy, educated Sunni Mustaqbal brothers did such a horrible act - or you will face the facts, change your views, and realize that the opposition has legitimate concerns, holds itself in a much more civilized way (since you will never find an incident like this from the opposition, I already named 2 from the pro-goverment people), and the pro-government coalition is using its political power to destabilize the country, and create a monopoly over Lebanon's government (you can't fire the head of the airport because he's Shia, of course he's sympathetic to Hezbollah). What you don't realize is, and you will realize it soon because the Shia aren't going anywhere, is that Hezbollah IS Lebanon. The Shia aren't going anywhere my friend, they aren't going to Iran (they don't want to make or live in an Islamic republic like you talk about), and they aren't going to live under a government that continuously ignores them. This isn't the Shia being controlled by the Hezbollah, or Hezbollah being controlled by Iran and Syria. It's the Shia fighting for their cause. If Hezbollah let the government take away their arms and dismantle their communications network, the Shia would look for new leadership. Trust me. They aren’t sheep. Stop ignoring them, realize they are just as Lebanese as you are, and take compromising steps for dialogue, like Michelle Aoun's memorandum of understanding.
When I look at this conflict I don't see Sunni or Shia. I see two powers, one an oppressor and when that is oppressed. One fighting for a just cause, and one fighting for an unjust cause. I cried when I saw those young mustaqbal militiamen in tears when they were captured by Amal (the teenagers that Hariri took out of villages and promised secretary jobs in Beirut). The opposition had mercy on them, and cried WITH them.
"We are prepared to fight for a few hours but not more," said one of the Sunni fighters in the waning moments of the battle. "Where do we get ammunition and weapons from? We are blocked. The roads are blocked. Even Saad Hariri has left us to face our fate alone."
"You can't just spend millions of dollars to build an army in one year," he said. "They have to be motivated and believe in something. They have to be willing to die."http://tayyar.org/Tayyar/News/PoliticalNews/en-US/128551436022946934.htm
You are my brother in Islam, you are my brother in Lebanon, and you are my brother in humanity.
Monday, May 12, 2008
To me, the only discordant voice is that which emanates from William Kristol and his likes. These producers of white noise are but ignominious individuals that disgrace the very tenants of humanity.
Lets begin by defining a well known term, terrorist. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a terrorist refers to an individual “who attempts to further his views by a system of coercive intimidation.” This description more often than not is attributed to people of dark complexion, stubby beards, loud voices, and hairy noses. Additionally, constant genuflectors, mosque visitors, scholars, students, parents, children, and people with the name “Akhmed” should be added to the mix. Sadly, that term is often used to unjustly deprecate innocent humans, when it should be used to label those who procure it!
Kristol, is an insurgent that has decided to rebel against the standards of morality by promoting the likes of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a prominent Russian terrorist. Jabotinsky, a founder and leader of the militant Zionist group, Irgun, is responsible for a countless number of terrorist attacks against the indigenous Arab population of
This policy of “active retaliation” is the legacy of brutality that is necessary for
It’s about time to discuss a pragmatic solution to the ailments of the region, and William Kristol’s caustic writing and immoral support for known terrorists, along with the
The miraculous redemption of the Jewish people is a myth fabricated by a Zionist political movement that attained and sustains power at the expense of very valuable blood and the lives of innocence, both Arabic and Jewish. It is justified by
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The American puppet governments in Egypt and Saudi Arabia threatened Syria if it didn't send the illegitimate Lebanese government an invitation to the Summit. So Syria did send an invitation. And what does the former accountant of Saudi investments in Lebanon, Prime Minister Fouad Siniora do? He declines the invitation and boycotts the summit! Usually when we have a problem, we talk to the other party in question and try to solve it - something we learn in grade school, right? Well thats not the way they do that in Lebanon. Sounds like they are taking lessons from George W. Bush's "your either with me or against me" foreign policy. This is especially disgusting when Lebanon is in the middle of a political crisis where there has been no President for four months. It's obvious at this point that the pro-government "March 14th" coalition is just trying to point fingers, as they would attend this summit if they had sincere intentions to solving the volatile political crisis.
"BEIRUT: After Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa urged the Lebanese to take part in an Arab summit this weekend in Damascus, the Lebanese government on Tuesday decided to boycott the summit without ruling out the possibility of sending a message that could be read at the summit. "Lebanon's absence from the summit does not imply any negative stands against Syria, but rather an occasion to assert Lebanon's democracy, sovereignty and independence," Information Minister Ghazi Aridi told reporters when reading the minutes of the Cabinet meeting."
What more to prove your independence and sovereignty than to send a delegation and to represent your country's specific opinions and concerns?
These acts are actually repressive to gaining the country's sovereignty and they show the true side of the March 14th pro-government coalition.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saad Hariri, the corrupt Saudi/Lebanese hybrid businessman leading the March 14th coalition in Lebanon has destroyed the last architectural beauties of pre-civil war Beirut. These buildings could have been preserved, renovated back into fully-functioning synagogues or even turned into museums to illustrate a piece of Lebanese history that many forget - the once thriving Jewish population. But they have been destroyed to build another skyscraper or nightclub that would hold more of Hariri's corrupt business partners and his company, Solidere.
These buildings in the Wadi Abu-Jmil district are protected historic landmarks. Like his father, he will continue his legacy of Saudi mercantilism - raping Lebanon to cope with his greed. All Lebanese - Sunni, Shia, Maronite, Druze, or Orthodox should be against these acts. Lebanon is a country with many different religions and sects, and protecting the rights of Jews are protecting the rights of all minorities in Lebanon and preserving our Lebanese heritage. Destroying one community is destroying all communities and the distinct beauty of what being Lebanese is really about - diversity. What community will be next? The Shia? The Maronites? The Druze? All Lebanese should stand together against Hariri and his business empire that destroys not only our culture and heritage - but destroys and splits our country politically as well.
Friday, March 21, 2008
In Israel, the rhetoric is same, raising feelings of insecurity about mounting threats, and as a result, serving to justify further militarization of their population and increasing armament.
On the international level, Jews and gentiles are made to feel similarly insecure as they are told that they due to the decision of the terrorists, and not as a result of Israel's muddled plans and illicit crimes, are now potential prey for a ruthless beast infused with hatred and bloodlust. Consequently, they immediately garner sympathy and support worldwide.
Equally important, the sense of insecurity begets a sense of urgency, coupled with a sense of responsibility, a feeling that something has to be done to protect and save Israel. When the pretext is created, and it will be, as it always has been created in the past, the war will proceed, and Israel's actions will seem natural and licit in the minds of all blind observers.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Now at this instant, we are confronted with two answers which indicate two conflicting outcomes: Either, the
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Honestly, I wasn't overly impressed with some of the opinions that the professors held at the close of the event; however, this does not make me neglectful and unappreciative of the admirable stance they took by speaking against the mighty Goliath that seems to have enslaved the will and minds of every influential mouthpiece in the public arena. In this meager contribution, I'll outline some of my opinions in regards to some of their thoughts.
First, let me begin with the 'infamous' question, that which concerns the existence of the state of Israel. The sacred unassailable paragon of democracy and justice that must never be questioned or subjected to anyones or any institutions analysis or oversight, because that is illicit, immoral and beyond the confines of decent and acceptable human behavior.
The professors affirmed their belief in the right of Israels existence, but also the existence of some form of Palestinian state, based on the UN partition plan, ignoring all the history and annexation that occurred before that ingenious plan was concocted. Hassan Nawash cleverly reminded the two professors that 35% of the Jews that lived at that time only owned 7% of the land before the partition, and that the problem lies in addressing why they deserve the lionshare of the land at the expense of the indigenous people, the Palestinians.
It seems that these professors, like many people who are somehow remotely detached from humanity and that are too engrossed with themselves, or a purely superficial reality, theoretical conjecture, or ink blotted papers, forget the nature of human beings, and the essence of the human spirit that simply doesn't submit its mind to simple promises or logical, flawed subjective plans, all that don't serve to remedy the ailments of peoples hearts, and serve to preserve their dignity, honor, and true justice, the true objective reality that exists on the scene of this conflict.
When will 'experts' learn that ideas such as 'land for peace', and other frail solutions will not and cannot ever solve the problem that exists. That a material promise cannot solve an immaterial problem, that gold cannot buy the collective consciousness of a people, or heal the countless wounds instilled through time.
Those few who spoke of challenging Israels right to exist, rightfully engaged in something that is permitted in any country or land in which a governing body governs the inhabitants of a land, and such an argument is not exclusive for Israel. If in America for instance, the government acts to oppress the people which it governs, then naturally, the people who gave the government its legitimacy, have a just right to demand that their rights be respected, and have the right to hold those that infringed on their rights accountable.
An apartheid state, must not exist in its apartheid nature - that doesn't entail the eradication of the Afrikaner population, and similarly, the dissolving of Israel in its current illegitimate form doesn't entail the eradication and destruction of the Jewish population. It does however include the elimination of a problem that has existed for six decades, the erasing of Palestine and the Palestinians off the map, minds, and hearts of humankind, a sentence, which the entire world doesn't feel or think is reprehensible.
I don't expect six hundred words to be sufficient enough to awaken the consciousness of the world, and that is why I implore every reader who takes a glance at my words, or anyones words, regardless of ones predisposition towards the issue being discussed, to investigate with an objective mind to seek the truth. It is not easy, it does appear to be gray, but believe me, even if you don't believe that causality is absolutely true, every effect has some reasonable cause, therefore, don't distract yourself with the effect, and shift your gaze and peer at the root cause, that which must be addressed.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The gunman was not affiliated to any group in Palestine and Hamas (or any other group for that matter) have denied responsibility. Conveniently, an American was "severely" wounded along with the 8 dead Israelis.
People, I think Israel and America have found their next pretenses for the next war in Lebanon. This one will be a regional war, including Israel and America. And this time, I'm afraid Lebanon will be used to wipe the floor of the remaining "terrorist" organizations in the middleast. Just another chapter of the war on terror.
Friday, March 7, 2008
One of the most disgusting aspects of this whole affair is how the Israeli propagandists have claimed that most of the dead are "militants". This is probably untrue. And ignoring the distinction between combatant and non-combatant is the first step in the process of genocide - where they successfully depict the entire population itself as a threat. And so what if it is true? Hamas is a popularly elected mass movement and is the legitimate governing party of Palestine. It is a movement of resistance that stands against occupation and Zionism. Killing Hamas members and calling them "terrorists" or "militants" is not better than killing civilians, especially since these attacks are largely unprovoked. (Sderot? Give me a break). The people of Gaza have been placed in a cage and are now the subject of planned extermination. The streets of every major city in the world should be raging in protest.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Here's an article about why Obama continues to score the lowest when it comes to the best interests of Israel from Live from Dearborn and I's favorite Israeli news site, Haaretz.
It seems that Israelis are worried about Obama when it comes to the war on terror. They seem to see that Obama doesn't handle it the way Clinton and McCain do since he isn't as hostile to Iran and wants to pull the troops out of Iraq much more quickly.
I have strong beliefs regarding the two party system we have in America, in that both the Republican and Democratic parties represent two facets of the same business party, which advocates for corporate interests. One thing I do believe, though, that an Obama presidency will bring a much needed substantial difference to our country in today's political climate. A difference where we eliminate the "need" for a neo-con foreign policy of pre-emptive war and throwing diplomacy out the window. This doesn't at all mean he is great person. All it means is that he doesn't need support of the the neo-conservatives, so he doesn't advocate for them. None of the presidents before Bush Jr. advocated for the small politically insignificant minority we call the neo-conservatives. However, he still does need the support of the corporate world, so he advocates for them, just like Clinton or McCain.
More importantly, he still needs the support of AIPAC, and he has stood by Israel and their policies very closely during his run for the democratic nomination. They (AIPAC) have been worried about Obama, despite the fact that he has conducted himself impeccably on their question (see: The Obama section of "Why Nader is Important"), surely by the stringent standards of AIPAC. Now however, even if Hillary doesn't win the democratic nomination, the Israeli government can breath a sigh of relief. Obama will behave.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
It is true that Talal Chahine apparently cheated the government of millions of dollars of tax revenue and this is reprehensible. But the hoopla and identification with terror groups is something the Arab-American community has grown used to whenever one of its member’s attempts to evade taxes. As many in the community know, Talal Chahine was certainly not known for his Islamic devotion but instead the excess and pomp with which he lived.
At some of his establishments he served alcohol. This is by no means the sign of someone with a strict Islamic ideology since selling alcohol is strictly forbidden in Islam. I could care less about whether or not this man was religious, but instead wish to underscore the blatant contradiction reality has with what is being reported.
What is particularly disquieting about this entire situation is the alarmism with which it was received on the internet and the knee-jerk finger pointing which ensued. Talal Chahine was well embedded within the white establishment and if he was supporting terrorism, then those closest to him in local government must have been complicit.
Whether it was the Dearborn city officials who demand kick backs from successful Arab-American businesses or other very high ranking non-Arabs who were close to this man, I hope to see many arrested for accepting bribes and kickbacks from him. Afterwards, I would like to see terrorism charges pinned on as icing. But do we ever see that happen? Of course not. Although this may seem absurd, this line of reasoning is precisely that which the feds follow when it comes to Arabs.
On the flipside, it is possible that Chahine is not the Islamic fundamentalist the government is making him out to seem. The government recklessly pins terrorism affiliations to EVERY single tax fraud case that involves Arab-Americans and in my opinion, this strategy is intentional. The point is to build a climate of fear as a back drop to all Arab-American business transactions. Compound this with the enormous financial resources being thrown at Detroit federal law enforcement agencies because of its large Arab population and what results is a trigger happy fed which will accuse you of terrorism for running a red light!
Once again, I could care less about Talal Chahine or anyone affiliated with him and I certainly do not wish to be an apologist for him. But what I would like to bring attention to is the countless other businessmen who are not being treated as full fledged Americans. Having only superficial ties to the homeland of their parents, the only remnants of their culture, country, and sometimes even religion is simply their name.
These individuals identify as Americans before any other form of identification but must suffer excessive scrutiny and punishment if they partake in what millions of other white Americans partake in on a daily basis, that is, white collar or blue collar crime. It is by no means acceptable, but a cause for concern in our country which prides itself for its fair and just judicial system.
I said it before and I’ll say it again.
A spade is a spade. A scam is a scam. But a crook is not necessarily a terrorist
[Thanks Jess for story].