Monday, August 07, 2006

Christian Roots Of Zionism

Although, it may seem that the Xristian/Jewish distinction is a dead red herring - I think it's more about the level of wealth rather than religious affilliation.

I agree, nevertheless, I think it is important to establish the Christian links to Zionism. These links are well documented. I bring up the subject so that we could discuss the motivations behind this linkange if any? Please consider the material below as a starting point.

Ok, I remember reading about the Christian roots of Zionism on pccasion. I am not suggesting that those who settled in Palestine were Christians. The point being made here is that Zionism is a Christian European project with its roots in Western civilization. Many Christians in France and Britain were the nurturers of the notion. "Jews" latched on to the idea centuries later. I present but a few examples I was quickly, able to come across the web, which instruct on the Christian roots of Zionism.

The pagan Roman Emperor Julian began the project of restoring the Jews to Jerusalem and rebuilding the temple. He fell in battle before the project could be completed, and subsequent Christian emperors abandoned the project.

However, with the rise of Prstestantism and the Enlightenment brought a spirit to Europe wherein, support grew for restoration of the Jews as the rightful owners of "the Holy Land." This movement was nourished by many sources, not all favorable to the Jews. The theology of some branches of Protestantism posits that the second coming of Christ would only come only after the Jews were reestablished in their land. Antisemites believed that establishment of a Jewish homeland would be a convenient way to rid Europe of Jews. Imperialists hoped that a Jewish Palestine would be an excuse for a British protectorate there, and might serve as a solution for the "Eastern Question."

The idea of Jewish restoration was not alien to British culture. In 1621, the British MP Sir Henry Finch wrote a book entitled "The World's Great Restoration." He encouraged Jews to reassert their claim to the Holy Land, writing, "Out of all the places of thy dispersion, East, West, North and South, His purpose is to bring thee home again and to marry thee to Himself by faith for evermore." However, the idea remained dormant until the enlightenment and the rise of nationalism in the 19th century coincided with the full bloom of British Imperialism.

In 1799, Napoleon issued a proclamation promising to restore Palestine to the Jews, as he was camped outside Acre. Though Napoleon was forced to withdraw from Palestine, the idea had been planted and took root in British soil. For religious, or humanitarian or philosophical or imperialist motives, prominent Britons learned Hebrew, wrote novels about restoration of the Jewish commonwealth, began settlement and exploration societies and advocated restoration of the Jews in public and in private. Among the advocates we may include Lord Lindsay, Lord Shaftesbury Lord Palmerston, Disraeli, Lord Manchester, George Eliot, Holman Hunt, Sir Charles Warren, Hall Caine and others. Shaftesebury was probably responsible for the phrase "A country without a nation for a nation without a country," later to become the Zionist slogan "A land without a people for a people without a land." He asserted, " There is unbroken identity of Jewish race and Jewish mind down to our times; but the great revival can take place only in the Holy Land."

Lord Lindsay wrote:

The soil of "Palestine still enjoys her sabbaths, and only waits for the return of her banished children, and the application of industry, commensurate with her agricultural capabilities, to burst once more into universal luxuriance, and be all that she ever was in the days of Solomon. ( Crawford, A.W.C. (Lord Lindsay), Letters on Egypt, Edom and the Holy Land, London, H. Colburn 1847, V II, p 71).

Charles Henry Churchill, a British resident of Damascus, also became a zealous propagator of the creation of a Jewish State in Palestine. In 1841 he wrote a letter to the Jewish philanthropist Moses Montefiore in which he stated: "...I consider the object to be perfectly obtainable. But, two things are indispensably necessary. Firstly, that the Jews will themselves take up the matter unanimously. Secondly, that the European powers will aid them in their views..."

In 1839 the Church of Scotland sent Andrew Bonar Robert Murray M'Cheyne, to report on "the Condition of the Jews in their land." Their report was widely publicized in Great Britain and it was followed by a "Memorandum to Protestant Monarchs of Europe for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine." This memorandum was printed verbatim in the London Times, including an advertisement by Lord Shaftesbury igniting an enthusiastic campaign by the Times for restoration of the Jews.

In August 1840 the Times reported that the British government was considering Jewish restoration. It added that "a nobleman of the Opposition" (apparently Lord Shaftesbury) was making inquiries to determine:

1. Jewish opinion of the proposed restoration.

2. Jewish readiness to live in Palestine and invest their capital in agriculture.

3. How soon they would be ready to go.

4. Whether they would pay for their own passage, given assurance of safety to life and property.

5. Whether they would be willing to live under the Turkish rule, protected by Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Austro- Hungary.

Lord Shaftesbury was the most active restoration lobbyist. 'The inherent vitality,' he wrote, 'of the Hebrew race reasserts itself with amazing persistence. Its genius, to tell the truth, adapts itself more or less to all the currents of civilization all over the world, nevertheless always emerging with distinctive features and a gallant recovery of vigor.

Lord Shaftesbury lobbied for the idea with Prime Minister Palmerston and his successors in the government and was incidentally instrumental in the considerable assistance and protection against oppression that Britain henceĀ­forth extended to the Jews already living in Palestine.

Sir George Gawler, a hero of Waterloo, urged the restoration of the Jews as the remedy for the desolation of Palestine. In 1848 he wrote, "I should be truly rejoiced to see in Palestine a strong guard of Jews established in flourishing agricultural settlements and ready to hold their own upon the mountains of Israel against all aggressors. I can wish for nothing more glorious in this life than to have my share in helping them do so." Gawler formed a Palestine colonisation fund to help the work of settlement.

In her novel, Daniel Deronda (1876), George Eliot advocated, "the restoration of a Jewish state planted in the old ground as a center of a national feeling, a source of dignifying protection, a special channel for special energies and an added voice in the councils of the world."

The restoration movement fed off the nascent Jewish nationalist movement Colonel Churchill in Damascus was influenced by Montefiore, who had been trying to secure a Jewish homeland in Palestine from the Mehmet Ali, the Khedive of Egypt. Ali was not opposed, but he was deposed shortly thereafter. George Eliot's Daniel Deronda reflected her thorough grounding in the work of the Jewish historian Heinrich Graetz, who believed in national restoration of the Jews in their own land.

F. Laurence Oliphant (1829-1888), MP and Evangelical Christian, was a follower of Lord Shaftesbury. In 1880 Oliphant published a book entitled The Land of Gilead, urging the British Parliament to assist the restoration of Jews to Palestine from Russia and Eastern Europe, and advocating that Palestinian Arabs be removed to reservations like those of the North American Indians.

The interest of Britain in Palestine expressed itself in the "capitulations" won from the Turks, allowing them to place missions there and to found charitable works such as hospitals, settlement colonies and exploratory surveys like those of Conder. In fact, there were over a 1,000 British travelogues and surveys of the Middle East in the 19th century. Such exploratory travels, as in the case of famous explorers such as Burton and Livingston, usually preceded British imperial involvement in a region. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, British interest in the Middle East increased, because it was considered essential to guard the route to India and to guarantee the stability of the Turkish empire against Russian and other imperialist threats. Settlement of Jews in Palestine was offered first as a way to bolster the faltering Turks and help guarantee the security of the Suez canal. The idea which had seemed utopian became a more or less respectable and acceptable project.

The point here is to further establish and put into context that the Zionist movement was at the onset and continues to be a colonialist emdeavor.

Zionism's insistence that European Jewish colonial settlers in Palestine were White Europeans is as old as Zionism itself. In his magnum opus, Der JudenStaat (The State of the Jews) published in 1896, Herzl unabashedly identified the Zionist state to be "the portion of the rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilisation as opposed to barbarism". When negotiating later with the Portuguese Ambassador Count Paraty to locate an African territory to be colonised by European Jews (most likely Mozambique), Herzl asked Paraty to inquire of the Portuguese government the following: "Is there a territory sufficiently habitable and cultivable by Europeans?"

Quote from Non-Jewish Zionism: Its Roots in Western History
by Regina Sharif

Moreover, just as 'Palestine' was a construct of European Christian scholarship, so the principle sources for information on the subject, Jewish, Classical pagan and Christian, were also largely the exclusive preserve of European Christian scholars, thanks, largely, to the Roman Catholic Church.

This is an outright racist article however, it shows nascent Zionist firmly suckling in the bossom of Christiany.
Jewish figures as Pinsker, Nordau, and Herzl in the late 19th century. But there already existed in Europe Christian Zionists who, recognizing the continuing plight of Jews as a stateless people and, in many cases, inspired by the Old Testament, began to discuss and promote the idea of a Jewish return to Zion.

In her riveting study, Bible and Sword, the historian Barbara Tuchman traced the origins of Christian Zionism in England, from the earliest days to its full flourishing in late Victorian England. It was there that Christian Zionists won the earliest converts, including such powerful spokesmen as the writers George Eliot (Daniel Deronda), Laurance Oliphant, and the lesser-known Charlotte Elizabeth (Judea Capta), important statesmen such as Lord Salisbury and Lord Shaftesbury, and military men such as Colonel Churchill, all of whom were inspired by a vision based on Biblical history that led them to investigate the possibilities of making that vision real. Through speeches and writing, they promoted the restoration of a Jewish commonwealth in what, since Roman times, had been known to Western Christendom as the Holy Land or Palestine, a forsaken place divided under Moslem rule into various Ottoman administrative units, or vilayets.

In addition, to further substantiate the European roots of Zionism, consider this passage: Passage from: A Basic History of Zionism and its Relation to Judaism-

There had been a number of revolts and uprisings against their hegemony and their collaboration with Rome, Jesus was one non violent example, and so they decided to leave when the Romans pulled out. Most of the indigenous subsistence farmers, craftsmen and small-time traders stayed put and continued their lives as before. Some of these inhabitants were early Christians and form the ancestors of today's Palestinian Christians, others remained Jewish. Modern research suggests that when Islam arrived in the area in 638 AD many of these Jews converted and that they form a considerable part of today's Palestinians. Numerous surnames, such as Mousa, Dini and Canaan, are even nowadays shared by Arab Jews, Muslims and Christians. Incidentally, people with the surnames Da Souza and Sassoon were originally from the Jewish community in Suza, the ancient capital of Persia. Those who left with the Romans later dispersed to other parts of Europe and even central Asia, where there were some trading outposts. The bulk of European Jews, however, consisted of Khazars, inhabitants of an important kingdom in the early middle ages, roughly between the Caspian and the Black sea. One of their Khans or kings converted to Judaism around 740 AD and made Judaism the state religion. In the 9th century Khazaria finally fell to the Viking hordes and its inhabitants dispersed throughout much of Europe. Thus the idea of a "return" of European Jews to their roots is an absurd myth.

The financing and membership of the Zionist project may have been Jewish (French - British financing ... most members Eastern Europeans ) nevertheless, the reformantion of the Jew to Palestine was a Christian idea that emerged with Protestantism and the Enlightenment -- strenghened and eventually, realized with the amassed wealth [and the power it yielded ] from mercantilism, colonialism and slavery--beginning in the early 15th century.

Lastly, see also, Lovers of Zion: A Brief History of Christian Zionism by Thomas Ice, which places this Christian support for Zion as far back as the 2nd century AD but becoming more avid in the 12th century.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

UNSC Draft Resolution for Ceasefire

The text of the draft proposal can be found at the link indicated below:

Lebanon has rejected the language of the Draft resolution, which contained loopohes whereby, Israel could continue attacking targets in Lebanon pre-emptively. Lebanon has asked for changes in the text of the resolution.

Israel has also showed concern over the draft resolution and the government will be meeting in a few days time to discuss it.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Labanon Abortion: Nevermind the Birth Pangs

Baby Lebanon Aborted With Monkey Wrench:
Nevermind the Birthpangs

A caption read:
"Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East."

US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice calls Lebanon's suffering "Birth pangs," i.e., an unbearable pain suffered to bear life. Above all, Rice would have us accept that this destruction of Lebanon is a miraculous "opportunity" for stability. So, I guess the contention is that Lebanon must suffer pain for this new democratic baby, which generals and think tank strategists have so conveniently, planned for her? After all, they do have a clear vision for a new and improved, fat free, low calorie Middle East, like they did in Iraq?

Does Lebanon want this forced pregnancy? I think not. But let me also ask, must Lebanon suffer this birth pain because rapists are attempting to impregnate her repeatedly, (thousands or sorties entering the womb of Lebanon in the past 24 days) with huge missiles slamming her to bear this unwanted child, a democratic baby from (a)broad? I guess the land and seaboard artillery is mere foreplay and the 15, 000 troops are cuddling her with succulent kisses.

This is even more absurd when we consider that Lebanon just had a beautiful child of patriotism and home-grown democracy in March of last year. The Bush administration said so itself, when referring to the Cedar Revolution. In fact, Lebanon is one the rare successful endeavors the administration supported in the Middle East, unlike its debacles elsewhere. Every domestic and international policy initiative has been a total fiasco, including but not limited to, Katrina, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, etc.

Israel is brutal in its rape of Lebanon, and can't wait for a full term birth -- implementing "Operation [Cesarean] Clean Break." A ruthless procedure not to care but to destroy, not to nurture but to maim, not to bring life but to kill hundreds and wound thousands. Obviously, this baby will be stillborn because of all the trauma mother Lebanon has suffered. The rapist will kill the baby in order to hide its crimes, in a back alley, in the dead night, you say? On the contrary, on world wide media outlets in plain view, the Zionist State uses a monkey-wrench twisting and pulling with method and purpose, to bludgeon this baby.

It is plain for all to see, the world is held hostage just like we were in the build up to the Iraq War in 2003. We are forced to watch sadomassochistic Israel slowly, but assuredly, pull out baby Lebanon with a monkey wrench, blood drop by flesh drip, with screams and echoes of bombs as soundtrack.

This dismal diplomat Rice, is continually, shaking her head, grinning and mumbling incoherently and urging the carnage and criminal destruction of Lebanon on and on. Yet, indignantly, offers Lebanon "humanitarian aid." Well, wham bang thank you Ma'am. Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation how about some viagra? A sustainable peace from a piece of "Ras" and "Bint" over. A few laser guided missiles ought to compensate, stout, straight and majestic as they penetrate, on target.

Secretary Rice maintains it is still too, early to stop killing the Lebanese people, still early to stop the bombing raids and "conditions" are not yet correct on the ground to have a cease-fire. Is it her opinion that the current time is perfect for the death of more Lebanese civilians?

"Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East."
A "raven" who "brings only destruction."

Al Quds (Palestinian Authority affiliated Newspaper) published the cartoon above satirically, depicting Rice pregnant with a monkey. Ynet News, hastily, ran to the her rescue with nuances of racism.,7340,L-3284271,00.html

The black widow
Black and a spinster
Outrage? Unflattering bestow
Black widow spider?
Must equal racism

To discredit Arab
Kibbutzim kosher kooshim
Niggard Triggers Stab
kowtow Israeli Zionism
Shrill alarm 'racism'

Back at the ranch
Even Sephardi "Kooshimism"
Original Jew branch
To Talmudic Judaism
Ethiopian Jew racism

A true Jew?
Indigo Shrew?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Enclave Of Global Islamic Movements

Hundreds of Philippine troops have clashed with suspected Islamist

The Abu Sayyaf has been linked to Al-Qaeda

Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani has been sighted on the island of Jolo

Hundreds of Philippines troops clash with Islamist fighters after bombing their base in the south of the country. Helicopter gunships and fixed-wing aircraft fired rockets and dropped bombs on the base of suspected members of Abu Sayyaf. The military has launched a new offensive against Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesian-based group, in the southern Philippines.

A military spokesperson said: "We've been tracking these groups for months," a spokesman told reporters in Zamboanga City. "The time is now. We've located them and we're going to finish them off."
Heavy fighting broke out after the bombing on the remote island of Jolo in Sulu province. Two soldiers were wounded in the operation, which involved 500 troops. The leader of Abu Sayyaf, Khaddafy Janjalani, and a number of fighters belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah, another Islamist group, have been seen on Jolo in recent months, military officials have said.

US perspective * (the "war on terror")

The presence of the leadership of both Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah on the island raised concerns that they might be planning attacks against Philippine and US troops based there as part of a counterterrorism training operation. Australia has recently given the Philippine $10 million toward efforts in defeating these guerilla groups. After September 11, 2001, the US sent additional troops to the Philippines (The US maintains many bases on the islands and are key in its strategic fleet) in its campaign on 'terror.'

The two Islamist groups are continuing to plot bomb attacks in southeast Asia, military intelligence authorities have said. Abu Sayyaf is blamed for the country's worst terrorist attack, the bombing of a ferry near Manila in February 2004 that killed more than 100 people. The group wants a separate state for the minority Muslim population in the Philippines.

Jemaah Islamiyah is fighting for an Islamic State that includes Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand. The Abu Sayyaf has been linked to Al-Qaeda.

CNN has also reported heavy fighting.

Manila, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine military helicopters fired rockets at the
southern jungle hideouts of Al Qaeda-linked groups as more than 1,000 troops
launched a fresh offensive against the militants, officials said Wednesday.

Helicopter gunships fired rockets late Tuesday in the vicinity of Indanan town. A military statement said Abu Sayyaf leaders were reportedly converging in the area. Ground troops also were involved in the assault. There were no reports of casualties, but Saban confirmed that about 1,000 residents were moved to safety.

Elsewhere, hostilities broke out in the province of Sulu on Tuesday, August 1, 2006, as the military launched an operation against suspected bombers in Bali, Indonesia identified only as Dulmatin and Patek, the military Southern Command said Wednesday. Five Abu Sayyaf rebels and a guide were killed and five soldiers wounded, as clashes continued in a remote area of Indanan town. Indanan was the scene of sporadic gunbattles and shelling late last year, forcing thousands of villagers to evacuate.

"We have been planning and working for months to find and track the terrorist leadership in Sulu and the time is now," the military statement quoted SouthCom (Southern Command) chief Maj. Gen. Gabriel Habacon as saying. "Those individuals will either give up, be captured or be killed through our action," Habacon said. "This will not be a quick battle, but it will be one where we will be decisive and victorious."

The Abu Sayyaf group -- on a US terrorist list -- carries out ransom kidnappings, beheadings and bombings, including a February 2004 attack that gutted a ferry and killed 116 people in one of Southeast Asia's worst terrorist attacks. Previous U.S.-backed offensives have reduced the number of guerrillas from about 1,000 several years ago to an estimated 400. However, recruitment and training continues in the various bases these groups control. While, gov't authorities have complained about teen agers being recruited by these groups.

Some of the groups in the Philippines include, The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Jemaa Islamiyah, (JI). JI claimed responsibility for the Bali bombings, in 2002 that killed 202 people. The JI is also blamed for the Davao airport and wharf bombings in the southern Philippines in 2003. The attacks left 38 people, including an American passenger, dead.
All these groups are strictly monitored by military and paramilitary troops, and many of the leaders have been captured or killed. Nevertheless, when members are compromised, arrested or killed they are replaced and the group continues its struggles.

The captured -- several high-level guerillas -- include Jeqi aka, Zaqqi, Gumbahali Jumdail, Rasam Mohammad, GammalBaharan aka Tapay, Toting Craft Hanno aka, Jakaria, Galib Andang, Alhamar Limbong and Hamsiraji Sali; nonetheless, the gov't has been unable to destroy these groups.

Gulf Times is reporting that kidnappers, suspected to be Abu Sayyaf rebels, were demanding 10mn pesos ($194,175) in ransom for the release of two hostages, a business woman and her son, who own a bakery and a pawn shop. article

The Philippines gov't also fights against insurgents in the eastern part of Mindanao, where the New People's Army (NPA) is prevalent. The NPA is a Marxist group. Here is an overview of the Philippines' main rebel groups:

- Based in the southern Philippines, Abu Sayyaf ("bearer of the sword" in Arabic,) have undertaken a violent campaign of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and beheadings, in their fight for a separate state for the Muslim minority who make up five percent of the 80 percent Catholic republic.

- Formed in 1991, when it split from the Moro National Liberation Front, the ASG is the smallest Filipino militant group, with around 400 core fighters. The US lists it, and the Philippines communist party, as terrorist organizations

- It is blamed for the country's worst terror attack, a 2004 ferry bombing that killed more than 100 people. It is thought to have stronger international ties than the other Philippine groups. In 2005, the US State Department recorded growing cooperation between al Qaeda's regional network, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), and ASG. Its first leader fought the Soviets in Afghanistan, and early finance came from a Saudi businessman. (I've also heard Iran might be financing/arming too)

- The militant Rajah Sulaiman Movement, based in Manila and northern Luzon, and composed of Christian converts to Islam, are reportedly ASG's vehicle to move into urban areas.


- The Muslim separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) started fighting for an independent Moro nation in 1968.

- A 1996 peace deal with the government created the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the west of the island. MNLF leaders have been installed as governors, but some 450 breakaway MNLF members have continued to attack army troops. The colonial Spanish term for followers of Islam, "Moro" or "moors," has been reclaimed by Filipino Muslims. It highlights the country's pre-Christian national identity -- Islam predates its 16th-century arrival by a few centuries.


Members of MILF

- MILF has a stronger religious emphasis than the MNLF, from which it split in 1977, but the same avowed end-goal of a separate state for five to six million Muslims.

- Some 12,000 MILF militants live in southern Mindanao, the second-largest, most easterly, and poorest of the 7,107 islands.

- Analysts say MILF's 2001 peace deal, still being negotiated with Manila, distanced it from the JI extremists. But sporadic MILF attacks on troops are continuing 40 years of fighting that has killed over 120,000.


- The ranks of the Maoist military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), have swollen from a small core in 1971 to around 10,000 members, mostly based in Mindanao.

- Aiming to overthrow the government through revolution, the primarily rural-based guerillas target and kill security forces, politicians, judges, and government informers.

- After peace talks with Manila stalled in 2001, the US added the CCP to its list of terrorist organizations.

The Philippines is more a less, a colony of the US. The US took the Philippines, as well as, Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898. As mentioned above, Spain controlled the islands after the Moors left it. The Philippines helped US forces fight the Spanish and were promised independence but they were betrayed by imperialist designs. Many in the elite still speak Spanish and much of the names of Filipinos are Spanish. The gov't declared English its official language in 2004, even though, not all Filipinos speak English. In fact, there are tens of tens of languages spoken in the thousands of islands.

The guerillas combating the Philippines gov't represent a growing movement of politically motivated armed groups around the world. These movements appear in such diverse places as Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Aden, Nairobi, Dar-Es-Salaam, Israel (occupied), Malaysia, Chechnia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kashmir, Indonesia, the Philippines, southern Thailand, Somalia, Istanbul, Iraq, Afghanistan. Mumbai and now, Lebanon. There is an Islamic party in all the Muslim nations, which the pro-Western gov'ts keep under tight control, yet simmering. All these movements are Islamic and armed in the background while, colonialization, hegemony and client States always, loom in the foreground.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Story here:

ILLNESS BEFALLS CASTRO age 80 -- Raoul age 75, takes over

For the first time in 50 years, Cuban President Fidel Castro has been forced to hand over power -- at least temporarily -- to his 75-year-old brother, Raul, after undergoing intestinal surgery. Fidel Castro is seeing some dark hours at the moment. I send out all my positive energy toward him and imbue incessant prayers on his behalf.

I just don't want to cry again in honor of another fallen hero, alas Castro would have earned every drop and each sob. Even though, I'm certain the journey never ends just as in this beginning and so unto that end. Nevertheless, last time, when Arafat fell suddenly and unexpectedly, I was politically, emotionally and spiritually affected by the sad news. I was crushed and cried like a baby.

Some analysts have claimed that Arafat was too, flamboyant and too ineffective as a manager both administratively and as a commander of the armed wing. History though, will show that he led the way for the coming 4th generation asymmetrical warriors of the subnationlist genre. The record will point out that his steadfastness is the foundation from which the challenging the oppressors of his people stem. Once they stop throwing stones and learn to fire sophisticated weapons the tide will change.

Castro has been HUGE!!! His social programs in the Caribbean nation has surpassed those implemented by the richest country in the world. The party's impetus in critical social infrastructure such as health care and education are unparalled. This clearly shows what representatives of the people can accomplish when their own self interest is not the primary objective.

Peace and Health to you Fidel Castro, both on this plane and on the next journey -- your atoms are sacred.

One love

Stuck between a Western Rock and an Arab Stone Dar, Tartar, World gone crazy, Mouse

It is becoming more evident, that the Arab populations are getting it from two ends. The assault is both, from an international geopolitical pressure, with all its attenuated economic ramifications and national entities. The internal squeeze, comes from the national elite who, vying for positioning --as they try to placate themselves in the best light as facilitators of this global agenda -- compromise some national interests.

This is nothing novel of course, a mere continuation of the colonialist Creole arrangement that has engulfed the world in wrath, greed and death for nearly 600 inturrepted years. There may have been a few alterations in this bane orgy, such as a few elections, minimum wage laws, televisions, fancy automibiles and other consumer goods but the process essentially, has retained its structural integrity.

Some objectionable practices may call for extremene elasticity and hight interests yielding foreign investment and financing of capital. IMF payments and abiding to strict economic regimen, which forbid social forms of ownership (As in Iraq) are sometimes mandatory in this international scheme. But on the bright side, most of the Middle Eastern states have natural resourses -- there will be a enough left over to sprinkle around. The bad news though, is the diminishing political returns for those national sectors seen as unscrupulous elites.

The current swell of dissastifaction in the Arab world with this untenable relationship
parallels similar public upsurge beginning the 1950s. At this onset grass roots movements and popular militias swept across Africa, South America, Asia and the Levant. A slew of brave leaders of both men and women with vision and conviction, harnessed this widespread yearning, many have called this period the era of Nationalism.

The current political crisis facing the Middle Eastern Arabs transcends the micro organism that nationalism represents. Indeed, we are all tied together closer today in the global village of information and technology. Islam has never rejected technology nor information, as the myth goes in the West. In fact, much of this technology and data rest on Arab ingeniuty. What some have argued for in Islamic circles is a rejection of the negative social implications. The contention is technology and information institutions when left strictly to the whims of the market without taking into consideration the adverse consequences on the social fabric is counterproductive to raising strong and moral families. The argument claims that certain moral values must guide society in all aspect of life not just during weekly and holiday visits to the temple, synogogue or church. This is not a rejection of the West, per se, it is merely a tweaking of a maket intensive society gone awry. It is an issue of framing and an attempt to contextualize econmic life within the spiritual realm.

At any rate, a successful attempt to bridge the Sunni-Shi'a divide is in desparate need. Similarly, organizing and mobilizing against both these sinister national and suspicious international malefactors would help relieve the people of their longfelt woes.
It is difficult to fight any well established enemy while there is internal division among a people, this becomes more precarious when 3 or 4 different yet, integrated entrenched enemies are confronting the aspirations of the nation.

A future for Lebanon?

Has any Arab population suffered this Dresden-like bombing campaign Lebanon is undergoing in our lifetime? I can't remember any such incidents or reading about one. Can someone enlighten me?
Also, considering the advancement and accessibility of information media specifically, TV news to the Arab world, will this vivid display of wanton violence by Israel and her Imperialist enablers in London and Washington galvanize a long-lasting repugnance from the Arab world--both in Lebanon and without?
In other words, is this a turning point, some sort of pivotal moment for something better?

Will everyone forget and go back to find their niche in structural investment regimes surely to evolve in the aftermatch in Lebanon and everyone else to go back to their routine?
Hunker Down With History

By Richard CohenTuesday, July 18, 2006; Page A19, Washington Post

The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.

This is why the Israeli-Arab war, now transformed into the Israeli-Muslim war (Iran is not an Arab state), persists and widens. It is why the conflict mutates and festers. It is why Israel is now fighting an organization, Hezbollah, that did not exist 30 years ago and why Hezbollah is being supported by a nation, Iran, that was once a tacit ally of Israel's. The underlying, subterranean hatred of the Jewish state in the Islamic world just keeps bubbling to the surface. The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and some other Arab countries may condemn Hezbollah, but I doubt the proverbial man in their street shares that view. There is no point in condemning Hezbollah. Zealots are not amenable to reason. And there's not much point, either, in condemning Hamas. It is a fetid, anti-Semitic outfit whose organizing principle is hatred of Israel. There is, though, a point in cautioning Israel to exercise restraint -- not for the sake of its enemies but for itself. Whatever happens, Israel must not use its military might to win back what it has already chosen to lose: the buffer zone in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip itself.

Hard-line critics of Ariel Sharon, the now-comatose Israeli leader who initiated the pullout from Gaza, always said this would happen: Gaza would become a terrorist haven. They said that the moderate Palestinian Authority would not be able to control the militants and that Gaza would be used to fire rockets into Israel and to launch terrorist raids. This is precisely what has happened.

It is also true, as some critics warned, that Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon was seen by its enemies -- and claimed by Hezbollah -- as a defeat for the mighty Jewish state. Hezbollah took credit for this, as well it should. Its persistent attacks bled Israel. In the end, Israel got out and the United Nations promised it a secure border. The Lebanese army would see to that. (And the check is in the mail.)

All that the critics warned has come true. But worse than what is happening now would be a retaking of those territories. That would put Israel smack back to where it was, subjugating a restless, angry population and having the world look on as it committed the inevitable sins of an occupying power. The smart choice is to pull back to defensible -- but hardly impervious -- borders. That includes getting out of most of the West Bank -- and waiting (and hoping) that history will get distracted and move on to something else. This will take some time, and in the meantime terrorism and rocket attacks will continue.

In his forthcoming book, "The War of the World," the admirably readable British historian Niall Ferguson devotes considerable space to the horrific history of the Jews in 19th- and 20th-century Europe. Never mind the Holocaust. In 1905 there were pogroms in 660 different places in Russia, and more than 800 Jews were killed -- all this in a period of less than two weeks. This was the reality of life for many of Europe's Jews.

Little wonder so many of them emigrated to the United States, Canada, Argentina or South Africa. Little wonder others embraced the dream of Zionism and went to Palestine, first a colony of Turkey and later of Britain. They were in effect running for their lives. Most of those who remained -- 97.5 percent of Poland's Jews, for instance -- were murdered in the Holocaust.

Another gifted British historian, Tony Judt, wraps up his recent book "Postwar" with an epilogue on how the sine qua non of the modern civilized state is recognition of the Holocaust. Much of the Islamic world, notably Iran under its Holocaust-denying president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stands outside that circle, refusing to make even a little space for the Jews of Europe and, later, those from the Islamic world. They see Israel not as a mistake but as a crime. Until they change their view, the longest war of the 20th century will persist deep into the 21st. It is best for Israel to hunker down.
Operation Midwife & birthpangs of democracy a sordid rape of Lebanon

The USA calls Lebanon's suffering "Birth pangs" i.e., the pain that a mother suffers when she is giving birth. While President Bush, UN Ambassador Bolton, Secretary of State Rice, Sec Rumsfeld and other US officials, including the US Congress are urging Israel on and sending laser guided missiles, jet fuel and other reinforcement in weaponry to forge the Israeli destruction of Lebanon. So I guess the contention is that Lebanon must suffer pain for the baby they have so conveniently, planned for her? Does Lebanon want this
illegitimate baby? I think not.

But let me also ask, must Lebanon suffer this birth pain from rapists that are attempting to impregnate her repeatedly, (thousands or sorties entered the womb of Lebanon in the past 2 weeks) with huge missiles slamming her to bear this unwanted child, a democracy from abroad? This is even more absurd when we consider that Lebanon just had a beautiful child of patriotism and democracy in March of last year. The Bush administration said so itself when refering to the Cedar Revolution. In fact, Lebanon is one the rare successful endeavors the Bush administration supported in the Middle East, unlike its debacles elsewhere.

Ostensibly, the US and Israel are partners in this gang rape of Lebanon. Israel calls the pain it is causing, this rape of Lebanon, "Operation Clean Break." While Sec. Rice is supposed to be diplomatic midwife supposed to care not destroy, nurture not maim, bring life not the death hundreds, the wounding of thousands and leaving a million Lebanese homeless and destitute--It is against the Hippocratic Oath to destroy life Ms. Midwife.

Israel in the geopolitical role of provider, stabilizer and protector of the region becomes bully. No, my friends, Israel's role is not benign. Israel is a rapist and nothing more in this scenario. Secretary Rice calls the devastating pain and screams of mother Lebanon "birth pangs of Democracy." Is it a coincidence that both Israel and the US prepared for this invasion a year ago and continue to oppose a cease fire despite these horrids deaths?

President Bush is continually shaking his head, mumbling incoherently and urging the carnage and criminal destruction of Lebanon on and on. Yet, he indignantly, offers Lebanon "humanitarian aid." Well, wham bang thank you Maam. How does Mr. Bush manage the contradictions between supporting the bombardment of civilians and their infrastructure while at the same time continuing to arm Israel with offering Lebanon "humanitarina aid?"

President Bush maintains it is still too, early to stop killing the Lebanese people, still early to stop the bombing raids and "conditions" are not yet correct on the ground to have a cease-fire. Is it his opinion that the current time is perfect for the death of the Lebanese people? Lebanon should not accept this BLOOD GIFT, this tainted insult, this so-called humanitarian aid from the US government.

Reject it, the shame of it is categorically, unacceptable. If President Bush is having pangs of conscience, he should consult his minister and his God. A gift of blood and shame will not suffice to mitigate his complicity in these war crimes. However, if the American people choose to send direct aid to Lebanon, bypassing President Bush and his ilk that would signify a genuine and caring response to this tragedy and would be appreciated by God and Lebanon.


Israel KABOOMS UN Post 4 Pulvarized ltm.02.html

Now, Dan Gillerman, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, was talking about this possible international force that they want to put in Southern Lebanon to make sure Hezbollah does not have control of that area in the future. And he said that the United Nations would have to have something better equipped and more able to fight than UNIFIL, which has been there since '78 and has not been able to engage in battle with Hezbollah and has not succeeded, in many people's eyes.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman said that regarding the Israeli air strikes which killed four U.N. workers at an outpost in Southern Lebanon, that Israel itself could do the investigation, there was no need for the U.N. to get involved.
Can you see the absurdity of this comment and the underlying dubious implications therein. Why would the UN leave it to Israel to investigate their own killings? The UN has said that there were no less than 10 different requests by the UN team murdered by the Israelis prior to the fatal Air Force missiles that destroyed the clearly marked building and the 4 UN observers inside--This building is well known to the Israelis. They probably have satellite computer read out of every building and outhouse in Lebanon.

DAN GILLERMAN, ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO U.N.: "Israel is conducting its own investigation. Israel is a country of the rule of law. Israel's judicial system is highly replaced all over the world. Israel has carried out investigations with great integrity in the past and does not need anyone to share in this investigation. However, because U.N. personnel was involved, we would, of course, welcome any input from the United Nations and will seriously take it into account."

What were the motives of bombing that particular UN observer post and the other attacks on the UNin Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon? Is Israel sending a signal to the UN and other potential nations that are thinking of deploying troops on the border or otherwise getting involved in a cease-fire or peace-keeping mission to think a little harder? A few countries have already pulled out their contingents from the UNIFIL mandate in Lebanon. Besides, Israel is looking for a coalition of the willing to enable disarming of Hizballah not a force that stinking wants peace.


One, Two, Three, Four, Left, Right, Left

Steps on Lebanon
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On your Knees
Beg, and say please
Boom, boom take these
A seize-siege seizures bleeds