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Archive for February 23rd, 2006

Port Deal Raised No Red Flags

Posted by glasscastle on 23rd February 2006

The officials tried to assure the panel that the deal has been subject
to a careful, three-month review and that all security questions were
satisfied. They said no one raised an issue that would have prompted
the need for a further, 45-day investigation.

"We’re not aware of a single national security concern raised recently
that was not part of" the three-month review, Deputy Treasury Secretary
Robert Kimmitt told the lawmakers.

"They have been critical allies in Afghanistan," she told reporters
at a news conference on a separate matter. "They have been critical
allies in fighting the financial war against terror. They’ve been critical
allies in terms of our military-to-military relationship."

from AP News

Wow, we had no idea that the UAE has been such a key ally to the United
States lately, veritable soul mates in the fight for freedom, justice
and
the American Way. According to Wikipedia,
they have been staunch friends of the United States during the entirety
of their long history as a nation,
which stretches back all of 35 years.

Before that, the seven Sheikdom
States
of the Persian Gulf
coast granted the United Kingdom control of their defense and foreign
affairs in nineteenth-century treaties, so they have a long-standing historical
precedent of trading privileges for their hereditary elite for protection
from a world
superpower.

We feel that they make marvelous partners in the war against terrorism,
despite their complete lack of democratic institutions, religious freedom
and individual rights. As the current US administration can testify,
these things aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

We do wonder, however, how the Dubai Ports World administration will
handle it when they have to  process quantities of containers coming
in from Israel, a country whose existence they refuse to acknowledge.

And
suppose, just for the sake of argument, that those Emirs actually
took us seriously and organized real elections. Is there any reason to
believe that the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood would NOT win?
Would they not then own Dubai Ports World and inherit this valid contract
to run our biggest ports? Luckily, real elections in the UAE is a problem we probably won’t have to face for many, many years.

These giant container ports have long been recognized as the weak link
in our efforts to keep Weapons of Mass Destruction OUT of the United
States. What a great, globalized way to deal with that problem – by turning
them over to a stable, long-time ally who shares all of the values and
traditions that make this the greatest country in the world.

The takeaway line from this and the previous story is that there is
something devastatingly transparent in Islamic culture, and we had better
take
these guys at
their word.
We believe them when they say they are our allies in the war on terror,
and that they hate Al Queda, because of course Al Queda hates them, considering
them spineless lackeys of the Oil Lords and Imperialists, and has officially
declared that their first order of business, after the Islamic Revolution,
is going to be to march all those Emirs and Sheiks out behind the Casbah
and introduce them to the business end of an AK-47.

Unfortunately, we also believe them when they say the State of Israel
has no right to exist and should be driven into the sea, and that the foreign
workers should give up their passports when they enter the country,
and that women have no place in public or political life. But heck, any
friend of Dubya’s is a friend of us all.

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Hot Button Topics

Posted by glasscastle on 23rd February 2006

BAGHDAD,
Iraq, Feb. 22 – A powerful bomb shattered the golden dome at one of Iraq’s
most revered Shiite shrines on Wednesday morning, setting off a day of
sectarian fury in which mobs formed across Iraq to chant for revenge
and attacked dozens of Sunni mosques.

from the New York Times

The spasm of violence currently convulsing Iraq
is evilly eloquent testimony to any number of dead-end elements in
our downward
spiral
of intervention, but one of the most crucial and seldom noted is the
ease
with which the "Islamic Street" can be manipulated, set off, and
counted on to react in a violent, knee-jerk manner whenever the puppet
masters feel the need for the smell of gunpowder and cordite in the morning.

When engaged in a struggle with a powerful and determined
opponent, knowing that that opponent is going to react in a certain way
when touched exactly
there, or prodded precisely like that, can be a decisive
advantage. Be it from the depth of their convictions or the lack of artifice
and deception, the levers that move Islamic public opinion are clearly visible and hitting them
ridiculously easy. Just stand back, results vary.

Like a punch drunk little Irishman who will launch himself
into a 300-lb police commissioner who makes a wisecrack about his mother,
the entire
"Islamic Street", an amorphous and ethereal presence until it appears out of a cloud of smoke and fog
in some public square, seemingly at a moments notice, armed to the teeth
and looking for a way to vent its rage and bloodlust, swinging wildly at anyone or
anything that appears in its path, can be set off by anyone with access to their ears and a few magic words.

The Israelis have been playing these dangerous games with their
Palestinians for decades, pressing their buttons and maneuvering them
into a tragic dead
end of arrested development, internecine self-destruction and institutionalized
corruption. Master chess players, the Zionists paved a path to power
for Yasir Arafat, a figure so twisted and misdirected that it will take
the Palestinians another complete generation to recover from him. Unfortunately,
this is making it impossible for the surviving Jewish peacemakers to
find anyone capable or reliable enough to make peace with.

The players in the street even acknowledge this about
themselves.  One
of the theories circulating in the Middle East about the Cartoon Wars
is that they were an intentional provocation by infidel media magnates
who knew how violent and unsightly the reaction to them would be. Now,
in Iraq, we see competing sects of Islam frantically pushing each others buttons
to derail the ill-conceived and already doomed American attempt at nation-building
and plunge the country into an authentic civil war.

Adding a religious civil war to the pestilent panorama in Iraq would be like giving smallpox infected blankets to a
tribe where everyone is already dying of AIDS. With Sunnis and Shi’ite’s
blowing each other’s
mosques up like Baptist churches in Alabama, the last pretense for the
existence of a country called Iraq, other than as a front organization
authorized to sign agreements with the American oil companies, has been
blown to smithereens.

Lets take a tip from our Islamic brothers, and do away
with lies and pretense. Just declare the oil-rich regions a wholly-owned
subsidiary
of Haliburton and Exxon, get Blackthorn SEcurity to set up a defensive
perimeter around the oil fields, and get out of Dodge.

Is it any wonder that we see so few Islamic names and features in the
World Series of Poker? That they roll out the red carpet when they see
these guys coming at the casinos of Monte Carlo or the Bush White House?
Who else are we going to hang all our paper on? The Chinese are already getting wise.

But if they want to join the Congress of Nations and be woven in any
meaningful way into the emerging fabric of peoples and cultures which will define the next stage of human history, they need to get a handle
on that temper. How to arrange anger management for a billion people?

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