When I started Fisking these letters to the editor in the Arab News I figured I'd stick mainly to those sent in by US citizens since that would have the most resonance. Especially considering most of the local letters would either be Saudi strict party-line or of little interest (for instance, the letter today regarding seat belts and worn tires). This letter, from Canada, made me decide to broaden my horizons:
I think Saudi Arabia should require the fingerprinting of all US citizens entering it, since there are crazy people in the United States who would harm the Kingdom after all the negative American media publicity after Sept. 11. You never know; one of those crazy Americans can come to the Kingdom to harm the people of Saudi Arabia.
Jiwani, Montreal, Canada published 27 September 2002"
Jiwani, can I call you Jiwani? Good, thanks. Ok, Jiwani, let's see what we have here. First off, I believe that there will be some protesters in regards to your disparaging use of the term 'crazy.' Secondly, it is not, and never has been, 'negative American media publicity' which causes right-thinking people to want to see regime change in Iraq (and Saudi Arabia). Perhaps, Jiwani, it's because 15 of the 19 murderers were from Saudi Arabia. Or did you think that was 'negative American media publicity'?
:: Peter 9/27/2002 03:51:00 PM [+] ::
The Arab News is reporting that US warplanes have hit an Iraqi airport:
"Iraqi television said "US ravens of evil carried out another aggression at 00:45 a.m. (2045 GMT on Wednesday), targeting Basra international airport," in an attack a government spokesman called a "terrorist" act."
The article continues with a comment from the 'influential Iraqi daily Babel':
"As for Iraq, any new UN resolution would constitute a "flagrant violation" of a deal with Secretary-General Kofi Annan under which Iraq accepted the return of inspectors and Annan promised to "remove the specter of a (US-led) military aggression" against Baghdad, the influential Iraqi daily Babel wrote."
Let me see if I've got this straight: 'flagrant violation'? A resolution will be a 'flagrant violation'...I wonder what they'll call a US military victory? An uber-flagrant violation? A flagrant hyper-violation? A flagellation? Just stick a US flag on every building in Baghdad and we'll be fine.
But the interesting part of the article is the close:
"Former chief UN arms inspector Richard Butler, addressing a business conference in Hong Kong, said the hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had indicated Israel would not be restrained if attacked by Iraq.
"My deepest fear in that context, if that occurs and the war escalates, is that Israel will use its nuclear weapons," Butler said. "If that happens, the world would have been changed beyond recognition, and I would fear that if that happens the state of Israel would cease to exist.""
Cease to exist? I'm sorry, did you say 'cease to exist'? I believe what you meant to say, Richard, is Iraq would 'cease to exist' (or, really, exist in a permanent obsidian plain kind of way...)
"In all of the recollection of 9-11 and the prayers for its innocent victims there should be a prayer for the many more thousands of equally innocent citizens of Iraq who will be killed if a was (sic) against Iraq is launched.
Thanks, Bob...that's lovely...and, by the way, how many more innocent people have to die in terrorist attacks before you wake up and smell the burqa? I mourn for every innocent civilian death...but, Bob, to the Islamic Jihadists we fight, the civilians (ours) are their targets and the civilians (theirs) are their shields. Moral Equivalency, my ass.
For all the years I spent in Atlanta one of the things I most miss is Neal Boortz (there's no syndication of his show where I live now). This is why:
"We use the Lexus-Nexus (sic) wayback machine to check out what Gore was saying about Saddam Hussein and the first Gulf War back in 1991. Here you go … read and comprehend:
“I want to state this clearly, President Bush should not be blamed for Saddam Hussein’s survival to this point. There was throughout the war a clear consensus that the United States should not include the conquest of Iraq among its objectives. On the contrary, it was universally accepted that out objective was to push Iraq out of Kuwait, and it was further understood that when this was accomplished, combat should stop.”
That was how Al Gore said he felt about the Gulf War in 1991. Now, 11 years later, this is how Al Gore has a different version of his own feelings:
“Back in 1991 I was one of a handful of Democrats in the United States Senate to vote in favor of the resolution endorsing the Persian Gulf War. And I felt betrayed by the first Bush administration’s departure from the battlefield.”
OK. One of those statements is a lie."
:: Peter 9/26/2002 08:29:00 AM [+] ::
Ok, DailyPundit has the market cornered on this topic...but I was searching for something to blog and came across the Letters To The Editor page for the Arab News.
And you thought the people who wrote to the SF Chronicle were nuts?
From Tim Stinson, United States published 22 September 2002
I’ve just watched a televised broadcast by CNN, briefly addressing Bush’s comments concerning the impending war with Iraq. The message from Bush basically was that, if the UN didn’t back his plans for war, he would seek support from other "Friends of the US". It is quite clear that Bush’s plan is to conquer Iraq at all costs, even if there is no justifiable cause to do so. The plan to conquer Iraq is not based upon Iraq’s development of "weapons of mass destruction" (whatever that means!) as this administration states, but control of the region."
'Whatever that means!" I'm sorry, did he just say 'Whatever that means!'? Tim, Tim, Tim, Tim, Tim...I'll try to use mono-syllabic words so that you won't misunderstand, I can only imagine how difficult the English language can be when it it's so apparently painful to think...
A Weapon of Mass Destruction is...are you paying attention, Tim or do you need some time to catch up to the rest of the class? Now, Tim, repeat after me: A Weapon of Mass Destruction is a weapon (do I need to define the term 'weapon' for you?) which kills (makes people die) large numbers (more than a small number) of people (human beings). These (we're still talking about Weapons of Mass Destruction here, Tim) include Chemical (nerve agents, for example), Biological (anthrax, forms of plague, smallpox, yellow fever, forms of Ebola and botulism), and Nuclear (atomic) weapons. What this all means, Tim, is 'bomb go boom, kill a lot of Americans.'
Leonard Pitts, writing in the Miami Herald, brings to our attention that Maurice Papon has been released from jail. Papon, a 92-year-old Frenchman, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for Crimes Against Humanity during World War Two: "deportation orders that sent more than 1,500 Jews to Auschwitz." He was released under a new French law which releases the ill and infirm if they can get two doctors to state that incarceration would be unhealthy.
"Maurice Papon is not some poor old guy who did an impetuous, misguided thing in another life.
He is, rather, a moral weakling who made a calculated choice to preserve his own skin at the cost of more than 1,500 others. He was the man who went along.
Thanks to an ill-considered French law he is now, also, the one who got away."
I don't even know what to say about this one. Although this 'cartoon' needs to be seen to be believed. What amazes me is how many people still think the Islamic Jihadists want any semblance of peace that doesn't entail the final extermination of every non-Islamic soul.
This is from the M. Kahil of the Arab News, in case there was ever any doubt.
Well, I'm not going to post this one. It appears that our old 'friend' (look, Reuters scare quotes...whee) M. Kahil is running out of ideas. Either that or it's such a slow news day at the Arab News that they're repeating themselves and assuming that their readers are too stupid to notice. But once again the editorial cartoon is Sharon using a swastika axe on 'innocent Palestinian children.' Hey, Reuters scare quotes can be kinda nifty.
Here's the link if you want to see the cartoon, I'm not wasting my bandwidth providing a copy of this drivel: