Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
First Bin Laden, and then Zarqawi. Bin Laden a pothead? My friend Amer is now convinced that Bin Laden is either a pothead, or a person who suffers from a severe case of ADD, or both. He was comparing him to a pothead he knows who also is afflicted with ADD. We were discussing the latest Bin Laden tape, and Amer was amazed at the extent to which Bin Laden rambles on and on, and then tediously elaborates and then goes back to the first topic, and on and on and on. But then again: he must have so much time on his hands. Again: this was your typical Bin Laden speech, when he has plenty of time on his hand, and he wants to comment on all issues around the world. But Bin Laden is not
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
"Why don't you normalize relations with Israel?
We will upon the finalization of the peace process.
Didn't Hizbullah kidnap three Israeli soldiers in 2000?
Didn't Israel kill tens of thousands of civilians?"
(If Lally Weymouth's family did not own the Washington Post, do you think that she would have ever had a journalist career?) (thanks Amal)
Saturday, April 22, 2006
"Social Science Parking Structure: Ten Middle Eastern Subjects in mid 20s involved in some form of religious exercise". Naturally, or naturlich as they say in German--I like that word; it was my favorite German word--there was no uproar on campus.
(ثورة حتى آخر الشهر)
The Kata'ib were bitter foes of Abbas when he had his conflict with `Arafat. Today, they pathetically paraded to express support for Abbas. They only confirmed my suspicions that they are loyal to whomever pays them their salaries. Suddenly, when Abbas started to pay their salaries, they became devoted followers, and a private thuggish militia aligned with the gangs of Muhammad Dahlan. And what do they do anyway, I mean aside from performing for the TV cameras?
Friday, April 21, 2006
"He talked about they came to meet Bush and present to him the Lebanese cause and also the Arab cause. They want to liberate Shebaa Farms and extend Lebanese government control over all of Lebanon. I'm sure you've heard all this crap before. But what was interesting was what happened during the reception itself. One of the people that was with the delegation that met with Bush (they will remain anonymous) told me about how Bush might appear very stupid on TV, but in person he is quite charming. I took this with a grain of salt of course. Before the reception started, the Embassy staff checked people's names off the invitation list. There was a group of men (about 7-10) that came up to the table and shook hands with a few of the Embassy staff...perhaps they knew them. These men were unusual though because they weren't wearing the Hariri pins that the other guests were wearing. They wore Lebanese Forces pins! They were not invited and just walked past the table to go into the reception. The Embassy staff asked one of the diplomats if they were allowed to go in and he replied by saying, "We cannot turn anyone away." X told me later about how they would never have dared to come until Gaegea was released from prison. They used to be banned from setting foot in the embassy because they were wanted for crimes from the civil war. X told me that one of them in particular was wanted for his role in the assasination of Tony Franjieh,or so X thought. X couldn't quite remember if it was Tony or someone else. But a couple of weeks ago, one of them came in the embassy to do a power of attorney, and the diplomats told the staff to go ahead and do it.."