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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Ian Black: really really hearts Israeli propaganda and is willing to air it for free
"Reports from Syrian troublespots have described mysterious bearded men who did not speak Arabic, or others speaking Arabic in the accent of Ahwaz, capital of Iran's Khuzestan province. Others suggest Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen, allies of Syria, have been involved." Oh, really, Mr. Black. Were those mysterious creatures anything like those "Iranian Revolutionary Guards--three to be exact" that Israel had claimed it found in South Lebanon in 2006? Tell us those about them. Would you say that any beard is evidence of Iran/hizbullah involvement? Also, when you say "reports from syrian troublespots" what do you mean exactly? Do you also get "reports from Israeli troublespots" about mysterious bearded men there? Thanks for the time. Finally why would a regime that is so steeped in repression and cruelty require extra help? I don't get that. I mean, the Syrian regime can give lessons in torture and repression and would not need outside help from "mysterious bearded men".
PS "obviously the ian black article is bullshit but its not even likely syrians could recognize an ahwazi arabic dialect. but it can sound a lot like an iraqi dialect and there's plenty of iraqis in syria". And are they not predominantly Sunnis there anyway?
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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