Category: The Middle East

Charley Reese and the rabbi

 You have confirmed an unfortunate suspicion. Your postscript reflects the same reaction, albeit belated, that the rabbi expressed in his letter.  I read Reese in a completely different light — he is simply suggesting that it is not in America’s best interests to support Israel and the oil-rich (or geographically strategic) despots in the region.  …

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Once more, with feeling

 Here we go again.  Is there no limit to the willful ignorance that manifests itself on these pages?  If the writers who routinely berate Charley Reese for his studied sympathies ever stop scouring the Internet for imaginary jihads, we’ll all be better off.  Do us a big favor and stick to researching dubious medical remedies; …

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Islam 101

 Norwegian friend Barre has scanned the 1948 edition of the Iraq Petroleum Company’s handbook.  The section on Islam, starting here: http://almashriq.hiof.no/lebanon/300/380/388/ipc/ipc-hb-1948/pages-html/021.html …is probably as good a summary as you’ll find.  There are overtones of Western superiority in the writing, but it’s a quick read and kinda depressing to think about the state of affairs in …

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Ticking Clocks and “Accidental” War

 http://joshualandis.com/blog/?p=418  In addition to furthering our conversation/speculation about a coming war with Iran, this article by Alistair Crooke is interesting in that it mentions yet another idea about the recent IDF “attack” on Syria (one you won’t likely hear from American or Israeli news sources). If you’ll read the comments afterwards, you’ll notice one by …

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I have never, to my knowledge, committed an athletic act

 A good motto to live by, at least it was for me at ACS.  We had physical fitness tests twice a year which included a 400- or 800-meter run at the AUB track.  The guys would start about 1 or 2 minutes ahead of the girls.  I was part of that elite group of slackers …

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Background noise

 I was flipping channels a few minutes ago.  Faux News had a “Breaking News” banner below their bobble-head anchor of the hour, trumpeting that Petraeus’ Iraq report was calling for a 30,000 troop reduction by next summer. I switched to C-Span and started watching the general’s questioning in the Senate.  Jack Reed, a Democrat from …

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Lebanon’s future

 YaLibnanTV (websites www.yalibnan.com/ and www.iloubnan.info/-English) has this disturbing bit: If you would like to know if you are Phoenician and interested in knowing your lineage, then please visit The Genographic Projects’ website to contribute DNA… As an American mongrel with mixtures of English, German, Irish, Cherokee, Pawnee, and God-only-knows what else, when I read/hear about …

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