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Comment on Of Maps and Men by lally

Thu, 2014-09-25 19:53

“By now it’s a given around here that you have no empathy or love for the Arabs, which is fine by me! I’m an Arab, and I can’t even stand these guys most of the time! The Arabs are so divided, unreliable, untrustworthy, callous, fickle, capricious and craven”

You will always have job security in north America. Congratulations!

Moving on. Here is an illustration of why the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are problematic. As especially disgraceful “journalists” with agendas pretend that the poor widdle refugees are victims of the mean old LAF (and Hezbollah phantoms!!!!!!) raids….ask if any western or pseudo western country would tolerate terrorist symps within to rally to the cause of the beheaders. No no and no.

American feds would route ‘em out and round ‘em up.

PS. The source of this video is the proud news agency of Daesh record.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Thu, 2014-09-25 19:28

Akbar Palace,

I was going to let you have the last word but I have a few comments in response to what you wrote.

First, I definitely think you’re overplaying the “US retreat” and “ME falling into ruin” angles, and your correlations between the two are definitely dubious.

The truth is, the US hasn’t been in retreat in the Middle East since winning the second world war in the mid-1940’s.The Persian Gulf waters through which around 20% of the world’s oil flows do not secure themselves, and the US already I think has significant military facilities in countries like Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.

To the extent that the US has retreated at all, it “retreated” from Saudi Arabia after Gulf War I, but even then it only moved a few miles across the border into a neighboring Gulf country.

I think the Gulf is in a good place developmentally, and the stability provided by the US military really helped in that regard, and should be properly credited. However, the flea in the ointment is that the Gulf is still politically retarded. This is a sensitive subject and I won’t pretend to be an expert on it so I’ll refrain from commenting further, other than to note that it’s a large, regional problem.

To the extent that I am tolerant of Israel, it’s because frankly I’m fed up of the violence and am searching for another way. I was born in the late 1970’s during the Lebanese Civil War. I dealt with that but even at a young age was also exposed to the Iraq/Iran War (1980-1988), the First Palestinian Intifada (1988?), and Gulf War I (1990/1991).

As I approached high school graduation, I applied to “read” (the British word for “study”) medicine at Trinity College in Cambridge University in the UK, and was actually invited for an interview. I found myself in front of a bunch of British professors who grilled me on subjects like [European] music, art and literature. Needless to say, I bombed that interview big-time.

I wanted to scream at my interviewers, “HELLO! I come from the Middle East! You want me to know anything about ART?”

Perhaps fortuitously, I was rejected and found myself in America, which turned out OK. I came to the US in 1996 and have been here ever since. Thankfully, I missed the regional Middle East drama of the second Palestinian Intifada (2000?), 2003’s Gulf War II and the horribleness that occurred in Iraq over the next several years.

I actually took a sabbatical year in 2006 and spent it back in the Arab World, where I got to experience the July War between Hezbollah and Israel from a relatively close angle. It was horrible and so depressing. I didn’t like anything I saw in the region that year, and so by early 2007, I came running back to the US, and I’ve been here ever since.

This proved prescient on my part since I basically didn’t have to live through the Israeli assault on Gaza in 2009, the Arab Spring of 2011, and all the dreadfulness that has occurred in the region since then, ESPECIALLY in Syria and its neighboring environment.

On the subject of Israel, I have made my peace with it completely. I recognize that Israel’s formation and security have been traumatic for the region, especially for the Palestinians and the Lebanese. I have hopes that the Lebanese will no longer have to suffer due to being so close to Israel, and also that the Syrians eventually won’t have to either. The Jordanians and Egyptians seem pretty okay with Israel, so that rounds everybody out. I recognize that there is a huge issue with the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and frankly I am not sure what a suitable outcome is there. I am definitely not in favor of a return of Palestinian refugees into these territories, since those territories are already very stressed as they are. I also realize that there’s absolutely no hope of those refugees ever returning to Israel or of Israel ever being militarily “liberated” and reverting to its pre-1948 Arab identity.

I sympathize with the conservative Israeli argument that there is not enough room for two states between the Mediterranean and the Jordan. For example, when I learned that the Palestinians rejected a capital in Ramallah but instead demanded one in East Jerusalem, I looked up the distance between Ramallah and East Jerusalem, and discovered that it was 8 miles! 8 FRICKING MILES! Honestly, that’s when I kinda lost interest in the two-state solution. I don’t think it will ever happen, for the simple reason that it doesn’t benefit either the Israelis or the Palestinians.

On the subject of the Jews, I reject anti-semitism completely, and also reject the narrative that Jewish Israelis are “foreign settlers”. The way I see it is there are around 6 million Jews in “greater” Israel, and at least 1 million are native to the Middle East (Moroccans, Yemenis, Ethiopians, Iraqis, etc.) and can’t be described as “foreigners” at all.

Even if one wants to bait the remaining 5 million as foreign settlers, I think the accounts are pretty well settled by realizing that these guys came from the West, and it’s probably fair to reason that for every one Western Jew who ended up in the Middle East, at least 10 Middle Easterners have relocated to the West. So all in all, I don’t see a problem with these “foreigners” at all. But again, one would have to be wilfully blind not to recognize that there are huge political issues at play between Jews and Arabs in Israel. You are probably aware of this stuff already, so I’ll spare you the details, especially since I’ve written enough already and should probably start to wind down here.

On a final note, I will add that the US military presence in Germany was to stem the encroachment of the USSR into Europe. The presence in Japan was supposed to stem the encroachment of the Sino-USSR bloc into Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. The USSR was never really a problem in the Middle East, except perhaps in Egypt and Yemen, but never in the Gulf per se. Also, the Arabs are definitely not of the same caliber as the Germans and Japanese. The Germans and Japanese are far more disciplined than the Arabs and perhaps more importantly also far more committed to the Western project. I sort of can understand how US bases were relatively successful in Germany and Japan (don’t forget though that the Okinawans have historically complained bitterly about the conduct of US troops on their territory), but that Arabs would have a problem with this kind of thing. Even then, we can’t speak for all Arabs, since some are obviously perfectly fine with the arrangement.

I have other things I want to say about the region, on subjects like climate change, resource depletion and global competitiveness, but I’ll end here.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Akbar Palace

Thu, 2014-09-25 17:56

Samer,

Thanks for response. I appreciate your concerns, your point-of-view, and your tolerant disposition.

Frankly, I have been trying to feel out the “arab” POV on American intervention in the ME, and for the past several decades, the answer seems to be overwhelmingly to stay out. When the US retreats from the ME, the ME falls further into ruin, and no matter which direction the US military goes in the region, the US is at fault.

So really, the US has to do what is in our best interest and learn to ignore the haters and whiners.

I know I come off being anti-arab and this has more to do with how the Arab world has affected life in Israel, the US and the instability in the region. I am also encouraged by tolerant/moderate arabs like yourself who show me that the Arab world isn’t just a huge homogeneous conglomerate of jew-haters as depicted in their government controlled media.

If the US has permanent bases in Germany, Italy and Japan, it seems to me the ME needs similar fixes.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Thu, 2014-09-25 00:46

Akbar Palace,

I recognize that you were smeared by a mean-spirited anti-semitic attack there, which not only served to put you on the defensive but also tainted my argument by association and made me regret even posting it in the first place.

To begin with, you don’t need to rationalize your Zionism to me. I am on board with it and understand it completely. I have met enough people living in America who long to be in places outside of America (and perhaps hold idealized notions of those places), that I think everyone should be afforded this luxury, including Jews who thankfully now have a state of their own that they can direct their longing towards. This is fine with me.

What I meant to say was that this comes at the expense of you caring about the Middle East in ways that most other Americans don’t. It’s like when I meet Africans or Indians who care deeply about their regions’ problems and I am blissfully ignorant of everything they’re talking about.

When I tried to suggest that you won’t be the one fighting on the American side in what might be American bases in Syria and Iraq, you being Jewish had absolutely nothing to do with it on my end. I was, in a way, making a self-evident remark, as I don’t think anyone who contributes here comes from the military classes. In a way, we’re all very bourgeois. Personally, I have never had military training and have never even handled a firearm, so when I express pacifist ideas, I’m coming from a very non-hypocritical place as someone who never wants to experience or have anything to do with military combat. I realize this is problematic in today’s violent and oppressive world, and trust me, I struggle with it. But what I don’t do is stumble into a “caste system” mentality where I expect other people to deal with warfare and me somehow not to. So don’t take what I did there personally. I was mocking all of us, including myself.

Of course “hellish” is relative and I recognize that America does a good job of caring for its poor. Please accept my condolences for what your mother recently endured. I don’t have a good handle on the statistics of how many Americans work versus don’t, but what I was doing there was suggesting that a lot of Americans fall through the cracks of the system. I wasn’t really talking about old people on Medicaid, which honestly I know nothing about. I was thinking more about migrant workers, the underemployed, unemployed and homeless, hungry kids in the public school and foster care system, people living in cars and trailers, etc.

Again, I’m not an expert on poverty in America, but I think you might be setting the poverty baseline significantly higher than it actually is. I was also hinting at the dreadful problems that many returning military veterans deal with, from PTSD to life-long medical needs, employment and inter-personal issues to significant disability and disfigurement, etc.

And lastly, you tried to corner me as an American non-interventionist in the Middle East, and I wouldn’t describe myself as such. There’s nothing I want more than for the Middle East to find peace, happiness and security. But what I don’t want is for the US to do everyone’s work for them to the extent that they can profiteer. Yes, the stability of the Gulf States is important, and I think those states are well secured at this point. But they definitely have room for political improvement, and I certainly don’t want the US to overspend its own resources trying to address the Middle East’s problems while the region’s own beneficiaries prefer instead to race their Ferraris and Lamborghinis up and down London’s Park Lane while carrying on with business as usual.

Anyway, I’ve written enough today and gotten myself into enough trouble. As hard as I try to be universally understood here, I feel that’s a mission impossible. So what I should do instead is get back to work and let some of this stuff blow over. :)

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by danny

Wed, 2014-09-24 23:11

ooooh…Poetic daesh.Who would’ve known head choppers could visualize and dream. :D

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Akbar Palace

Wed, 2014-09-24 22:34

I guess I just come here to be amused, and to provide some amusement in return! :)

Samer,

Join the club and thanks for the reply. Like you, the amusement factor is really the only thing I can rely on here. One in a Blue Moon, we get into informative discussions, but, I guess, this is far and few between.

But you probably think that 300+ million other Americans, tens of millions of whom are living in circumstances that can best be described as hellish…

“Hellish”? This is relative. Whether I like it or not, we take care of the poor better than most places in the world. For example. My mother past away recently and she didn’t have a penny to her name. For the past 5 years, she was cared for in her home, with the help of aides 12 hours/day, 7 days a week. Hospital and doctors visits, drugs, diapers, ambulance and hospice services all covered 100% by the US government (MEDICAID and MEDICAID WAVER). Half the US working-age population doesn’t work (92 million), and so the other half pays. OK, so the US debts increases, but that’s just a number.

My interest is America First despite the rumors elsewhere. The US has to protect herself and has a strong interest maintaining stability in areas where the US does business. I have promoted the option of running away from the ME and not everyone was on board with that. Then there is the option of leading the fight against these violent jihadists, and again, not everyone (including yourself) is on board with that too.

My feeling is that if we left our forces in Iraq, despite what the Iraqi “leadership” and Obama wanted, we wouldn’t have the mess we are dealing with today.

Now, whether or not you think the above has anything to do with Israel, you are free to speculate. IMHO, it has more to do with stability of the region, including the Gulf states.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Mustap

Wed, 2014-09-24 21:25

Main stream America and the Arab people face the same challenges and share the same destiny. They both face the challenge of fighting Zionism, an ideology which thrives on parasitic behaviour.

Main steam America can learn a big deal from the Arabs in this regard.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Wed, 2014-09-24 21:02

Akbar Palace,

Quick, belated apology for the “hapless darling” designation above. These phrases are never meant personally and they spill out of me in caustic sarcasm but upon later, calmer introspection I realize they probably come across to my readers as abrasive, offensive obnoxiousness. So, sorry!

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Wed, 2014-09-24 20:22

Akbar Palace my hapless darling,

I am neither complaining nor pointing fingers, so don’t try to bait me as such.

You, on the other hand, seem to have no problem dictating to others that they should draft into some military, travel and base overseas, incur the gargantuan expenses of securing and supplying themselves, and inflict horrible levels of traumatic violence on people many of whom are innocent, to solve a problem which is not really theirs to solve.

By now it’s a given around here that you have no empathy or love for the Arabs, which is fine by me! I’m an Arab, and I can’t even stand these guys most of the time! The Arabs are so divided, unreliable, untrustworthy, callous, fickle, capricious and craven that I can’t even state with full certainty and confidence that I know who “my people” among them are at any given moment. This is my personal problem to deal with, not anyone else’s. :)

But do you have any empathy at all for the United States where you live? Have you any idea what the finances of this country are like, how exhausted its military class is?

Maybe you should get off your computer and go talk to the less fortunate people who would end up basing in Syria and Iraq as you seem to want. At the very least, it’ll be good physical and social exercise for you. God forbid it’ll be you or someone you cherish who’ll be the one doing the soldiering in these hellish places. I take it as a given that you intend to stick someone else other than yourself with this military task.

The US is basically check-mated on the world stage by China in the South China Sea, Russia in the Ukraine, and the 1.5 billion Muslims in the Islamic World who can’t seem to control the millions among them who have very funny ideas swirling around in their heads and who whether knowingly or not either motivate or enable tens of thousands of the most radicalized to viciously act on those ideas.

The US has tried to intervene in the Middle East many times before, and every time it has been a disaster. The people there have a knack for such corruption that they can profit from even the most dire circumstances. They also have tremendous endurance for hardship and tolerance for dreadfulness, which means they will wait out the United States, as long as it takes. The US has to pull out and come home at some point, after all.

For some reason, Middle Easterners are not on board with the Western project. I honestly don’t understand why, but that’s probably a testament to my mediocre intelligence. But I at least figure that America can’t force them to think and behave, and more importantly sacrifice, in ways that they don’t seem to want to. It can’t entice them. It can’t coerce them. It’s a monstrous fool’s errand to even attempt it.

I honestly think your problem is that you’re emotionally and ideologically married to Israel and so you feel that you have a huge interest in the Middle East, which is fine. But you probably think that 300+ million other Americans, tens of millions of whom are living in circumstances that can best be described as hellish, are as invested as you in the Middle East, and I think you will rudely discover that this is not the case at all. And neither you nor your ideological idol Charles Krauthammer can really do anything about this. The days of political evangelism are over. Everybody is blabbing these days, saying whatever they want, it’s getting very cacophonous and the game is getting quite crowded. What’s happening in politics is that the best people are dropping out in disgust. They can’t stand the rancor, hostility and confusion anymore.

Anyway, I don’t want to get drawn into a long, convoluted discussion here. I am not trying to convince you or anyone else of anything. I guess I just come here to be amused, and to provide some amusement in return! :)

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Mustap

Wed, 2014-09-24 20:06

Refer to comment @ 8:25 AM above.

We continue to see midgets trying to reach heights they can never attain even if they get the chance of going in and out of their mother’s womb. Foolishness knows no bounds.

Ask yourself midget: can your eyes directly gaze and see above your eyebrows?

Or for that matter can your criminal fan see beyond the mountain caves he is confined within?

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Akbar Palace

Wed, 2014-09-24 19:14

Samer,

I’m with you. If it’s broken, don’t fix it. Complain and point fingers. Nice strategy.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Wed, 2014-09-24 18:01

Akbar Palace,

In response to your suggestion that the US or the UN set up permanent military bases in Syria and Iraq, I present to you Austin Powers’ response to Ivana Humpalot here :) :

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Wed, 2014-09-24 17:56

Gabriel,

I just remembered/realized that back in 2011, the half-Jewish/half-Lebanese, Montreal-based pop duo ‘Chromeo’ made a music video which can serve as a prescient metaphor for the Middle East’s 2014 problem of highly fecund, rapidly proliferating and difficult-to-isolate Jihadist movements :) :

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by danny

Wed, 2014-09-24 14:52

Gabby, It’s a freaking chameleon… But the CNN viewers are happy along with the subjects of the not so wise old fart residing in his Gold plated hole.

If you’d like to keep up please contact Wolf.

BTW it has been estimated that about 15,000 of the head choppers in Syria/Iraq are of Saudi nationality. Another beautiful moment for the “wiser” nation. :D

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Gabriel

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:24

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/khorasan-muhsin-alfadhli–the-man-leading-a-terror-group-more-feared-by-us-officials-than-isis-9748404.html

Holy Moly.

Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, Khorasan, ISIL, Taliban

I’m losing count. Anyone else having a hard time keeping up?

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Gabriel

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:18

May Allah bless the wise king. We owe him gratitude.

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Mustap

Wed, 2014-09-24 01:51

It should surprise no one that the Wise King has acted so forcefully in order to make this world a safer place to live in by leading his Arab colleaguess and convincing a reluctant US President to carry a necessay fight into Syrian airsoce.

Thanks to the Wisdom of his Majesty, the operation was so successful that friends and foes were seen scurrying helplessly in order to figure out where they may fit in the new order created by this momentous action. For example, professional terrorist regimes, such as those of Assad and Netenyaho, found it very expedient to create the diversion of playing the same old same old resistance mantra by staging an air fight and actually downing an Assad fighter jet hoping that such diversion will rekindle the resistance discourse and stealing the lime light of the event by appealing to the base emotional urges of misinformed masses. So, once again, we see the two terrorist regimes of Assad and Netenyaho acting in concert to misinform, misguide and divert. The Wise King was quick, however, to call the bluff indicating it will fool no one but those already fooled.

On the other hand, it was very clear that the knees of the mullahs were experiencing spasms of uncontrollable jerking, knowing full well that they may be the next target. The chief mullah who is visiting NY expressed outrage to the Assad terrorist over the apparent passive behaviour of his air defenses. Obviously, the chief mullah is upset over the losses suffered by his creation, the ISIL outcasts.

The Wise King has finally succeeded in instilling in a reluctant and passive President the virtues of participating in the long sought after Sword’s Parade which was performed flawlessly on its debut. If things go as planned, the President will leave the White House with a better legacy than he has so far built, and will be remembered as a slow learner but yet a competent performer.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g-siu8BspBQ

Assad’s air force and defenses are not too far away from the cross hairs of His Wise Majesty. After taking on the Jayvees, the Kobe Bryants are next, in this case the terrorists of the Assad machine and the mullah sttoges of HA.

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