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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Qifa Nabki Comments - 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 So The iPhone 6 Bends … by Ppp

Blog Baladi Comments - Wed, 2014-09-24 20:42


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Gunmen Kidnap Syrian Man in Baalbek, Demand Ransom

Naharnet Political News - Wed, 2014-09-24 20:23

Three gunmen kidnapped on Wednesday a Syrian man in front of Dar al-Amal hospital in the Bekaa city of Baalbek.

According to the National News Agency, “three gunmen traveling in a gray Grand Cherokee kidnapped Syrian national Asaad Saleh Amin from his 'Cherokee 2006' car in front of Dar al-Amal hospital in Baalbek.”

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Qifa Nabki Comments - 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

Qifa Nabki Comments - 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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VIDEO: Is the iPhone 6 prone to bending?

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 19:57
Marc Cieslak of BBC Click puts the iPhone 6 through some stress tests, in an unscientific test.
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Cameron in talks with Iran's Rouhani

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 19:31
The UK's prime minister meets Iran's president for the first time since the country's revolution in 1979.
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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Akbar Palace

Qifa Nabki Comments - Wed, 2014-09-24 19:14


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

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VIDEO: Is it a plane, is it a scooter?

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 19:10
Japan's Air Self Defence Force has marked the 60th anniversary of its founding with a display using plane-shaped scooters.
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VIDEO: Tears at 91-year-old's NHS plea

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 19:02
A 91-year-old gives a passionate plea for the NHS as he recalls harsh times growing up and the death of his sister.
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Gunmen Fire at Army Checkpoints in Tripoli, Troops Respond

Naharnet Political News - Wed, 2014-09-24 18:53

Three army checkpoints in Tripoli, came under gunfire on Wednesday and the soldiers fired back.

The National News Agency said “army units deployed between al-Omari and Barrad al-Bissar streets and responded against the gunmen who shot at their checkpoint.”

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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Qifa Nabki Comments - 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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Your pictures: Lighting

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 17:58
Readers' photos on the theme of "lighting"
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Comment on Of Maps and Men by Samer Nasser

Qifa Nabki Comments - Wed, 2014-09-24 17:56


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 Tawlet Ammiq: Great Location, Amazing Food But A Dull Venue by m

Blog Baladi Comments - Wed, 2014-09-24 17:04

It’s 961 or 961 Beer, there is no “plus”

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VIDEO: IS 'trafficking Yazidi women for sex'

BBC News - Wed, 2014-09-24 15:02
More than 3,000 Yazidi women and children have been captured by Islamic State militants and are being trafficked for sex, the BBC learns.
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