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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

ALERT ALERT ALERT

Remember long time ago when I said that the can of worms must be open for Mr. Kofie Anan and his cute son Kojo. Well, WHO LET THE WORMS OUT, WHO WHO


I Got Fayhaa!!!!

“Is that the channel you were telling me about?” my dad told me proudly after succeeding in finding one of Iraq’s most popular satellite channels. I kept searching for this channel for a very long time but failed to find it.

Anyway, we discovered Fayhaa channel and we soon became addicts. As soon as I return from work, I take my dinner and stay glued in front of Fayhaa. I have been doing that for 3 days.

The channel’s main program is its call-in talk shows. Iraqis from inside and outside Iraq call the channel to dish out their opinions. What I heard so far was so amazing. I heard Iraqis saying stuff I never hear before from our Arab pundits or even from Iraqis whom Al Jazeerah cheery picks to appear on its channel.

Apart from its constantly repeated call-in shows, I don’t think Fayhaa has any prominent program. The channel that was initiated by a number of Iraqi businessmen is still getting started. With its extremely low resources, this channel became a prominent voice in Iraq’s growing media market. That’s an achievement.

One of the things I really liked was that Fayhaa calls things by their true names. Apples are apples. Oranges are oranges. Terrorists are terrorists. Those who plant car bombs in police stations are not insurgents, they are not rebels, they are not militants, they are terrorists.



Monday, November 29, 2004

Sunni Blues

Just like any other segment of the Iraqi society, Sunnis are divided within themselves. In other words, you cannot really divide Iraq into 3 neat groups. Shias are divided between those who follow the Dawaa party, those who follow Hakim’s party, those who follow no one except Big Sis, those who follow no one except Sadr, secularists, communists, etc. Kurds are divided between Barzani’s ilk, Talibani’s ilk, and those who hate those 2 parties. Sunnis as well are divided between secularists who are glad Saddam is gone, educated Sunnis who are glad Saddam is gone, educated Sunnis who are not glad Saddam is gone, Sunni Islamic fanatics who are glad Saddam is gone by wanna kill Americans anyway, Baathists who turned Islamic overnight and they are definitely not glad Saddam is gone. You get the idea huh?

So the only division we can make is this: those who are eagerly participating in the political process and those who want to mess it up. The vast majority of Iraqis belong to the first group and 14 out of Iraq’s 17 governorates can have elections tomorrow morning. The trick now is how to coerce the largest number of those who want to mess it up and literally bride them into the new Iraq. In other words, the question is how to turn bad apples into eatable apples?

Sadr turned to be a bad apple. Big Sis used his heart surgery and AC-130 warplanes to prevent this bad apple from destroying the future of the good apples. Iraq’s remaining bad apples are the Baathists, Sunnis who are unhappy with the Shias position in the new Iraq, and Islamic fanatics. My gut feeling tells me that the interim government can negotiate with those whom you can negotiate with (Baathists / Baathists turned Islamics) in order to separate this group from the ones you can have no negotiation with (Iraqi and foreign Wahabi/Salafists). In short, Iraq would take a huge step forward if disgruntled Sunnis were convinced that a piece of the cake is better than no cake at all. It really doesn’t matter if they have blood on their hands, what really matters is that they don’t have more blood on their hands.




Sunday, November 28, 2004

Weddings in Egypt

Weddings are very important social events in Egypt. It is considered a must to attend the wedding of someone you know in order to show your respect by sharing his/her happy moment. The Arabic for wedding is "farah" which means happiness.

The weddings of the rich: Most rich Egyptians have their weddings in a 5 stars hotel. Muslims usually plan their wedding parties (reception) after they register their marriage with a special cleric. Christian wedding parties tend to always be right after the marriage mass.

Rich Egyptians are keen to organize the best party ever for their sons or daughters. Many consider such parties as a way to show how rich they are. Sometimes a famous singer and belly dancer would be brought to entertain the guests. Some western oriented Egyptians do not like the idea of the traditional belly dancer and so they settle with a well known DJ. Prominent Egyptians make sure to invite as many government officials and other celebrities as possible. I once attended a wedding where I saw over 20 celebrities ranging from the president of the people's parliament to one of Egypt's top actresses.

The weddings of the poor: I consider those to be more fun. They are very simple with no formalities at all. People are not there to show off; they just want to share the happy day with the couple. The poor usually have their weddings right on the streets, in an alley, or a cheap social club. You don't have to be invited to attend the party; anyone can come and share the moment.

An amazing thing I recently discovered is the presence of beer and cheap alcoholic beverages in some of those weddings. A friend of mine who works in a beer company told me that he went to a wedding in a very poor district of Cairo and saw the people drinking beer and rolling marijuana joints! A police officer and his 2 soldiers were sitting beside my friend doing the same thing! (I'm wondering how much they got from the bridegroom to stay silent) It was a hilarious experience.

Poor Egyptians cannot afford to bring famous singers or belly dancers. They either get a cheap DJ or a third class singer. A number of Egypt's top mainstream singers shot it to stardom from those poor weddings. Also, they don't need to get a belly dancer since most of the girls at the party can do a much better job and for free.

Islamic weddings: Some very conservative Egyptians have what we call an "Islamic wedding". No music, no alcohol, women separated from men, etc. Religious songs and prayers are usually the only entertainment available.

Other conservatives are not that strict, they can still allow music and mingling between sexes but definitely no alcohol.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Lynnette in Minnesota got it. When you press the "Go Back" button on top left corner you will go back to previous pins. Thanks Lynnette.

I just came from a wedding, been jumping up and down for quite sometime (i.e dancing!). I'll post something about weddings in Egypt when I eventually wake up!!!!



Who's messing with the world??

Some pins on the GuestMap disappered. I thought that only I can remove the pins. Does anyone have a clue about what's happening? Why did the pins disappear? How can I prevent that?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

It's freeeeeezing in Egypt!! Today I wore very heavy clothing because it's freezing in Cairo. It rained real hard yesterday. I don't know if it is just a phase that will go away. I really hate winter.

Today, the conference on Iraq ended. I'm not sure how it will change stuff on the ground but several positive steps were taken. First, Powell will go to the Israel/Palestine region to revive the peace process that MUST be revived. Second, Powell had a chitchat with the Iranian foreign minister. Egypt, the host, arranged the dinner seats in such a way that enabled Powell to sit beside Kamal Kharazi. I really prefer dialogue with Iran simply because Iraq is everything. And it seems that those Iranians are using the nulcear thing to draw concessions from the West.

Anyway, this is a MUST read.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Here is a war crime

A war crime that has no NBC

A war crime that has no NBC that gives an opportunity for Al-Jazeera to play it over and over and over and over again (using slow motion).

A war crime that even if NBC showed it, Al-Jazeera won't

A war crime that the average Egyptian on the street knows nothing about

Now what will happen if tomorrow we heard a US marine shooting a man waving a white flag

At the end, I can't say anything except thank you NBC

Iraq’s Smartest Politician

I remember long time ago when Ayatollah Sistani thwarted US-backed plans to hold caucuses all over Iraq, I was furious with the guy. I am allergic to those who claim that they are God’s ambassadors on earth and I definitely didn’t like the way the old man stuck his nose into politics.

Today, I admit that Sistani is one of the very few people In really admire! I also started to admire the Shia sect for keeping the doors of Ijtihad (reasoning) open. The Shias gave birth to lunatics such as the ruling clerics in Iran and Muqtada Sadr, but there are also enlightened clerics such as Ayatollah Sistani, Sheikh Iyad Jamal Al Deen, and many oppressed moderate Ayatollahs in Iran. Unfortunately, it seems that only lunatics nowadays are monopolizing the Sunni religious structure.

Sistani’s main objective is to ensure that Shias are well represented in Iraq’s future government. He doesn’t care whether a party is religious or secular as long as he ensures the broadest base of Shia politicians. I’d like to briefly outline below Sistani’s actions within the past year and half:

Invasion: Sistani issues a statement urging people in Najaf not to interfere with the invading US forces. When an American commander tried to approach his home in order to talk to him, people thought that the American soldiers will storm the shrine. Sistani’s men asked the people to stay calm.

Elections, elections: After refusing to meet with any American official, Sistani thwarted US plans to set caucuses all over Iraq. He demanded direct elections as the way forward and with a flip of a finger pushed throngs of people to the streets.

Sadr Showdown Part 1: Muqtada’s Sadr gang occupies the holy shrine in Najaf after battling US forces. Sistani orders all armed forces to leave the city and says that Iraq’s police should take over. American forces withdraw, Sadr’s gang remain in the shrine (they even took possession of the shrine’s keys).

Sadr Showdown Part 2: Sadr rises again. Sistani, along with the 4 major clerics, leave Najaf. He goes to London for heart treatment. The Arab world appears to care about Najaf than Sistani simply because the Americans are hitting it (imagine if you cared about the Vatican more than the pope). Sistani again calls all armed forces to leave Najaf. When that didn’t happen, he discreetly allows AC-130 warplanes to do the job. He returns to Najaf when it was obvious that Sadr is begging for his mercy. The old man just taught the sucker who the real boss is.

Fallujah Part 2: Sistani is silent and he will remain silent. First, the Salafis/Wahabists/Baathists are Sistani’s enemies as well especially since some of them really want to drag the Shias into a civil war. Second, Sistani stood silent during Najaf (or at least he didn’t offer any condemnation). He knows very well that what happened in Najaf had to happen and what is happening in Fallujah had to happen a long time ago.


When Sadr rose up, I said that Sistani should be the one who puts him down and it happened. Now, today’s Sunni insurgents do not have a Sistani, who will put them down? I’ll offer my speculation in another post.

Please Don't Shoot!

The American marine entered a mosque in Fallujah. A wounded Iraqi civilian saw him and started to beg "please don't shoot, please don't shoot". The American raised his rifle then shot the guy. He then celebrated what he had just done with another marine.

If you asked any Egyptian about the NBC tape, he will tell you the above story. This is how the story evolved from the marine saying "he's faking he is dead" to the "Iraqi civilian" begging "Please don't shoot". Almost no Egyptian saw the tape, but they will all tell you the above story. Thank you NBC.

Now, I don't have NBC and so I don't know much about it. However I presume that NBC is a type of channel that broadcasts abuse photos from Abu Ghraib, a tape of the marine in the Fallujah mosque, marines fixing sewage in Sadr city, and marines handing out school supplies in Kirkuk. The problem is that our media cherry picks the Abu Gharib pictures and the Fallujah tape, but it would be a dire journalistic disaster for them to mention anything about the marines fixing sewage pipelines in Sadr city or handing out school supplies in Kirkuk. I would be a very happy man if our media showed loads of Abu Gharib/Fallujah pics and just A FEW of Sewage pipelines in Sadr city.
You Americans out there should really thank NBC.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Where are you from?

Please roll down to the end of this page and put a pin on your country of origin (click first on the Guestmap icon). Please don't forget to mention your city. If you are American, just write your state. Thanks.

Attack Attack

I have been getting emails and comments from fellow Egyptians and Arabs ever since the Lebanese newspaper Al Hayat mentioned my blog in an article about Arab blogs. Very few of those comments were supportive of my views. Many were very polite and civilized in the way they disagreed with me and yet many started cursing me and calling me the same names they call several Iraqi bloggers. Words such as stupid, traitor, Bush lover, neoconservative, dumb, etc.. I expect such harsh words that lack any constructive dialogue simply because I know my views are quite rare in the Arab world. I would like to tell my angry critics that I will stand on my views for two main reasons: many Iraqis do share my views (and many do not) and several discreet Arab progressive thinkers share my views as well.

My problem is that I am not anti-America or even anti-American foreign policy. I am against certain policies and support other policies. Hating "American foreign policy" is such a broad thing, you have to name a policy in order to hate or like it. Reglular guests of this blog know very well that I have criticized certain US actions such as the awful post-war planning of Iraq and the unjust lack of engagement in the Palestine/Israel conflict. So to save time and effort, I will state my opinion once again below:

Palestine/Israel conflict: President Bush was so right in telling the truth to the Palestinians, that terrorism will never solve the problem and that new leaders must emerge who can be responsible of making peace through negotiations and not suicide bombings. I totally disagree with Bush for his failure to tell the Israelis the truth as well. That all settlements must be removed from Gaza and the West Bank and that a compromise must be reached on the Jerusalem and the refugees issue. I am also against Bush's lack of engagement during his first term. I hope that changes in his second term.

Iraq: I am in FULL support with the US. If the US failed militarily in Iraq, the whole Iraq enterprise will fail. My wish is to see Iraq evolve into 20% of India. I voiced my opposition to certain decisions that the US took in Iraq but I remain supportive with the overall objective. If you want me to support throat slitters, car bombers, or Sunni fighters who want to do everything to pull Iraq backwards, then I am definitely not your cup of tea. If you want me to draw a stupid grin on my face when the US gets in trouble in Iraq, then I am definitely not your cup of tea as well.

A fellow Egyptian who posted a comment stated that Al Ghad party (Egypt's recently approved liberal party) will kick me out if I joined because of my views. I totally agree with him. Yes, the party must exhibit anti-Americanism to gain credibility but that doesn't mean that its internal politics doesn't suit me.



Friday, November 19, 2004

Irresponsible Media

Before reading the following post I want you to fully grasp the fact that I'm willing to do anything for Iraq to succeed. I'm willing to accept anything just so that Iraq has decent elections next January that might result in a decent country in the Middle East. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than defeating the PMDs (People of Mass Destruction) in Iraq and helping the country to become 20% of India.

So I get really pissed off when I see American news channel frantically looking for an explosive news report even if it will jeopardize the work of US and Iraqi forces in Iraq. I am beginning to believe that such news channel deliberately search for news that might embarrass the military establishment in Iraq.

The problem is not about NBC broadcasting that tape to its American audience. The channel has the right to broadcast anything it deems as newsworthy, but before broadcasting such tape, NBC should have considered how its Arab and Iraqi audience will react. We live in a global world and everyone can gain access to whatever Americans are reading and watching.

Now if Gallup conducted a poll asking Americans this question: do you think all 140,000 soldiers in Iraq are war criminals and murders just like the soldier who shoot the injured fighter? The vast majority will say no. Now if the same poll was conducted in an Arab country, the vast majority will say yes.

Now, I'm sure you know by now that the Arab media do not give a dead stinky decomposed rat's ass about Iraqi civilians and policemen who die everyday by bombs that were probably planted by this "injured fighter", but they pay considerably attention when few US soldiers disregard the Geneva Convention while fighting enemies who know no conventions.

Just have a look at today's Al Ahram, Egypt's number one newspaper. The NBC tape made it to the paper's major headlines. A huge editorial talked about how this incident resembles what happened at Abu Ghraib prison. And what did poor Margaret Hassan receive? A 15-words column at the bottom of page one. The car bomb that killed Iraqi civilians was thrown to page 4. Thank you NBC, thank you NBC.

Now what would be the effect on those brave Iraqi soldiers who are fighting side by side with their American counterparts? What would happen to those who bleed with the Americans in order to destroy the terrorist bee hive? How would they feel now after they learned that their American friends are nothing but war criminals and Geneva Convention breakers? Many Iraqis, especially those who are beginning to support the terrorists in the Sunni triangle, will start to believe that Iraq's new army and police deserve to be killed since they're working with war criminals and Geneva Convention breakers. Thank you NBC, thank you NBC.

Dear America's news channels, I don't care whether you are liberal or conservative or claim to be standing on the middle ground, please watch what you are saying. The world is watching what you say and they interpret it in ways that will satisfy their preconceived views of America. Talk about gays, about Bush's ears, about Michael Jackson's adventures with kids, but PLEASE take your hands off Iraq.

Now, I feel I want to say a poem and this poem will be naughty. Do you know the feeling when you just want to say something inappropriate just to relief your chest from anger? I want to do just that now:

They slaughter innocent people, piss on GC
They bomb police stations and kill scores of innocents, piss on GC
They pass out judgments and cut off heads as if they are God, piss on GC
They kill Iraq's academic community, piss on GC
They hide in civilian houses, piss on GC
They shoot from mosques, piss on GC
They store weapons in mosques, piss on GC
They slit half the throat and drain the blood out like a fountain, piss on GC

What is GC? It is the Geneva Convention.
Give this soldier the Medal of Honor.




Thursday, November 18, 2004

I’m Back

Hello everyone. I am back from the red sea and Alexandria. I spent the feast holidays in the red sea and went for business in Alex. My last day in Alex was so cold, it rained real hard and people from Cairo like myself are not used to such cold whether. I forgot to take a jumper or anything with me and so I was shivering all night. I’ll post pics later.

I had two huge meals in Alex, you know, it was all on the company and so I treated myself with two huge fish and Kabab meals. Kabab is a meal of barbequed meat. I also had a dish of Kalawei (cows kidneys) and Makhasi (cows ummmmmmm, ahhhh, testicles!) Yea we eat those. Anyway, I loved the fish but didn’t like the Kabab that much. People from Alex can’t cook Kabab like those in Cairo, but they’re Egypt number one fish experts. You know what other city in the Middle East is very famous for its delicious mouth watering Kabab?? Hold your breath…….Fallujah!

Well, it seems that the world didn’t go that crazy when I was away. You know the normal stuff: the brutal killing and mutilation of the “mother of Iraqis” Margaret Hassan in Fallujah, suicide bombs here and there in Iraq, and the relatively good news coming from Fallujah (it is relatively quite in many parts and US/Iraqi troops are distributing food and stuff).

A very disturbing incident was the killing of 3 Egyptian policemen by Israeli forces. It happened before by the way. Last year, an Egyptian security guard was shot down on the Gaza/Egypt border. The Israelis mistake them for Palestinian militants. Well, Israel apologized for this new incident but I am not sure how this will play out here.

As for Iraq, it appears that there is a mega problem with the Sunnis. I can roughly assume that Sunnis in Iraq are divided into 2 segments: people who need a leader and people who do not need a leader. Those who do not need a leader are the secularist Sunnis and the educated who will follow their minds and go out to vote next January (provided that they go to the polls alive). In addition, they own the blogs we read everyday. Those who need a leader are leaderless. They are religious and they are upset that now after hundreds upon hundreds of years Shias suddenly became a major force in Iraq. Not all of them are insurgents of course, but support for insurgents is considerable among this group.

Shias have Sistani, Kurds have the 2 major parties, Sunnis who need a leader have a leader in prison. Those who claim to represent the Sunni population are either terrorists, Sunni clerics who sympathize with terrorists, and Islamic parties that felt the crush when Fallujah was attacked. Up until now no Sunni who can have a major influence stood up and said “OK, it’s over, Saddam is over, all out Sunni rule over Iraq is over, if we wanna have a stake in this country, we better drop the gun and pick up the ballot.”



Saturday, November 13, 2004

Eid El Fitr (the feast that comes right after ramadan) is tomorrow. I am on my way to the red sea right now. I'll take some pics of the beautiful mountains and sea and post them when i come back. On Tuesday, I'm heading to Alexandria on a business trip. I'll take pics of this beautiful city as well. So I might not be able to post during the coming week.

Meanwhile, read this and this and this

See you all soon.


Friday, November 12, 2004

Will Sunnis Tango?

I remember last year whenever I saw an angry religious cleric calling for jihad against America and described how those occupiers messed up the paradise that Iraq was in under Saddam, I used to turn over to my dad and tell him "forget the dude, he's Sunni." After some Shia clerics started adopting the same rhetoric of their Sunni counterparts, I used to turn over to my dad and tell him "forget the dude, he's from the Sadr folks." Now after Ayatollah Sistani splendidly mixed his religious authority with the authority that comes from AC-130 warplanes to squash Muqtada Sadr, we're left with the first dude.

Last year we were busy pampering Sistani. I used to scream at the top of my lungs: lose Sistani, lose Iraq. Now I'm (regrettably) forced to scream: lose Sunnis, lose a significant portion of Iraq including important areas of Baghdad. In other words, if you lose Sunnis, we can kiss the dream of unified elections next January goodbye.

There were several good advantages with the Sadr case that we won't find with the Sunnis. First, the Sunnis do not have a Sistani. They are leaderless since their leader is now in prison. Second, it seems that the terrorists do get considerable support from the Sunni local population who might be upset for losing the political privilege they had under Saddam Hussein. Now I am not quite sure of how much this support is especially since countless Sunnis were so glad that Saddam was gone. However, we can comfortably assume that the amount of support that the terrorists have within the local Sunni population is more than the support that Sadr has within the Shia community.

Anyway, the new challenge now is to convince the Sunnis that they have a stack in the new Iraq. Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds must believe in the new Iraq in order for this messy enterprise to succeed. It will take 3 to tango. The Shias in the south are already having a great time on the dancing floor (read Zeyad's latest post for more info), the Kurds hesitantly went to the dancing floor with the dream that they will one day run away from it (to create an independent Kurdistan), but many Sunnis are still standing outside. Who will pull them?





Monday, November 08, 2004

1. We always hear about the bad guys killing the good guys. Now I think it is time to hear the opposite. Please Allah let this continue. Amen.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041108/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_police_ambush&cid=540&ncid=1480

2. Behold someone with BAAAAALLLLSSSSS:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/07/iraq.un/index.html


N.B I apologize, my work's computer cannot create links.





Sunday, November 07, 2004

Back 2 Iraq

One very good news coming from Iraq is that the government will allow Iraqi in exile to vote in the upcoming elections. I believe this was an excellent decision even though the UN and the US opposed it citing logistical reasons and other difficulties.

Most Iraqis in exile live in 3 countries: Iran, USA, and UK. The ones in Iran are crazy religious lunatics who follow Abdul Aziz Al Hakim’s party and the Islamic Dawaa party. The only good thing about them is that they don’t kill Americans. However, those in the US and UK are excellent secular Shias who escaped Saddam’s tyranny. I always love logging on Pal Talk and listening to them. Most of them are secular and pro-new Iraq.

The war in Fallujah will begin sometime soon. It will be a crucial war. The animals inside called for all journalists to enter the city. They want to fight a propaganda war. I really wish two things. First, I hope Fallujah will be the start of the animals’ inclination towards defeat. Second, I hope the war won’t antagonize Iraq’s sunni population who might undermine the coming elections especially since Shias are currently forming political clusters ahead of January elections.

As soon as the war in Fallujah starts you gonna read “massacres, crimes against humanity, horror” all over Egypt’s media. Of course we know right now that the Arab media doesn’t give a dead stinky rat’s shit about those civilians who are killed daily by suicide bombers and throat slaughterers.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Memo

To: President George W. Bush

From: GM

Re: Your second term

Dear President Bush,

I would like to congratulate you for your great victory. You surely received a mandate from the American people and I am sure your leadership will not let your citizens down. I would like to inform you of my perspective regarding a number of issues that America and the world are facing.

Iraq: I was so glad that you won because Iraq is America's most important foreign enterprise ever since the Marshall Plan and Korea. You will surely enter into our history books if Iraq turned out to be something decent, not a Denmark or an India, just something decent.

The Kurds: Mr. President, can you name me a place in the world where you can easily get more votes than the ones you got in rural Utah? This place is Iraq's Kurdistan. The Kurds of Iraq deserve much more Mr. President. They are America's most passionate lovers. It would be a great idea if you simply stated that the US is committed to the security of the Kurds in Iraq. Most Kurds are skeptical of their Arab neighbors and they dream of an independent state. While this is virtually impossible, a pledge to protect the future of Kurds in Iraq won't do any harm.

The Palestinian/Israeli conflict: I know it is messy. I know your predecessor did everything possible to create a Palestinian state but later failed, but you simply cannot ignore this issue. I totally agree with you when you tell the truth to the Palestinians, that they have to stop terrorism and come up with a more sensible leadership, however, I expect you to tell Ariel Sharon the truth as well. You must tell him that it is virtually impossible for Israel to stay inside the West Bank forever. This can never happen. A future Palestinian state must be on the Gaza strip and almost all of the West Bank. Any future peace deal must follow the lines of the Clinton offer only if the Palestinians ceased all forms of terrorism and incitement against Israel. While I am writing those words, there are speculations that Yasser Arafat's life might be over. This might cause chaos in the Palestinian areas as all those factions fight for power as beasts fight for a piece of meat. You will have to wait until the beasts finish then see if a sensible leadership emerged. If yes then you will have to force yourself and Sharon to follow the Clinton-Barak path simply because this is the only path.

Iran: It is good to see the Europeans doing something by handling Iran's nuclear ambitions. I advice you to work with them just as you are working with France on the Syria/Lebanon issue. However, I'd like to draw your attention to something very important. The Iranian people hate their ruling clerics yet they think it is cool for Iran to have nuclear weapons. Who doesn't like to have nuclear weapons and feel proud about it? So I warn you of alienating the Iranian people, especially the youth who are longing for freedom yet feel that it is Iran's right to acquire any form of weapons.

Qatar: Qatar is considered one of the most dangerous states that promote terrorism around the world. Yes I know its leader talks about reform; I know the US has the largest military base in the world there, and I know that the US considers Qatar to be a model for all Gulf states, yet Qatar cannot embrace reform and Al Jazeerah at the same time. It is literally impossible. The Muslim Brotherhood controlled channel is so crucial in Qatar's political agenda and so this will take serious threats and pressures from your side in order for the Emir to do some drastic changes in the channel he finances. Words from your secretary of states were not enough; the US must take more serious actions. Saudi Arabia made some changes in Al Arabiyah's rhetoric only after receiving massive blows from Islamic terrorists and coming under harsh scrutiny after September 11.

Last but not least, I wish you all the best in your second term. I really pray that the world will change and become a better place in the coming years.



Wednesday, November 03, 2004

CONGRATULATIONS (not yet??)

I was going to post a memo for president Bush to congratulate him for winning the re-election and tell him what I think he should do in his second term. I think I have to freeze that memo until the Kerry guys are 100000000000000000000% sure they lost.

Anyway, I want to tell you something interesting. Al Arabiyah channel ran a poll on its website asking Arab readers to choose between Bush and Kerry. Readers were also allowed to vote via email. The final number was something like 42% for Bush 58% for Kerry. I personally doubt this 42% that Bush got because it is too high! Anyway, the channel then classified the votes based upon countries and guess what was the ONLY Arab country that voted for Bush in a landslide? Iraq. 80% of Iraqi emails went for Bush.

This election taught me something: NEVER trust the media. I admit that I often considered this media talk a little bit too overreacting, I somehow believed that credible big media such as CNN and New York Times are basically fair and balanced. I was wrong. I stayed up late to watch the elections on CNN and right before the elections even started, their pundits started to talk about the "youth votes", "first timers", "turn outs", and then mentioned how all those factors are more favorable to Kerry. I started to believe that Bush will lose even before Indiana closed its polls. Then guess what??? The difference between Bush and Kerry in the popular vote turned out to be over 3 million!!!! "Youth votes", "first timers", "turn outs" BWAHAA HA HA HA HA HA!!

As soon as this 3 million number became clear, Larry King turned pale and said "what went wrong with the democratic party??" Wolf Blitzer jumped and told him "it's not over yet Larry". I was always skeptical of Fox News, now, I just want to yell: THANK GOD FOR FOX!!

I believe the American people made the right choice and I will immediately post my memo to President Bush when kerry finishes searching in his provincial ballots.

I’ll leave you with a funny quote from National Review:


Here we go again…..

Edwards: We can wait one more night



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