Friday, November 09, 2007

Thought of the Day

The Iranian nuclear programme has given the U.S. and Israel sleepless nights. The troubles in nuclear Pakistan should deny them sleep altogether. Pakistan could experience a coup d'etat like the one which brought Pervez Musharraf to power in 1999, and the new leaders could align themselves with extremist Islamists to guarantee themselves a popular base of support. In other words, Al Qaeda sympathizers may take over.
Now that I have caused any reader of this blog loss of sleep, I will add a minor point. Presidednt Bush admonished Musharraf over the phone Wednesday and told him "You can't be the president and head of the military at the same time." Why not? George Bush himself is commander in chief of all American forces as well as president, and he opted for the safety of Texas instead of serving in Vitenam, while Musharraf rose through the ranks to become commander. Maybe President Bush isn't aware that he holds the two posts. Maybe Dick Cheney has not let him in on this one.


Blogger Lurk said...

Your comment misses the point entirely -- George Bush is commander-in-chief precisely BECAUSE he is a civilian and does not wear a uniform. This is the principle of civilian control of the military. See Civil-Military Relations and the Consitution of the United States (scroll down to Article 2, Section II).

6:58 AM  
Blogger Mohammed was a Child Molester said...

Who picked your name? Jihad? You or Your parent(s)? Did you know that jihad is a form of cowardice? Are you a coward? Are you a muslim in London intent on carrying out jihad there? Are you a home grown terrorist or did you move there from some 3rd world country that hates so bad that you will blow your self up for that cause? To hate for hates sake? Why do you hate Jews so much? Are you jealous because you aren't "one of the chosen people?" Or are you jealous that they actually have enough character to be a world power in the midst of a bunch of lazy cowards that can only complain and hate and blame their own shortcomings on other people, instead of accepting that they themselves are their own problem? Sorry you feel that you must blow yourself up just to get laid in paradise! LOL...

11:09 PM  
Blogger Laurent Szyster said...

Yeah, Jihad missed the point.


Because obviously his brain is more suited to perform suicide-bombing than journalism.

11:34 AM  
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10:28 AM  
Blogger E said...

the two comments above this one are both extremely sad. Jihad, you are right on many points. It is unfortunate that you feel the need to focus on israel's problems in all your articles. it smacks of incredible bias. Yes, Iraq is a terrible humanitarian crisis caused by american corruption and incompetence, and yes there is a humanitarian problem in the palestinian territories which has to fault BOTH the right wing palestinians and israelis equally. not all the worlds problems can be related to israel, and continuously victimising islam only fosters feelings of hatred towards the west that detiorate an already fragile dialogue between both sides.

as the two above posters can attest, we in the west have are fair shair of xenophobic imbeciles, but many here are also much more capable of seeing issues objectively and critically than i have ever seen coming out of the arab media. the "common knowledge" in the middle east that the mossad and cia perpetrated the 9/11 attacks attests to this.

There are many more jews and israelis than you realise who want peaceful accomodating relations with the whole muslim world. unfortunately, the arab media and its people have a tendecy to mix the racist and hyperbolic with genuine critical issues, thereby antagonising the very people who would most likely otherwise be completely on your side.

i think there will be a huge improvement in inter cultural dialog once the arab media is able to separate fact from fiction and bias from just cause. until then mostly likely, most dialog will probably look like the two posts above.


10:31 AM  
Blogger Laurent Szyster said...

Dear Elad,

Are we racist or ethnocentrist to question the relation between the cult of Muhammad's personality and the state of the muslim societies since then?

Is it xenophobic to assert that the motivation for antisemitism in the arab world is not different from what it is elsewhere?

What is xenophobic in saying that Jihad is stupid enough to perform "martyrdom" as he calls it?

The vulgarity used? Or your own racist prejudice that you lend me so easely?

Why do you waste your time trying to be polite and reasonable with someone who made a living of incitement and fantasms?

People under the banner of mediocrity won't stop to incite and fantasize until they are either forced to shut up or suffer themselves from the ill they called upon others.

Arabs and Jews never wished anything else than peace.

But Jihad as much as any right-wing nuts from Fox TV depends on war and the propaganda that fuels it to pay his bills.

There's nothing to debate with such fool, even turning him in a laughing stock is not easy: he's so ridiculous already.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Khazen said...

I really enjoyed the six comments...Jihad, holy war, Mohammed, terrorism, etc.
I am Catholic. Jihad, as a word in the Arabic language, means hard work, or work till you get tired. When I was a little boy the only other Jihad I knew was Jihad Rubeiz who belonged to the Eastern Orthodox Church. The name has since been hijacked. Sorry to disappoint Israel apologists.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Just because this is a blog, does not mean those who post comments without checking facts are off the hook when corrected. Do the right thing and admit you were wrong. Then, let's get on with positive dialogue; blind hatred never gets anyone or the world anywhere. By the way, Jihad Khazen is a respected editor, writer and thinker who is well-known worldwide in the publishing and media industry for his balanced views.

6:29 AM  

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