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Pakistani ambassador given the shaft by Saudis

Apparently, the name of the new Pakistani ambassador has rubbed the Saudis the wrong way. The ambassador’s name, Akbar Zeb, in arabic means “Biggest Dick”.  Similar attempts to penetrate the diplomatic corps of the UAE and Bahrain were also cockblocked.

While the Pakistanis had a huge swell of confidence that their man would be able to erect new bridges with their middle-eastern friends, it turns out that a major case of penis envy has given diplomacy the blue balls, and the Pakistani government a throbbing headache.

I, for one, am proud to live in a country where men whose name is also a euphamism for the male genitalia can be elected to high office and serve as members of our diplomatic corps anywhere in the world. All they need is a stiff adherence to our American principles and the peoples’ mushroom stamp of approval.

Freedom’s strongest front in Iran: Twitter?!?!?

ajad-vs-internet

 

Ever since Iran’s presidential election a few days ago, there have been massive protests in the country’s urban centers. While the government has been successful in shutting down most communications coming out of the country, they have thusfar been unable to quash the thousands of tweets coming from the protestors.

Helping the twitterers out by setting up over 9,000 proxy servers and launching DDoS attacks on Iranian government websites, the guys with plenty of time on their hands at 4chan.org seem to be this country’s major cyber warriors – all those jokes about the 101st fighting keyboard brigade must have struck a nerve. Even the Pirate bay is getting in on the action by seeding torrents of videos taken down by youtube for their graphic content.

The information coming out has included pictures of injured and dead protestors, video of the Basij thugs shooting into crowds, and communications to other protestors about which places in Tehran and elsewhere are safe to gather.

From all the information coming out, this appears to be the beginning of a big revolution in Iran. Let’s hope they can change their country for the better. Here are their demands:

Demands from the protesters  

1. Dismissal of Khamenei for not being a fair leader
2. Dismissal of Ahmadinejad for his illegal acts
3. Temporary appointment of Ayatollah Montazeri as the Supreme Leader
4. Recognition of Mousavi as the President
5. Forming the Cabinet by Mousavi to prepare for revising the Constitution
6. unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners
7. Dissolution of all organs of repression, public or secret.

 

 

I’ll be back to update this with links when I can.

The Mideast Debate

In the movie ‘Munich’ the Zionists plot revenge and terror, something that continues to this day on both sides.

James Abourezk takes the side of Palestine;

In “Overcoming Zionism,” Joel Kovel writes that Israelis look upon non-Jews as being less than human. Reports last week show that the International Red Cross officials discovered a house. More than 100 Palestinian civilians were forced into it, then it was shelled. The building contained the bodies of dozens of men, women and children.

AND

In this time of economic hardship in America and of naked aggression by Israel, it is time to say: “Enough is enough.” We should keep the billions we send each year to Israel and Egypt. That will help us and help the people who suffer under the illegal Israeli occupation with the use of American support.

Marty Gallanter takes the side of Israel;

One notable exception came from Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, where he recognized Israel’s right to exist and live in peace. His reward was the return of all Egyptian land taken in 1967 and removal of all Israeli settlements. The Israelis tried to give him back Gaza, but he wouldn’t take it. The same thing happened when Israel tried to return the West Bank to Jordan as part of that peace treaty some years later. Sadat paid for his peace efforts with his life, murdered by the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organization and the model for Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. All three have chartered as their primary goal the destruction of Israel. All refuse to recognize that Israel might have the right to exist.

AND

Hamas has betrayed the Palestinian people. Israel has said it would accept an international force to keep peace. Hamas has refused. Israel accepts a two-state solution. Hamas has refused. A partnership for peace requires more than one side to make concessions. Until that happens, the innocents will be ones who suffer the most.

My take? I don’t think Peace is possible until one group kills the other off.

I have deep respect for both Marty and Jim. I have had several conversations with both men, and they are deeply passionate about their people and families still living in the region. Emotions run high when these two guys talk about the conflict. As you can see from reading both columns, they both have their own ‘set of facts’ and feel the other side is guilty. For a better perspective of this conflict, I recommend you watch the movie ‘Munich’. The movie portrays the deep hatred each side has for each other and also the deep love they have for their own societies. I’ll warn you, it is a very disturbing movie.