Thursday, September 27, 2007

Celebrating the LIfe of Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi 1919-2007

Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi the Palestinian icon, the statement, the leader, the physician, the philanthropists, the negotiator died in Gaza on September 25, 2007 at the age of 88 years after suffering from terminal illness.

This posting is not to mourn the passing of Dr. Haider but to celebrate his life, his commitments to the nation and people of Palestine and his unselfish devotion to the people he grew up with and committed himself to serve.

Dr. Mustafa Bargouthi, a leader in the Palestinian National Initiative perhaps said it best when he said "Dr. Abdel-Shafi will remain a beacon of inspiration for us in our struggle for freedom, democracy and independence for our people". Yes indeed Dr. Haider was a beacon, and it is too bad that the Palestinian people chose to follow not Dr. Haider but incompetent, corrupt and discredit leaders.

Dr. Haider a physician and a surgeon studied in Beirut and the US and return to establish the Palestine Red Crescent Society to serve the many poor of Gaza. He devoted his entire life for public service and was a founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization at its first meeting in Jerusalem in 1964 and later served as member of the executive committee 1964-1965.

In later years Dr. Haider was expelled and exiled twice by the Israelis who could not stand to have someone like Dr. Haider providing the much badly needed leadership for people under occupation. He was exiled in 1969 and in 1970.

Dr. Haider was a visionary and a nationalist who supported armed resistance to the military occupation but never supported suicide bombings. He also was one of the very few and courageous statesman who called for the Arabs and the Palestinians to accept the partition plan and reach a peaceful negotiations with Israel. Of course for that vision and for that courage he was denounced by the Arab and Palestinian media.

Later on and in 1991, Dr. Haider was to lead the joint Palestinian-Jordanian delegations to the Madrid Peace Conference. Later that year he became the lead negotiator with the Israelis here in Washington. He always insisted and called on the Israelis to stop expansion and constructions of the settlements. He quit when he discovered that Arafat went behind his back and was negotiating Oslo in secret.

In 1996 he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council with the largest number of votes. Only to quit two years later in protest of ineffectiveness of the PLC and incompetence and corruptions of the Palestinian leadership. In 2002 he organized with Dr. Mustafa Bargouthi the Palestinian National Initiative as an alternative to Fatah and Hamas.

Since leaders do make a big difference, in building a nation and make a difference in destruction nations. One has to wonder what would have happen if someone like Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi was the Palestinian leader who took the leadership from 1964 until now? One thing for sure the Palestinians will not be in such a dire position they are in now.

One need to compare someone like Dr. Haider with Hajj Amin Hussaini, a pathetic incompetent and failed leader who was more interested and obsessed with his standing and his family standing among the Palestinians in competition with the Nashashibi family and cared less about the Palestinian people and their quest for freedom and independence from the British and in fending the ever expanding Jewish occupation.

One has to wonder what would have happened if someone like Dr. Haider was the leader instead of Ahmed Shukari who was nothing more than a demagogue and big mouthed empty politician.

For sure one can only imagine if the Palestinians have someone like Dr. Haider instead of some one like Yasser Arafat a fraud and incompetent and corrupt at that. For sure we will not be in the big mess we are in now.

Arafat to save his "ass" and to save his discredited PLO and Fatah and to make sure that someone like Dr. Haider does not challenge him for the leadership decided to undermine Dr. Haider and all the excellent work he was doing as negotiator. Arafat having failed to liberate Palestine decided through Oslo to become a manager and administrator of the Israeli Occupation for and on behalf of Israel. Of course in exchange for a lucrative contract for himself, his buddies and cronies.

Rather than have someone like Dr. Haider, smart, honest, committed to lead the negotiations, he dispatched noting but incompetent, mentally retarded cronies to lead the negotiations that of course gave us Oslo and gave permanency to Israeli settlements and the occupation and gave second lease of life on a discredited and pathetic organization.

Too bad the Palestinians did not appreciate good and honest leaders when they saw one and chose over the last 100 years to follow nothing but retarded, incompetent and corrupt leaders who wasted tens of billions of dollars and who are responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands, only to fail at liberation and only succeed at gaining and concluded a contract to manage the Israeli Occupation.

May Allah rest your soul, Dr. Haider, and grant you peace in paradise. You were a great leader however the Palestinian people for certain are undeserving of such a leader like you. I can only wonder when the Palestinian people will wake up and take matters in their own hand and kick the hell out of the leaders they had for the last 40 years. Fatah and Hamas are simply unfit to lead to liberation let alone manage anything even under occupation.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

A "Tipsy" Peter King Inducts himself in the "Assholes Hall of Fame".

The recent comments made by Congressman Peter King R-New York surely qualifies him for inductions into the "Assholes Hall of Fame". The not so honorable congressman, a racist and a bigot through and trough was a strong supporter of the IRA terrorism since the IRA did commits similar terrorists acts committed by radical Muslim groups around the world, killing and maiming innocent people in N. Ireland and in London, as they went about planting bombs in public places. The congressman when it comes to terrorism is not so honorable, forgetting that terrorism is terrorism whether committed by Irish Catholics, Muslims, Jews or Hindus.

To Peter King as we watched on YouTube declared in an interview with" Politico" "There are too many mosques in this country. There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam, we should be looking at them carefully and finding ways to infiltrate them." These words do not represent a man well known for being "too tipsy" but shows he is a racist to the core.

Of Course the not so honorable congressman, chose to serve in the National Guard (1968-1973) of course like his George Bush and other Republican "Chicken Hawks" did not want to serve in Vietnam or perhaps was too afraid to go to war and serve his country. Like the many die hard Republicans who chose to have others serve and die for their country, they do enjoy doing the thing they like to do the most, talk of patriotism and talk of serving America, while choosing to hide in the safety of their safe and plush offices. It seems Peter King took his queue from Dick Cheney who "had other important things to do" than serve the United States of American as a soldier. Peter King and other Republicans simply enjoy when other others die and they enjoy it more when they visit the heroes and the braves, the maimed and injured and thank them for their service to the country while denying them the proper medical and psychological care they need the most. It is so ironic that the most patriots of all Republicans are also the most cowards.

It seems that Peter King is at his best when he is "tipsy". After a leaving reception at the White House shortly before the Polls closed on the 2004 Presidential elections he declared to Alex Pelosi in his film "Diary of a Political Tourist" the election is over, we won". Pelosi asked a "tipsy" Peter King, "How do you know that?" a "tipsy" King added" it is all over but the counting and we'll take care of that". Perhaps he knew something about American democracy that we as voters do not know!

Moreover a "tipsy" Peter King no doubt under the influence, declared in February 2006 and as quoted in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_T._King
That "things were blooming in Baghdad and that being in Baghdad was like being in Manhattan". No doubt Peter King was either too drunk or too stoned to make such statements. For sure he lives in a different planet, and does not watch the evening news. For sure he does not visit the maimed and injured soldiers to hear their stories, no doubt ashamed of himself for choosing not to enlist in the Army with a chance to go to war in Vietnam. He lives his fantasies and as someone who serves on the Homeland Security should know how many thousands of our brave soldiers died and how hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died. Perhaps the congressman is always "tipsy".

The bigotry and racism of Peter King is almost legendary. The man who chose to sit out the war in New York and who supported IRA terrorism supported racial profiling and supported the extra screenings of Middle Eastern and South Asians due to their ethnicity and religion. I know too many great friends who are Irish and who are Catholics and I could never see myself or for that matter see the Congress support racial and religious profiling of Irish Americans because they wanted the British Occupation of N. Ireland to end.

I do not know how Peter King gets his information about the active support of terrorism among Muslims in this country. Of the millions of Muslims in this country none committed the kind of terrorist crimes committed by Tim McVae? Congressman Peter King and his Home Land Security have my full support to go after every Muslim or any Arab who actively engage in any crimes that endanger America or Americans or for that matter any civilians any where around the world including Israel. Yes, Congressman King, there are individuals of the Muslim faith who do commit crimes and they are no different from Irish-Americans, or Jewish Americans or Italian-Americans who commit felony crimes. Why only the Muslim community is the only one targeted by bigots like Peter King ?

Perhaps Peter King suggests that Muslims and Arabs should be tattooed and implanted with "smart chips" with their SS numbers for easy tracking, or perhaps he can sponsor legislations that forces Muslims and Arabs to wear armed bands designating them as "Muslims" or Arabs similar to the Nazi who did the same thing to Jews. Thanks God, Peter King is not a founding father of America, I am sure he would have banned the Blacks, the Jews, the Irish, the Italians, the Muslims and the Arabs out of America. No Congressman King we are no less patriot that any other community in this country. We also proudly served in the armed forces of the United States of America. So please do not teach us any of your patriotism.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Mahmoud Abbas to Dispatch, the Competent, Smart, Brilliant, Charming, and Honest Ahmed Qurai to Secret Negotiations with Israel, Ha !

Last week major Arabic newspapers such as Asharqalwsat and Alquds Alarabi carried front line news that Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority under Israeli Occupation have dispatch his long time friend and confidant, the smart, brilliant and specially gifted Ahmed Qurai (Abu Ala) to negotiate yet another secret deal with Israel.

Of course any one familiar with the secret negotiations in Oslo lead by our friend Ahmed Qurai and orchestrated by the late Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas can only wonder why does Abbas send again, some one like Abu Ala to negotiate for an on behalf of the Palestinians. If Oslo1 was a partial sell out by the axis of incompetence, corruption and failed leadership (Arafat, Abbas and Qurai) one does not need to wonder what the rest of the story will be.

At the heights of the First Intifada, which Arafat with all of his no so smart and not so intelligent (Mokhabarat and Estekhbbarat) services, never knew was coming, Israel was desperate to end this civil uprising that pitted a Palestinian stone with an Israeli tank shell and that was on the news every day. Israel was also desperate to get a formal recognition, not simply an announcement from Arafat and his PLO like that in 1988, but a formally signed and sealed recognition for its existence, legitimacy and for its continued control of the land and of course for its definition that the land it occupied is” disputed territories” but not occupied. A big difference that our team of brilliant leaders failed to see.

Israel knew it was not getting ahead with the team in Washington lead by Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi, a truly brilliant man with commitment and integrity unmatched any where in Palestine for the last 100 years. Dr. Abdul-Shafi main objective was to bring an end to the Israeli Military Occupation and address and bring about a final resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Arafat not trusting in Dr. Haider Abdul-Shafi dispatched non other than Dr. Nabil Sha’ath to keep an eye on the negotiating team lest they succeed and bring about an end to the occupation and put Arafat and his PLO out of business.

Israel and its intelligence services knew very well the Palestinian trio of Arafat-Abbas –Qurai. It knew them from the days in Beirut, and it knew them very well from the days of Tunis, and it knew what they ate, drank and whom they slept with (Arafat preferred young Romanian boys). In fact Israel had one of its key agent in the office of the Palestinian Ambassador to Tunis, Hakam Bal’awi, a close confident of Arafat and a conduit for many of the exchange of messages. It should be noted that Bala’awi returned to a heroes welcome when Israel gave him the permission to return. Willy Brandt, the German Chancellor had to resign because one of his staff member in the Chancellery was an East German spy. Of course we can see the difference between “them and us”.

Israel knew Arafat and his team were desperate having sided with Saddam Hussein and supported the Iraqi Occupation of Kuwait. Arafat not only publicly supported the criminal Saddam but contributed $50 millions toward the invasion and of course all at the expense of over 350,000 Palestinians living in Kuwait. The Palestinians should have put Arafat on trial and hanged him for his betrayal of hundreds of thousands destroying their lives and causing them to lose over $14 billions in personal and business assets.
Israel was aware of this and was aware that Arafat and his PLO needed an uplift and needed something to save it after its disastrous siding with Saddam and the way to do it, is to entice Arafat and his team to enter into secrete negotiations that can save Arafat “ass” and can save his failing and much discredit PLO.

Oslo negotiated by the not so brilliant team of Arafat, Abbas and Qurai, has nothing to do with ending the Occupation. It has every thing to do with mutual recognition of Israel by Arafat and his PLO and Israel recognition of the PLO (TOZZ). All remain the same.

While Israel got what it wanted in terms of legitimacy around the Muslim and Arab world opening the doors for Israel from Indonesia to Morocco, Arafat got his Palestinian Authority and got himself and his PLO and Fatah a permanent job of providing security for the IDF and armed settlers, and of course with billions of dollars going to the personal pockets of Arafat and his PA.

While Israel knew Arafat very well, he in turn knew the Palestinians very well too, especially all those parasites around him. He knew them well and he was ready as he was for the last 40 years to buy them off. He knew every one has a price, he knew every one of his lieutenants and advisors have a weakness for money, women and prestige. He knew how to get their support for his Oslo. We can see it on the ground in Ramallah. Very expensive homes in the millions of dollars, expensive cars, (khadam and hasham), even the servants of these parasites can go out to the streets and tell the people what to do, giving true meaning to the Arabic saying (kalb El-Sheik, Sheik).

Meanwhile and under Oslo, the Israeli Occupation continues as it is and has been for the last 40 years. Israel continued with its policies of land confiscation for expanding settlements, it continued with and in fact increased its squeeze on the Palestinians adding more and more checkpoints. It gave armed settlers total control of the entire city of Hebron and recently it created a network of roads “ FOR JEWS ONLY’. Of course the not so brilliant Qurai did not bother to discuss the issues of water resources, ending the settlement expansions, giving authority over residency to the PA just to mention few.

Since Oslo was nothing more than a security contract between Israel and the PLO/Fatah, control of the many and different security agencies became of much interest and competition between Arafat and his cohorts. Giving a full meaning to the phrase of “ who control the security not only control the Palestinian population (mandatory under Oslo) but can also collect on payments from Israel and the international community”.

Now Mr. Abbas could not find another less competent and corrupt person other than Mr. Ahmed Qurai to dispatch and start another round of secret negotiations with Israel. Of course this is the same man who squandered billions of dollars while running SAMED Industries (I am sure many of you remember the great Palestinian enterprise with businesses from Uganda to Latin America to the corner stores in the ghettos of the US cities) Billions of dollars simply disappeared under his management and of course he was never held accountable for any of the loses and millions stolen.

He is also the man who did simply felt he did not need professional legal and strategic team to help in the negotiations relying on his stupidity, ignorance and “ charm” to win concessions from Israel. This is the same man who made and is making a killing out of lands he knew as negotiator will be under Palestinian jurisdiction, becoming the largest single developer under occupation. He is also the same man, whose family enterprises made a killing out of selling the cement to Israel to help toward building the Apartheid Wall.

One only need to read the many books and articles written on Oslo, and one need to read Uri Savir accounts of the 1,100 days that lead to the “compromise” in Oslo, where Arafat and his PLO secured a long term security contract while Israel kept all it had in land, not to mention the control over who can come and who can stay.

It is very difficult to read into the minds of those who are in charge among the Palestinians. It is even more difficult to understand why Mahmoud Abbas want to send an idiot to go back and negotiate away what he failed to do in the first place.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Did the Zionists NeoCons Needed a New Pearl Harbor to realize their America of the New Century?

“As the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests?

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:
• We need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;
• We need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;
• We need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;
• We need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.
Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next. “ June 3, 1997 from Statement of Principals’ New American Century.
With these words, the Zionist NeoCons went ahead and planned for the George Bush presidency, marrying the military industrial complex with corrupt and immoral politics and of course funded and sponsored by lobbyists.
The disgraced Paul Wolfowitz who dished our big favors for his lover and mistress at the expense of the poor lead the ideological revival of this axis of evils to perpetuate their own agenda. The only thing they needed is a new Pearl Harbor.
The Zionist NeoCons to get the support of the nation for an expanding and powerful nations argued that a great catastrophic events will galvanize the public instilling fear and apprehension and will allow them the freedom to go ahead and planned global war against any and every one that does not support our homogeny over world resources and dominance over other nations.
Other scholars and security experts such as Zbignew Brzezinski in his book” the Great Chessboard, American Primacy and its Georstrategic Imperative: published in 1997 also shared in the view that American public will not support an agenda of expanding military power in the absence of a major catastrophic events like that of Pearl Harbor. Donald Rumsfeld reached the same conclusion on January 11, 2001 as he made the same arguments in testimony before Congress as Chairman of the Commission to Asses US National Security, Space Management and Organization.
With a long history of associations with US intelligence agencies during the Mujahdeen war in Afghanistan one has to wonder if Osama Bin Laden was reading all of these manifestos.
No one is accusing any one of collaborations with Osama Bin Laden’s gang of murderers but one has to raise the questions of what did these NeoCons and the US intelligence community knew of Osama plans to attack the US on September 11? And why no one within the US with hundreds of billions of dollars spent on intelligence allowed or failed to detect a group of terrorists from taking over 4 planes and using them as suicide bombs to kills thousands of innocent Americans?
On the sixth anniversary of the tragedy and attack on the US there are lots of questions that no one in Washington dared to answer or refuse to answer and did the NeoCons knew something that we did not know as Americans.
Thousands of Americans have paid their lives as a price for the ideology and plans for the Zionist NeoCons New American Century and tax payers end up paying more than trillions of dollars on home land security and on a much weakened not more stronger military. Most if not all of the money went to security and military industrial organizations and with less funding going toward the average citizens improving educations, healthcare and social services. Thousands of Americans died and tens of thousands of our brave soldiers are injured and damaged for life, hundreds of thousands of people around the world all died so that the Zionist NeoCons can realize their dreams of New American Century. America that is so much in debt, America that is so much hated around the world, America that has lost its moral strength, value and compass, while the NeoCons having made a financial killings out our ills are now disgraced forever.
Without any doubt, the George Bush/ Dick Cheney Administration is not only the most incompetent administration in the history of the United States but a disgrace to the human race.
Our sympathies and condolences goes to the family of all those who lost their lives here in the US by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and to the families who lost their loved one in the war on Afghanistan and Iraq and may all the dead and victims rest peace.
America’s Hall of Shame:

Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush

Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes

Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle

Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz

Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen

Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Palestinians in Lebanon, a Tragedy, a Crime, Certainly a Conspiracy!

When it comes to Lebanon, it invokes in me many mixed feelings. The first time I visited Beirut was as a graduate assistant in the department of political science at Indiana University. I traveled to Lebanon during the summer of 72 with my professor and some 25 undergraduate students part of a 50 days tour of the Middle East.

Beirut in those days was heaven; even for some one coming from great cities like Chicago and beautiful college towns like Bloomington, Indiana. Beirut and its people have lots of class, lots of style. Beautiful buildings, streets and caf├ęs and oh, so many beautiful, good looking, very classy and dressed to kill women, at the AUB campus and around town. We spent 10 days at the AUB and had a chance to meet with some students (most of whom where very arrogant), many professors and toured the city and some towns close by.

In 1975 a bunch of Christian militia attacked a bus in the outskirt of Beirut killing scores of Palestinian and injuring many. That was the spark that ignited Beirut and put Lebanon on fire culminating with the Israeli invasion of Beirut in 82 and the exiles of Arafat and his PLO.

The Civil War in Lebanon was a savage war by all means. Pitting Muslims against Christians, pitting Christians against Christians and pitting Muslims against Muslims. It was a war that destroyed the entire fabric of Lebanon, and it was a war where even the most sophisticated and intellectuals turned into criminals over night. Throats were slits at checkpoint and the pronunciations of the word “tomato” the way Lebanese and Palestinians pronounced it made a difference between life and death.

Over 100,000 Lebanon died and tens of thousands Palestinians died by the many Christian militias, the Syrian army and more than 50,000 remains missing and no one dare to open the files on these people and give a closure to this savage war. I could never imagined the people whom I met back in 72 and was so impressed with their sophistications can turn out to be killers and murderers. For me Lebanon is a country to view from far.

When the late Arafat was in Beirut, no doubt he was the big cheese, the man of the town if not the country. He claimed he was the “boss” in Lebanon. He and his PLO ran Beirut and there was so much abuse on the political and social levels that the Lebanese simply did not forgive Arafat. His PLO ran one of the most corrupt and undisciplined “liberation” organizations that were simply easy target for and easy to penetrate by Israel and its agents. Yes, Lebanon was and is a sectarian country run by warlord and big bosses like some cities in the US with close cooperation and collusions between the Sunnis of Beirut who ran the economy and the Christian Maronites who ran the country. They’re so much collusion between the two disfranchising the rest of the sects and the rest of the country.

Arafat and his PLO added to and contributed to this conflict and while not the only thing that ignited and burned the country, Lebanon by its very nature with well-armed militias and well-armed private armies was ready to explode. Lebanon was nothing more than a country run by different families just like the mafia ran some cities in the US. Arafat was a mafia boss just like all of the others. Arafat ran a very undisciplined militia that did not leave much of a good will in the South. The people where so glad the Palestinians were out. As Arafat departed Beirut forever, he left behind hundreds of thousands of Palestinians at the mercy of both the Lebanese and the Israelis. Though Arafat secured a “safety guarantee” for those left behind from the US Government, few days later the Lebanese Phalange and the Israelis were to commit the massacres of Palestinian in Sabra and Shatilla. Of course neither the Palestinians nor the Lebanese were ever to open let alone from a commission to look into the massacre in Sabra and Shatilla. Arab countries and liberation organizations never open investigations when thousands die. Death by the thousands is considered normal and never to be looked into.

Lebanon, the sectarian country it is, was all about “confessionalism” and the confessional system in Lebanon determined from births the rights and privileges of its citizens. If you are a Christian Maronite you can dream to be a president, but if you are a Muslim Shiite, the best you can hope for is speaker of the house and if you are a Sunni Muslim, well you can become a prime minister. The Shiites were ignored and disfranchised for years. No wonder Nasrallah is now a big boss.

Since the foundation of modern Lebanon and its independence in 46, the political system insuring the Christians will always have an edge in parliament never did change. No census where taken for over 60 years. A new population census will open the door to a new civil war.

The creation of Israel and the exiles of over 300,000 Palestinians to Lebanon, most of who were Muslims did create a big challenge for Lebanon and for the political establishment. It is interesting that the Lebanese government though very reluctant in fact adamant about granting nationality to any one, out of fear for upsetting the sectarian and confessional balance did granted many “Christians” Palestinians nationality while refusing to grant nationality to Muslims lest upsetting the delicate balance.

The recent and tragic events at Nahr Al-Barid are a big reminder of the very uneasy situation of many of the Palestinians living in Lebanon. Fatah Al-Islam not only destroyed the entire camp housing some 30,000 Palestinian refugees, it opened again a “Pandora Box” that is called the presence of Palestinians in Lebanon.

Nowhere else in the world, not in Jordan, not in Syria, not in Egypt where Palestinians simply disfranchised from the very basic rights as they are in Lebanon. The Palestinians are “forbidden” by law from engaging in business, from forming organizations, from joining unions, from medical health and coverage, from social insurance, from education, from joining the labor force, from adding a small room to their homes in refugee camps. Palestinians are forbidden from some 40 different rights and professions. This is part of the price the Palestinians have to pay making sure that they will never ever have permanent residency in Lebanon and making sure they never upset the confessional system in Lebanon.

Many if not all of the Lebanese politicians while ignoring the very cancer that is destroying the country “confessionalism” all make the “tawteen” or permanent residency for Palestinians the issue on the table and the source of ills in the country.

When Arafat was in Beirut and his boys were enjoying the very best Beirut could offer, wine, women and the good life and while he and his boys were living like hogs in Lebanon, he never looked back at those residing under Israeli occupation. When he was exiled to Tunis and later when Israel allowed him and granted him limited rights of residence in Ramallah, he never looked back at those left behind in Lebanon.

The PLO throughout its miserable and failed history never did devise a workable plan and never have in place a policy to help and support Palestinians refugees all over the Middle East. The PLO while collecting tens of billions of dollars never tried to help the Palestinians with some kind of infrastructure within the refugee camps that if nothing else can help alleviate the daily suffering and humiliation and total reliance on UNRWA. The PLO with its tens of billions of dollars in its coffer and treasury decided to distribute the people’s money among its officers and cadres and investing in industries that were nothing but a big fraud and a vehicle to steal and rob and fleece the organization while the very people this organization was to represent were left to the total care of UNRWA. Arafat and the PLO simply did nothing for the Palestinian refugees anywhere. In fact he and his policies always contributed to the killing and murder of Palestinian and the source of their misery.

The PLO with its tens of billions of dollars did not bother to build schools or hospitals or social infrastructures for those it supposed to represent, but chose to steal and rob the people with billions ending up in the pockets of its officers and officials.

The tragic situation in Lebanon is nothing but a tragedy, crime and a conspiracy with the Arab League, Lebanon, the PLO, Israel all conspired and joined forces making sure the Palestinians in Lebanon never see a nice and decent day. The Palestinian in Lebanon are living in hell on earth in Lebanon and with a life that for sure will lead to another civil war unless the Lebanese government gather the courage and address the grievances of the Palestinians in Lebanon. Mahmoud Abbas and Ahamed Qurai and the PLO should be the last people and the last organization to have a right to speak out for and on behalf of the Palestinians in Lebanon. In fact they all should be brought to trial for their crimes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Gates of Heaven are Closed Until Further Notice !

I read with much surprise generating lots of contempt for the family of Shaker Al-Abbsy, the Palestinian terrorist who was killed few days ago by the Lebanese Army at the Nahr Al-Bared Refugee Camp.

What generated my contempt for the family and the deceased is the news the family is treating her terrorist son as “martyr” making the decision for the All Mighty Allah, the deity that can make such a decision.

Shaker Al-Abbsy, the terrorist who terrorized and exiled over 30,000 Palestinian refugees is deemed by his family and many of the “salafi” crowd as “martyr”.

These days, every Mohamed, Iqbal, or Mushtaq that commits terrorist crimes and kills innocent people is deemed “martyr” by the family, friends and all of the lunatics that form the “salafi” circles. Of course they can only refer to the killer and murderer as “martyr” yet they are totally silent about the scores of totally innocent people they kill. If the killer is a “martyr” what does it make those people he killed “collateral damage” or “kuffar”?

Whether it is Gaza, Egypt, Iraq or Pakistan (oh there are a whole lots of those ready made “martyrs”, Afghanistan, Turkey , Philippines and even Thailand, not to mention Morocco, Algeria among other countries where criminals and mentally deranged misfits calling themselves “jihadist” are ready to kill themselves and many, hundreds if not thousand others on their way to becoming “martyr”. ( Oh there are a whole lots of those ready made “martyrs” who are ready to kill in Iraq and Pakistan.

Perhaps my understanding of Islam is different, perhaps the Allah that I worship and pray to 5 times a day is different, and perhaps the Holy Quran that I read on regular basis is different since I do not believe that the gates of heaven are open to murderers and killers even they happened to be “muslim” with a small “m”. From what I know of the Allah that I love and worship to the Holy Quran that is my true guide and the only guide I do not believe “walelmu enda Allah” that these killers and murderers are “martyrs”.

How can any one believe, that someone like Al-Zarqawi or Shaker Al-Abbsy who committed hundreds if not thousands of murders are “martyrs”. There is something fundamentally wrong with those who believe these criminals and murderers are “martyrs”. How can any one responsible for the destruction of an entire town, a refugee camps for the 30, 000 who have no place to go, and who is responsible for their exile and again flights and destructions of their homes, properties and family units can be a “martyr”.?

Of course there are a whole lots of questions the Lebanese government have to answer not only to the 200 members of the Lebanese Army who died in the fighting, but to the 30,000 who had to leave every thing and lose every thing to Shaker Al-Abbsy and his “Fatah Al-Islam”. The Lebanese government have to answer how these terrorist where allowed into the country? How these terrorists where allowed to bring with them the heavy weapons they had? How these terrorists where able to have such a substantial financial support to allow them to do what they did.? Someone, somewhere in Lebanon have lots of money and with some connections that allowed these terrorists in? How the Lebanese government can calls itself a sovereign government if it could not protect and have control over its borders? Someone in Beirut must have all the answers to these questions.

Equally troublesome is the way these terrorists came into the camp and were allowed into it together with their families. From what I know in Lebanon almost if not all of the camps are out of the jurisdiction of the Lebanese government and are under the control of Fatah or the PLO. These refugee camps under the control of Palestinian militias” that belong to Fatah and no one can enter or leave the camps without some kind of control.

The question is how did these terrorists come into the camp and who gave them the permission? Also from what I know is that such major issues or events such as allowing a bunch of terrorists to come in to the camps with their weapons received some kind of green line from someone in Beirut?

Perhaps this is a very expensive and costly lesson for the Palestinians to never allow bunch of terrorists to come and take them hostage and of course to hold those Palestinian leaders of the camps responsible. Also this may be a good time as any to bring all Palestinian camps under the control and jurisdiction of the Lebanese government.

However and given the history of the Lebanese government and its total lack of effective government and the fact that many leaders are war criminals, some of whom responsible for the cold blooded murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians there must be some kind of international guarantees, that will prevent the repeat of Sabra and Shatilla and will prevent the repeat of the US not living to its promise to protect those left behind as was the case in 1982.

Yes, we can only ask the All Mighty Allah to close the Gates of Heaven in the face of killers and murderers who commits such horrible crimes in the name of Islam. Jordan should never allow his body to spoil the earth. The man’s body should be left to the vultures.