Letters to the Editor, Dr. Hassan El-Najjar, May 4, 2004

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Famous Quotes about War&Peace #30

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Abraham Lincoln

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Cheney explains why the US didn't go to Baghdad in 1991

I have discovered something which I think is most hilarious or sad, read below, I have confirmed this with ABCNews. This is fact. I am not sure how I want to write this up or maybe just let the interview speak for itself. Gesh a person would figure this guy has had almost 13 years to come up with intelligent and workable answers. What is more astounding is that the American people elected this joker into office. Any thoughts or ideas will be helpful. I do have the entire transcript of the interview.

Jim Virga


Mr. BRINKLEY: One other question- it keeps coming up. Why didn't we go to Baghdad and clean it all up while we were there?

Sec. CHENEY: Well, just as it's important, I think, for a president to know when to commit U.S. forces to combat, it's also important to know when not to commit U.S. forces to combat. I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire. Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? Who would we put in power? What kind of government would we have? Would it be a Sunni government, a Shi'a government, a Kurdish government? Would it be secular, along the lines of the Ba'ath Party? Would be fundamentalist Islamic? I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept the responsibility of trying to govern Iraq. I think it makes no sense at all.




Kashmir's new rulers

Mahbooba Mufti, the daughter of Kashmir’s Chief Minister and herself a minister in her father’s cabinet had established most condemnable precedent by uncovering the face of a Pardanashin voter, on national TV, even if the victim was suspected of being a bogus voter. There are time-honoured security practices to tackle such incidents. Mehbooba’s act to take the law into her own hand has set a bad example for police to follow her example in blatantly and openly compromising with the honour and dignity of a woman, whoever she may be. As it is Kashmiri women are the worst sufferers of security authorities and even molestations and rapes are not uncommon.

The worst part was that the wronged woman did turn out to be a genuine voter.

Mahbooba’s agitated womanhandling on camera of a Muslim lady’s most cherished possession of her honour, the niqab of a practicing Muslim, has exposed that power had completely changed her and robbed her of her liberal aura of a woman activist fighting for the rights of a women.

To the Kashmiri people, she even appeared harboring a distinct derision and contempt for traditional Islamic purdah dressing that is the hallmark of Kashmiri society.

This will not endear PDP as the preferred political party, if Mahbooba’s image being against religious tradition is registered with the voters, by her indiscretion in becoming physical to tackle a suspected woman bogus voter.




Earth, a planet hungry for peace


The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers (Ran Cohen, pmc, 5/24/03).
The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank (Ran Cohen, pmc, 5/24/03).



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