Arabs vs Badgers
Last updated: July 21, 2008
July 17, 2007
Due to the lack of time and severe intoxication after yet another friend's birthday party, posting is temporarily suspended. Meanwhile I have started reorganizing my side-bar, something I did not succeed to achieve before because of the buggy Google software. I hope that the new version of the blogspot stands firm and rock solid under the pressure of new HTML tags.
The first section added: Selected Posts: Hugo Chavez/Left
You can also amuse yourselves with another (and as always) brilliant post by the IraqPundit on the Arabs obsession with conspiracy theories: The Sworn Conspiracy.
I just cannot keep myself from quoting one section of his post, because here he captures with a few lines the entire mindset of this Arab nation:
. . . Arabs have long seen themselves as the targets of a series of complex – and always successful -- international conspiracies. Supposedly, nobody will allow even a single successful Arab country to emerge. Why not? Because we Arabs are really important and we represent a mortal threat to the degenerate West. For that matter, we are a threat to the delusional East, too! That’s why we have to be immobilized. Of course, because we are such victims, we can’t do a damn thing to improve our own lot. Not that it's our fault. Nothing is our fault.
July 18, 2007
A car bomb goes off in a parking lot near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad.
July 19, 2007
All sections are now on the side-bar:
Selected Posts: Hugo Chavez/Left
Selected Posts: Israel
Selected Posts: Jews/Israelis
Selected Posts: Israeli Arabs/Palestinians
Selected Posts: Arabs/Muslims
Jews/Israelis is probably the most important one. This is because many posts in this section deal with the Israeli vs Jewish vs Arab identity. Of course the fact that Jews/Israelis are one section and Israeli Arabs/Palestinians are another is not coincidental. This is what I am saying.
In his incredibly powerful last post Faysal from the Thinking Lebanese said:
But the truth remains that any country whose citizens follow men rather than principles and belong to a tribe rather than a nation has no future in a region as merciless as the Middle East.
Source: Reap What You Sow
July 31, 2007
The New York Times on the latest paranoia gripping Basra
By STEPHEN FARRELL
Published: July 31, 2007
Take a Western army wearing out its welcome in the ancient land of Mesopotamia. Add a sharp-toothed creature with the claws of a bear and a reputation here to rival the Hound of the Baskervilles. Simmer in the 120-degree temperatures of summer and sprinkle with provincial Iraqi newspapers eager to fill newsprint gaps left by vacationing officials.
The result? Many residents of the city of Basra in southern Iraq have convinced themselves that the British Army has loosed savage cattle-eating badgers onto its unsuspecting populace as a final gesture of ill intent before it departs this summer.
Throw in, for good measure, the fervent belief that British soldiers have planted snake eggs in waterways and unleashed bomb-sniffing dogs purposely infected with rabies.
All three stories have been manufactured by Iraq’s tireless rumor mill, the only machine in the country seemingly capable of functioning day and night without need of electricity or generators.
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One Basra farmer claimed the beasts attacked his cattle. Panic spread, with other reports of it killing children.
The alarm was heightened by the rapid circulation of a cellphone video showing one fearsomely clawed and apparently dead animal surrounded by nervous villagers.
The British were soon blamed, perhaps aided by the unfortunate coincidence that one of the British Army units is named Badger Squadron.
Maj. Mike Shearer, a British military spokesman in Basra, rebutted all animal-related allegations with a straight face: “Of course we categorically deny that we have released badgers into Basra.
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A spokeswoman for Britain’s Foreign Office was more succinct in denying the rumor. “Don’t be silly,” she said.
At the British headquarters, commanders have weightier matters to consider. On senior officers’ desks sit copies of Carl von Clausewitz’s 1832 treatise, “On War,” and David Galula’s colonial-era French manual, “Counterinsurgency Warfare.”
Asked whether coalition forces were ever likely to have been as welcome in Iraq as prewar optimists hoped, one senior British officer shook his head wearily. “It would have been difficult, given the conspiracy mindset,” he said. “Just look at the badgers.”
July 21, 2008
According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israel has dramatically escalated the biological warfare it wages on the Palestinian people with rats having become its weapon of choice.
The Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa says Israel is using rats to drive Arab families out of their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem.
In the past the news agency, which is controlled and funded by PA President Mahmoud Abbas's office, has accused Israel of using wild pigs to drive Palestinians out of their homes and fields in the West Bank. In the reports, Palestinians were quoted by the agency as saying that they had seen Israelis release herds of wild pigs, which later attacked them.
But this is the first time that Palestinians have spoken of rats being used against them.
"Rats have become an Israeli weapon to displace and expel Arab residents of the occupied Old City of Jerusalem," Wafa reported under the title, "Settlers flood the Old City of Jerusalem with rats." The report continued: "Over the past two months, dozens of settlers come to the alleyways and streets of the Old City carrying iron cages full of rats. They release the rats, which find shelter in open sewage systems."
Wafa quoted unnamed Arab residents as saying that they had tried to eliminate the rats with various poisons, but to no avail.
Israel's goal was to "increase the suffering of the [Arabs] in Jerusalem by turning their lives into a real tragedy and forcing them to evict their homes and leave the city," Hasan Khater, secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian Front in Jerusalem, was quoted as saying.
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