Saturday, August 12, 2006

Children on terror: "Whoever smelt it, dealt it."

"Make no mistake": WE are the victims of terror.

We're Lebanese, we're Arabs, we're Muslims, we're different people from different places, but we're all offended - and the majority of us have been terrorized. And most of us are much older than the children who made these drawings:





My friend Nisrine Makkouk photographed these drawings made by a group of displaced, homeless, Lebanese children that she spent time with at the Al-Huda school in Beirut, where they are being sheltered. Some of the kids have signed their works...

Children on terror: "Whoever smelt it, dealt it."
Children on the US & Israel: "Whoever denied it, supplied it..."

Sickening Stuff

If you'd like to consider boycotting Israeli products,

here's the barcode associated with their goods. Look out for the first three numbers, 729.

Friday, August 11, 2006

'Concerned New Yorker Rescues Dogs From Middle East War Zone'

Passports & Wallets, Terror & Walls of Madness: WHO'S TERRORIZING WHO?

The 'Terror Plot Unfoiled' news of yesterday made me very, very nervous. People keep talking about a New World Order, but yesterday's news got me thinking that this is more like a modern-day 'Old World Order' - if that can possibly make sense. It doesn't. But then again, nothing is making sense these days.

The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961, over 40 years ago. It fell in 1989, nearly two decades ago. The fall of the Berlin Wall brought joy and relief to people all over the world. It was a progressive move, 20 years ago. Somewhere on that wall, someone wrote (in German) "eventually all walls will fall". But when?

That today, more walls are being built, is unbelievable, unacceptable, and regressive to say the least. And by whom? By the so-called "progressive" superpowers, by nations that no longer deserve to be called "First World Countries". First at what exactly? First at proudly being last? First at deluding themselves and their good citizens into thinking that they should lead the way for the rest of us, when they have no idea how? First at failing to recognize that National Security is far more important than warmongering in other countries?

As a Lebanese who was born in London and raised in Manhattan, I'm shocked that the US messed up so badly. I'm shocked that the American people have been neglected to the point where they had to experience the unbelievable destruction of the World Trade Center - 'America's two front teeth', I'm shocked that beautiful New Orleans had to suffer because the Bush Administration failed to ensure 'National Security', I'm shocked that my friends in New York, California, and Missouri have had to experience power outages - that their "Internets" (as Bush would say) are down, and I'm shocked that people are literally dying of heat. We in Lebanon are used to living without electricity, but as a New Yorker as well, I fear for America.

National Security is not about protecting a population of close to 300 million from a dozen or so "raghead terrorists". National security means making sure that your nation feels safe, warm, cool, comfortable, well-fed, healthy, educated, and both psychosocially and emotionally secure. How can those things be achieved by declaring horrifying wars on countries that are trying to develop, trying to ensure their own national security? National security will never be achieved by declaring a war on "terror" (oh how I loathe that word).

And about those walls: The Great Wall of Mexico. The US-Mexico Border Fence. I can't believe it. I just can't. Just as I couldn't believe the Israeli-West Bank Barrier Fence, The Separation Fence, or the "Apartheid Fence" - call it what you will. It's not a solution, and it's not progressive. It's regressive, and it's a serious problem. It's not about homeland security, it's about racism and discrimination. That the US is employing Mexicans to build the Wall for them, is shameful and detestable.

And now the aviation industry is being threatened to extinction. I can't help but regard the whole "terror plot unfoiled" of yesterday as an excuse to spread homeland terror, courtesy of the "homelands" themselves, i.e. the US and the UK. Liquid explosives have been around forever. Scotland Yard knows that. Everbody knows that. It's been a pain in the ass to travel ever since 9/11, and if you ask me, it's always been a pain in the ass to travel. I hate airports. But ever since 9/11, it's been unbearable. Packing and unpacking, packing and unpacking, get your laptop out, put it back in, take it out again, and put it back in -- AT THE AIRPORT. Packing and unpacking used to be something that took place at home.

And now we can only take our passports and wallets on board. No eyedrops. No water. No moisturizer. No toothpaste. But baby formula is allowed, as long as the mother tastes it first as part of a security procedure. How Medieval of the "First World".

In an article posted by the Asbury Park Press today, I read this:

No liquids, creams

Those precautions in six words: Dump the liquids before you board.

That meant no beverages, even if they were purchased in security-cleared airport shops. No shampoo or suntan lotion. No toothpaste, creams or hair gel.

"I'm a little concerned about the diaper ointment, because it's cream — I hope they allow that," said Christine Bilotti, 27, of Old Bridge as she entered a security checkpoint with her 10-month-old son.

The new regulations put into effect Thursday allowed passengers to board with baby formula, breast milk and juice for babies and small children.

"I'm still nursing him, so I lucked out with that," Bilotti joked.


Bilotti joked, but soon tits may be terrorized too, at this rate...

I also read this in another article titled 'Liquids ban on airplanes may linger', by CHRISTINA ALMEIDA, Associated Press Writer:

Ray Watson figured the ban on carrying liquids onto flights that forced thousands of travelers to discard cosmetics and other items would prove a boon for one industry: makers of toiletries.

"I can't imagine all the millions of dollars that the Colgate-Palmolives are going to reap from this," said Watson, 40, of Denver, as he waited to pick up his luggage at Los Angeles International Airport. "The Dumpsters in Phoenix were filled with shampoo and toothpaste."


What? Millions for Colgate-Palmolives? Who cares about a few million dollars worth of toiletries when billions are at stake? Shutting down the aviation industry might seem like a loss, but it is a calculated gain. Billions worth of fuel could be saved. And when people stop travelling, we'll all be living in the era of Christopher Columbus. The Old World. And then, when Bush warms up the world to the false idea that "Islamist fascism" is difficult to combat, people just may be persuaded to believe that the only way to deal with this situation is by nuking us all (Muslims, Arabs). By then, no one will be travelling, everyone will be on their homeland, and evacuations won't be necessary. So there will be little reason to think twice about nuking us in this region.

No I'm not worried about getting nuked in Lebanon. It's unlikely. But I worry for the world. And I worry for Iran. Human Beings are Human Beings. Human Beings are not Cockroaches to be exterminated.

I thought history was there to teach us how to evolve and progress. And how to avoid repeating the same old mistakes (and oh how many mistakes there are to learn from). But for some, and unfortunately for some of the most powerful, history is used as an outdated resource in finding "proven strategies", strategies that have been proven not to work.

Also see Were Bush and Blair the Targets?
And Bush seeks political gains from foiled plot

IT'S ABOUT THE WATER, STUPID

The Lebanon conflict is a precursor of future wars about resources, says Damien Mcelroy ...

To end a war with no name, the UN is proposing a solution that ignores its immediate cause.

Logic suggests the war should be called the Shebaa Farms conflict, as these settlements occupy the strategic toehold Israel retains on the Lebanese border. Hezbollah has built up its missile stocks and "resistance" units to recover the territory, while Israel maintains the area is Syrian and should be part of its peace with Damascus.

Few doubt the real importance of the area: it is the gateway to the mountains that supply one-third of Israel's water. Consider the frontier between Lebanon and Israel. To the south there are lush green groves of olive trees. Look north and the view is arid, scrappy hills where hardly a goat forages. The difference is water, its topsy-turvy availability and utilisation. There is plenty of water for both, but the watershed runs off the mountains to the north, away from Israel, and the Litani River, which Israel unsuccessfully proposed as its new peace line, carries the excess into the Mediterranean.

Israel's touchstone project was a drive to make the Holy Land bloom. Without water from the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon, which is flanked by the Shebaa Farms, the dream of abundance turns to dust. Hezbollah too loses its core motive. It cloaks its actions with Lebanese claims to the territory.

The UN resolution has no mention of Shebaa. It parks the issue in the future while the business of pushing the sides apart is undertaken. If a ceasefire results, it will likely be as hollow as the crippled tanks now stranded by roadsides. Some pundits see resource wars as the future. To a claim that Iraq was about oil, add Lebanon and water. Who said the two don't mix?

First published here on The First Post, August 8, 2006

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Israel set to invade Lebanon despite lessons of 1982 war

"MIDDLE EAST WAR: PHONEY WAR"

ALSO SEE: "Hi, my name is Danny. I'm an officer in Israeli military intelligence. In one hour we will blow up your house."

MIDDLE EAST WAR: DAY 29 Now Israel bombards Beirut with death-threat messages

Chris Hughes In Beirut, 10 August 2006

BEIRUT citizens are being bombarded with mobile phone messages issuing death threats towards Hizbollah's leader. Israeli intelligence patch them through on a recorded loop saying: "We will kill Hassan Nasrallah."

The chilling threats are an attempt to persuade residents that they are not the target of the bombs. The psychological warfare tactic comes as Israel decided yesterday to expand its ground offensive in Lebanon - which could last 30 days.

Mobile owners who have received threats say the number is untraceable and does not appear on the screen. The message says: "Hassan Nasrallah is an evil man and we are going to kill him. We are not trying to kill you - it is only him we are after.


Note: In the above article, a reference is made: "A poll showed 93 per cent of Israelis believe the campaign in Lebanon was justified, even if it inflicted suffering".

PLEASE BEWARE OF POLLS! READ THIS. THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS SAY IT ALL.

"General sacked as Israel plans invasion"

Jewish leader wants crack down on Canadian Hezbollah demonstrations

Bad Juju

It's a cliche, I know, but lately I've been getting this very creepy feelng that Bush is Mussolini reincarnated, and Olmert is Hitler reincarnated. Bush and Mussolini have a lot in common. And Olmert's starting to give me the even creepier impression that he and Hitler have a lot in common too. Moreover, each one of our current dictators was born within a year after the deaths of the former two - so regardless of whether or not you believe in reincarnation - technically, it's not impossible. And creepier furthermore, Mussolini's dead body was stolen, but was later recovered. Talk about bad juju. A lot like the Bush/Geronimo bad juju. Hmm. Too bad Mussolini and Hitler died so tragically. I wonder what the world would be like now had they died sooner than later. Maybe Mussolini would never have lived long enough to coin the term "Axis Powers". And maybe - for the love of God, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Abraham and Moses -the world could have been spared the preposterous rantings and ravings of Olmert and Bu**sh** -- Axis of Evil! Axis of Evil! Axis of Evil! Terrorist! Terrorism! War on Terror! Axis of Evil! Axis of Evil!









I hate to be morbid. It's not my style. Sorry. Peace.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Support for Hezbollah strengthens with every bombed Beirut building

Exxon-Valdez: What I've Been Trying To Say

Et Tu, Google?

I only started blogging a couple of days ago. As you can see, I decided to include Geronimo and Apache Helicopters in my blog title. It was my way of trying to share what I think is the "big picture" with whoever lands on my blog, and my way of trying to deal with the existential, daily blows to Beirut, and the annihilation of much of Lebanon (not to mention much of the world). At this point, it's not important that you get what I'm saying. What matters right now, is that one of the first things I uploaded was a great video from CNN, called "Geronimo's Skull?". It's about Bush, and Bush Senior, and Prescott Bush, Dubya's Grandaddy. And how Prescott stole Geronimo's Skull. And how Geronimo's grandson was practically begging George W. to give it back, so that Geronimo's spirit can rest. He warned that otherwise, the spirit would eventually take revenge and that it would ultimately lead to death. To make a long story short (for now), The Bush Trio has a history of being very naughty. And the CNN video I posted kinda illustrates that. I haven't even really told anyone about my blog, cuz I'm still working on it. Anyhow, about 6 or 7 hours after uploading the video, Google - to whom I've publicly and electronically declared my love - sends me this:

Your video has been rejected
video-support@google.com to me
11:47 pm (47 minutes ago)

Hi,

Your video "Geronimo's Skull?" was rejected because it didn't comply
with our Program Policies.

Videos submitted to our program are subject to an initial review to ensure that they comply with our guidelines. When videos do not meet our standards, we disapprove them. You can review our guidelines at:

http://video.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=27737&topic=1490.

Please make sure that you have all legal rights to use the content you
wish to submit to Google. For more information about intellectual
property rights and the program, please visit:
http://video.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?topic=1490

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team
http://video.google.com/

Now, what's up with that? A couple of minutes after receiving the email, they disabled the original URL from which I uploaded the CNN video.

I'm leaving the video on my blog anyway. It's the screen right underneath the functional one of George Galloway. PLOKHA, Google! (As they say in Russia).



Update: CNN's 'Geronimos's Skull?' is back thanks to You Tube.. You'll find it in the side menu under 'Videos' (or at the beginning of my Blog). I guess since they're not dealing with the same bu**sh** as Google right now, the video will stay on my blog this time.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Encouraging News, Good Timing: 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Energized (8/6/06)

Why I think George W. Bush Should Be Institutionalized

I'll explain later...When my petition is ready (I kid you not), I'll post it. And you can read all about it. In the meantime, write to institutionalizebush@gmail.com if you agree. Especially if you're a psychiatrist or a neurologist. Let's face it, he wanders around the Oval Office, asking portraits how he stands. Unfortunately he has a lot on his plate and doesn't have that much time to do it. If you don't believe me, use the Edit tool on your browser to find the word 'portraits' in the Complete Bushisms, which is under the Links section of my blog. Somehow, I feel most of you can relate... Peace.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

George Galloway discusses Hizbollah on Sky News


George Galloway discusses Hizbollah on Sky News, August 6, 2006

Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land

CNN: Geronimo's Skull?

CNN: Geronimo's Skull?

On Wednesday, May 24th at about 3:43 pm ET, CNN broadcast this odd little story. There seems to be no reference to it on CNN's website and we haven't seen any encore broadcasts since.